Mercedes Martinez legitimately knocked out on NXT match and rushed to hospital as referee throws up X signal

WRESTLER Mercedes Martinez was legitimately knocked out in a NXT match and rushed to hospital.

Following a mixed tag team match between Jake Atlas, Xia Li and Boa of Tian Sha, Martinez suffered the injury after taking a spinning heel kick.

Fans were unaware of what had happened when the referee threw up an X sign with her arms to signal that the American could not carry on.

Li, a trained kickboxer who threw the kick, checked on Martinez but it became apparent her kick caused a legitimate KO.

Martinez was attended to backstage before going to a nearby hospital for further checks.

The incident comes only three weeks after ex-WWE star Lio Rush announced his retirement aged just 26 after suffering a horror injury.

during his debut at AEW: Double or Nothing on May 30, he hurt himself while competing in the Casino Battle Royal.

When healthy again, Rush will continue his contractual obligations, before turning his back on the sport in order to preserve his body and health.

In a statement, he wrote: "The moment I went home in a sling, I kept saying to myself 'this was like an other time I got a little bruise or strain and I will shrug it off and continue on my new journey.'

"Once the pain subsided and I started to feel just how uncomfortable it was to feel my arm hanging from my body, I sunk into an immediate and rapidly growing depression because I knew something was wrong…

"Got the news that I’d be taking some time off due to this injury.

"Me thinking it would only affect my wrestling obligations, I still tried to go on about my days as I knew them. I realised just how much this would affect my everyday life.

"For anyone who knows me, you know that I work endlessly for me and my family.

"It became more and more frustrating everyday finding little things that I could no longer do.

"Like simply putting on a shirt and a much harder fact to deal with, not being able to pick up my newborn son…"

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