TV arm wrestle goes horribly wrong in Australia
A live Australian television charity arm wrestling competition went horribly wrong when a former rugby league player screamed in agony after having his arm broken.
Former State of Origin forward Ben Ross snapped his right arm in the wrestle with former Test winger Wendell Sailor on the Nine Network’s Footy Show in Sydney late Thursday.
Ross, 35, who once broke his neck in a National Rugby League club game, said it is the most painful injury he has had.
The muscle men went face-to-face in the contest to raise money for a charity.
Graphic footage of the incident, which shows Ross screaming in agony before host and former Test player Paul Vautin hurriedly cuts to an ad break, has gone viral on social media.
“Go to a break. We need an ambulance,” yelled Vautin.
Ross said from his Sydney hospital bed Friday that he heard a snap and noticed his arm at a different level.
“When I looked at Wendell’s face I knew something was wrong,” Ross told the Nine Network.
“This is probably the most painful thing I’ve ever had,” he said.
Sailor has apologized profusely for the mishap.
“Even if you didn’t like someone you never want to do that to someone ... just watching his face, hearing that noise go snap ... it was just terrible,” Sailor said.
Ross has nonetheless been in good spirits, tweeting from his hospital bed.
“Wasn’t anyone’s fault mate. @NRLFootyShow were amazing with their help and care last night,” he tweeted.