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World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) is a pro-wrestling company where its superstars compete inside a square  ring , with storylines generally based on conflicts between heroic “faces” and villainous “heels”. But, during their athletic performance inside the ring in front of live audiences in arenas, the WWE superstars can suffer serious or life-threatening injuries.

During live TV or at a house show, when a WWE pro-wrestler is unable to compete inside the squared ring during a match, due to legitimately getting hurt, the referee crosses his or her arms above their head in an “X” formation. This sign states to the other pro-wrestlers, commentators, and all the officials in the arena that the performer is injured for real and they would need medical assistance as soon as possible.

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Sometimes, the promotion does utilise this sign as part of a storyline, but they are able to differentiate the exact reason for its occurrence. In conclusion, we can say that the X sign in the WWE is a lifesaver in more ways than one.

Bayley suffers knee injury at WWE live event; prompts referee to throw up an X sign

During the WWE live event on July 16, Sunday, in Salisbury, Maryland, the six-time champion Bayley suffered a legitimate injury in her right knee. The moment occurred when she attempted a clothesline move, during a triple-threat women’s championship match involving the title holder Asuka and Charlotte Flair.

Seconds later, WWE referee Jessika Carr threw up an X sign, before tending to a fallen Bayley inside the ring. Medical personnel came to the ring to examine the pro-wrestler shortly after, before the company staff helped her in leaving the ring.

In the meantime, the match continued as Asuka managed to roll up Flair to retain her WWE Women’s Championship.