A 26-year-old man was arrested on Saturday for slugging WWE legend Bret “The Hitman” Hart in the face as he was making a Hall of Fame speech at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, police said By Christina Carrega and Ileana Riveros
As Hart was accepting induction for the second time — this time as part of the tag team The Hart Foundation, along with the late Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart — a fan rushed into the ring and punched him.
The live broadcast on the WWE Network was interrupted as several people, including many wrestlers, rushed in the ring to pull the man away from Hart, who was alongside Neidhart’s daughter, Natalya. Natalya, who is a WWE wrestler herself, was also slung to the ground during the skirmish.
“An over-exuberant fan surpassed our security at ringside and made his way briefly into the ring,” WWE later said in a statement obtained by ESPN. “The individual has been turned over to the proper authorities.”
Security held down the unidentified man until police arrived and took him into custody. He was taken to the 78th Precinct, just blocks from Barclays Center, and charges are pending.