Devon Nicholson, known as “Hannibal” and “Blood Hunter” in the wrestling arena, has been banned from World Class Pro Wrestling after lunging at a referee and mounting a bloody stabbing spree against the game official following his defeat in Irving, Texas on Saturday.

Over the weekend, Canadian native Nicholson was defeated by Carly Colon, formerly known as Carlito, in Irving, Texas but instead of exiting the ring after the winner was announced, Nicholson proceeded to run towards the referee, Lando Deltoro, and tackled him to the ground, the New York Daily News reported.

The wrestler would then straddle the ref's back and put him in a chokehold before revealing a spike in his hand that he used to stab and scratch the victim multiple times in the head.

“World Class, moving forward, will not be associated with Devon Nicholson... in any way, shape, form or fashion,” Jerry Bostic, the CEO of World Class Pro Wrestling said in a statement on Facebook on Sunday.

“I cannot [and] will not condone what happened last night," he added, "I didn’t see the actual incident. I didn’t see anything until I came out and Lando was laying on the ground and it was one of the most horrifying things I’ve ever seen.”

Another wrestler would run to the Deltoro aid, after which emergency services were quick to send him to the hospital for surgery. The ref reportedly had to receive multiple staples to close the gashes and the torn artery in his head. In a Twitter post on Sunday, he would share an update on his condition.

“Recovering at home, still a bit fuzzy and in pain, yes lots of pain. But I’ll live,” Deltoro wrote. “Thank you all for the outpouring of love and support. I am a firm believer that if you put good out into the world, good will return to you #downbutnotout.”

Deltoro’s friend, Kelsie Gibson, has since launched a GoFundMe page to raise $10,000 for his medical expenses.

In a video message on Monday, the wrestler claimed he was clueless that Deltoro was actually hurt during the match, noting he thought he had covered the tip of the spike with his hand. He added he thought Deltoro was putting on a show for the crowd, according to TMZ.

"If he had told me he was getting hurt, I would have stopped," he said.

Nicholson has since apologized to Deltoro on Sunday over the incident, to which the ref reportedly told him "we were cool" because as the "Hannibal" claims, Deltoro knew it was not his intention to hurt him.

Meanwhile, Wrestling previously reported that Nicholson, who runs the Youtube channel “The Hannibal TV,” also posted a video of the attack to his page. However, as on Monday afternoon, the said content seemed to have been taken down.

Devon Nicholson, known as “Hannibal” and “Blood Hunter” in the wrestling arena, has been banned from World Class Pro Wrestling for stabbing a referee in the ring using a spike after an upset. This is a representational image. Unsplash

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