Last night (Feb. 6, 2012) on Raw, R-Truth used the ropes to slingshot himself over for a flip to the outside on The Miz, who, by design, was supposed to catch him to help break his fall but make it look like he was getting hit.
Instead, Miz was barely touched and fell backwards, leaving his old tag teammate to fall to the floor unprotected where he landed flat on his tailbone and whipped his head back onto the floor. Padded or not, it looked terrible.
In a move we don't usually see in WWE, referees came down and helped walk him to the back, electing to take him out of the match instead of letting him continue. This is something that was made easier by the fact that it was a six-man match and losing one participant was no big deal but had they let Truth simply finish out the match, no one would have been surprised.
Now, WWE.com brings word that Truth didn't suffer any serious injuries from his nasty spill:
WWE officials have confirmed that R-Truth avoided serious injury after suffering a brutal fall on WWE's Raw SuperShow Monday night.
R-Truth performed a slingshot somersault over the top rope onto The Miz, who was outside the ring. Although the aerial attack glanced The Miz, R-Truth ended up receiving the brunt of the impact, falling back-first onto the floor. At that point, the referee decided R-Truth was no longer able to compete, and WWE officials helped him to the locker room area.
WWE officials do not believe any injuries sustained from the fall will keep R-Truth out of action.
I've seen arguments that say Miz shouldn't take the brunt of the blame here because he simply mistimed the jump and Truth wasn't in the right place to make the slingshot flip anyway. That's nonsense, though.
If you have to go out of your way to make sure your fellow wrestler doesn't get injured during a match, that's what you should do because that's what is right. Anything less than that makes you a liability. Thankfully, Truth isn't seriously hurt but it could have been a lot different.