Former wrestler Bret Hart was tackled by a spectator while he was giving a speech during the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Zachary Madsen, 26, was arrested on assault and criminal trespassing charges.
Hart, 61, was standing with the late Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart’s daughter at a podium inside the ring at Barclays Center when the 26-year-old spectator rushed the stage and threw him to the ground.
Madsen was promptly subdued by several people, including other wrestlers, who came to Hart’s defense. Hart is OK.
Several shocked onlookers posted footage of the incident online. The induction event resumed, with Hart continuing his speech, after the fan was taken into custody.
The WWE Network feed went black while a number of wrestlers and staff came to Hart’s aid and pinned the fan to the floor of the ring.
WWE Network cameras panned the crowd while the fan was removed from the ring and handed over to police officers.
“I couldn’t believe that the security had missed him in the first place and the next thing you know there was Shane McMahon and Travis Brown on top of him the crowd was going crazy booing,” Fisher told The Associated Press. “Everyone was cheering when one of the wrestlers punched him.”
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“I just felt like it was the right moment,” Zachary Madsen told police, prosecutors said in court.
Madsen allegedly rushed past a barricade and tackled Hart and a WWE security guard during the Hall of Fame ceremony at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn on Saturday night.
Madsen, of Lincoln, Nebraska, was ordered held on $1,500 bond at his arraignment on assault and criminal trespassing charges in Brooklyn criminal.
The judge also granted an order of protection against Madsen to Bret Hart and the WWE security guard, Thaddeus Jones.