While shuffling half-asleep toward his bathroom in the dark for a late-night pee, deathmatch wrestler Mad Man Pondo stubbed his toe on a door frame, causing him to bleed profusely from his forehead.

“Dangit!” blurted Pondo (real name Brad Minpaundo), grasping his throbbing pinky toe as a rivulet of blood flowed from a small gash just under his hairline. “Owww, ow ow ow ow ow owwwwww!” 

The moment Pondo slammed his toe into the wall he knew it was a really nasty bump, so he instinctively reached for a taped-up corner of a razor blade, concealed in the waistline of his jammy pants for occasions such as this, and then used the razor to surreptitiously make a small incision in his forehead. 

Although nobody was around to witness the subsequent bleeding, Pondo felt the so-called “blade job” helped to convey how “hardcare” the toe-bump really was. 

Pondo is a legend of deathmatch wrestling — he has survived fire, barbed wire, broken glass, and being slammed onto a board of sharpened No. 2 pencils — but “stubbing that dang pinky toe is the most painful bump I ever experienced,” he said. 

“I knew I needed to get color,” added Pondo. “It adds drama — and, more importantly, it helps regulate my blood sugars.”


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