There’s been a lot of speculation as to whether or not WWE star, Dolph Ziggler, really suffered from a “hairline mandibular fracture” (as stated on his official Twitter) after Hugh punched him at Raw on Monday, September 19th. WWE is, of course, known for staging many acts within the program, but a punch was really thrown, so there was a lot of talk about the severity of the injury. Here’s what Hugh told Entertainment Weekly about the incident:
“It was scripted that I would go for that punch,” Jackman tells EW. “But just before we went on, Dolph was yelling at me, ‘You hit me man! Just f—ing hit me!’ During rehearsal I said, ‘I’d like to do it, but I’ve spent 20 years pulling punches, trying not to hit. Trying to make it look real, but not really hit.’ He said, ‘There’s no way. There’s cameras everywhere, there’s crowd everywhere, there’s no way we can “whiff it,”‘ as they call it.”
“So I hit him,” Jackman shrugs. “He said, ‘Hit me as hard as you can.’ So I hit him pretty hard. And you can see it in my eyes. I watched [the clip] again, and you can see me going ‘Uh oh…’ a little. I’m acting like, ‘Yeah!’ but I’m really like, ‘S—, I kinda really clocked him in the jaw.'”
“The next day I read he really broke his jaw and I wasn’t surprised — but I don’t think he did,” Jackman continues, rolling his eyes. “He’s prone to exaggeration – which is why I hit him! Nah, just kidding!”
Jackman said he has been a wrestling fan since he was a kid. “What they do in the ring is real,” he says.
He puts his hands up. “I saw some faking that night, I’ll be deadly honest,” he says. “It’s scripted entertainment. But in that ring, and when you see them backstage getting warmed up, they get fired up. ‘You better f—ing hit me!’ They’re hitting each other backstage.”