NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A legendary pro wrestler was attacked by a man who ran into the ring at a WWE Hall of Fame event at Barclays Center Saturday night.
Authorities say a man from Nebraska charged into the WWE ring and tackled wrestling great Bret “The Hitman” Hart.READ MORE: COVID Vaccine Mandate For New York City Teachers To Take Effect After Federal Appeals Court Lifts Temporary Ban
Police arrested the attacker, who reportedly punched the 61-year-old Hart before being mobbed by WWE personnel around the ring.
The suspect – identified as Zachary Madsen – was taken to the NYPD’s 78th Precinct in Brooklyn and charged with two counts of assault and trespassing.READ MORE: R. Kelly Found Guilty Of All Counts In Sex Trafficking, Racketeering Trial
Aside from minor injuries to Bret Hart, Madsen also reportedly caused minor injuries to a security guard who tried to subdue him.
According to CBSSports, the WWE legend was saved by current wrestling stars Shane McMahon, Xavier Woods, Tyson Kidd, and Curtis Axel.
Travis Browne, the husband to Ronda Rousey and a UFC heavyweight, was also reportedly seen jumping into the melee to save Hart.MORE NEWS: Some Health Care Workers Still Defiant As New York State Vaccine Mandate Takes Effect
Saturday’s ceremony was leading up to the WWE’s biggest event of the year, WrestleMania 35, which is taking place at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey Sunday night.