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Wrestler The Undertaker Nearly Had A ‘James Hetfield Moment’

Mark Halaway, better known as WWE’s The Undertaker, suffered minor burns Sunday night in St. Louis after a pyrotechnics display that he routinely enters to had a “timing mistake” and set his jacket on fire.

World Wrestling Entertainment spokesman Robert Zimmerman says the wrestler, whose real name is Mark Calaway, is fine. In fact, he wrestled after being burned Sunday night and was back in the ring for WWE’s “Raw” show on Monday.

The Undertaker enters the ring as fireballs explode. Zimmerman says there apparently was a timing mistake Sunday and the wrestler’s jacket caught fire.

He threw down the jacket and was evaluated by a ringside physician. Zimmerman says The Undertaker’s chest was red as if he had gotten a sunburn but he was cleared to wrestle.

Timing mistake my ass! Now, to be frank, I haven’t been a big fan of professional wrestling since I was in junior high, so I might be behind the times on what is currently going on, but I can smell a rat when I, um, smell it:

The brainchild behind this entire operation was none other than Hacksaw Jim Duggan. Him or Cowboy Bob Orton. One of those two for sure. Or “Superfly” Jimmy Snuka. Could have been Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat, too, come to think of it.

Pro wrestler suffers minor burns in mishap [SI/AP]