WWE legend The Undertaker recounted the excruciating time Rey Mysterio broke his nose and caused him to reset it during their fight.
The two superstars faced each other in four singles matches on WWE television, with the Deadman’s horror injury occurring midway through their last bout on an episode of SmackDown in 2010.
Taker – real name Mark Calaway – revealed Mysterio overshot a seated senton that meant he missed the now 57-year-old’s body and smashed his face in.
He said: “I sat up and I was like, ‘Wow, I can see my nose,’ because it was over here.
“I grabbed my nose, I set my nose back and straightened it out the best I could, but when I got up there was three of them, and he moves fast enough as it is.
When I got up there was three of them, and he moves fast enough as it is. I didn’t need three of him, so I figured I’d go for the one in the middle!
The Undertaker on Rey Mysterio
“I didn’t need three of him, so I figured I’d go for the one in the middle!”
Despite suffering a broken nose and orbital bone alongside a concussion, Taker incredibly managed to pull through and defeat Mysterio with a Tombstone Piledriver a minute after the injury.
However, WWE had to alter their plans to insert the Demon of Death Valley into SmackDown’s world title match at the Fatal 4-Way per-per-view.
Vince McMahon’s company explained Taker’s absence by having Kane discover his brother in a vegetative state.
A battle royal was put in place to determine his replacement, which ironically turned out to be Mysterio, who unmasked this week on social media, as he last eliminated the Big Red Machine.
The Mexican-American ultimately won the world heavyweight title for a second time and held it until Kane cashed in his Money in the Bank contract.
The two rematched at SummerSlam where Undertaker made his dramatic return to exonerate Mysterio and blame his kayfabe brother for his injuries.