Bret Hart was attacked by a fan onstage while he was giving a speech at the WWE Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Barclays Center in New York City on Saturday, April 6.
The wrestler, 61, was giving a speech alongside Nattie Neidhart, whose late father Jim Neidhart fought Bret in The Hart Foundation team. (Jim died in August 2018. He was 63.)
Videos obtained from Twitter show a man wearing a rasta hat and blue shirt rushing the wrestling ring and grabbing Bret around the waist.
The live broadcast was eventually stopped, so people watching the show didn't have idea what was happening.
— Yes Have Some (@YHSPodcast) April 7, 2019
An eyewitness told Us Weekly, "It was horrifying. Security tried to stop him and jumped in to pull him off."
The onlooker added,
It was extremely emotional and multiple people were crying and everyone was booing and screaming. People were scared Bret would get hurt because he’d had a stroke years ago.
Multiple wrestlers including Ronda Rousey and her husband Travis Browne, Dash Wilder, Heath Slater and Braun Strowman helped Bret and the man was escorted from the arena.
Of the incident, a fan tweeted,
That was a scary moment. I watched that guy run across the arena floor dive into ring and tackle Bret Hart. Every wrestler hit that ring and wanted a piece of that guy. Unbelievable.
Here's another tweet posted by another fan.
Scary and infuriating seeing that some a-hole rushed Bret Hart during the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony and grabbed Bret. Glad Bret’s fine (and went right back to his speech!). And no surprise but great to see all those wrestlers rushed to Bret’s aid and to grab that guy.
— Eric Goldman (@TheEricGoldman) April 7, 2019
Bret Hart won WWF World Heavyweight Championship five times and WCW World Heavyweight Championship two times.
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