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Police: Wrestling show-biz bad biz

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Oct. 13 (UPI) -- Police in Jacksonville, Fla., didn't agree with a professional wrestler's description of stabbing his opponent 14 times in the ring as just show business.

In the simple jargon of law enforcement, what happened Sunday at the Radisson Riverwalk hotel was aggravated battery.

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Billed as Thunder Wrestling Federation's Shocktober 2004, the show reached a gory climax when one wrestler stabbed another 14 times with a metal object while they were grappling in the ring, reports the Jacksonville Times-Union.

Both wrestlers told police it was part of what in wrestling circles is known as "hard-core," where it is not uncommon to see such props used.

Police charged Jerome Young, 41, of Smyrna, Ga., who goes by the ring name of New Jack, with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

Young told police he and his opponent William Jason Lane, 37, of Fruit Cove, Fla., planned before the match to use a piece of metal to inflict some injury. Lane was treated at a hospital.

Promoter Maurice Williams said he had no idea the match would end the way it did.

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