An overzealous WWE fan upset by Seth Rollins’ actions in the ring on Raw faces criminal charges after assaulting the professional wrestler.
A fan who attacked pro wrestler Seth Rollins during WWE Raw on Monday night is now facing the legal ramifications. During the live show at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, Rollins left fan-favorite wrestler Finn Balor flat in the ring after two Curb Stomps, his signature maneuver, sparking a brutal cheer from the crowd. The storyline apparently went too far for one fan in attendance, as 24-year-old Elisah Spencer rushed past security to attack Rollins while the wrestler was on his way backstage.
Footage of the incident has gone viral online and some fans have recorded what happened from other angles, revealing more than what was shown on television. Spencer goes to tackle the wrestler, but Rollins restrains him with a headlock as umpires and guards intervene. After they separated, you could see Rollins yelling at Spencer as he was escorted out of the building, with the “Monday Night Messiah” clearly angry but thankfully not seriously injured. Rollins suffered a swollen lip but reportedly refused medical attention and reappeared on Raw for a separate segment later in the show.
Shortly after the attack, a WWE statement read that the company “takes the safety of its performers very seriously.” They also noted that “the person who attacked Seth Rollins has been turned over to the NYPD and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.” ESPN’s Marc Raimondi now reports that the fan has been officially charged with attempted assault and attempted violation of arts and culture matters.
There have been many instances where professional wrestlers have been attacked by fans on wrestling shows who invested a bit too much in the storylines, usually leading to the wrestlers taking shots at the fans to protect themselves. It even happened during the WWE Hall of Fame induction ceremony in 2019 when a man attacked retired wrestler Bret Hart during his inaugural address. Security and other wrestlers were quick to come to Hart’s aid, shaking his attacker. Strangely enough, this also happened at the Barclays Center where this new incident just happened to Seth Rollins.
“It was a bad day for that man. I feel bad that it happened,” Hart later said of his attack on the… Main event on Sunday evening podcasting. “It was stupid to do… [But] you cannot take anything for granted. Wrestling fans are very passionate. They get caught up in the storylines and all the things that come with wrestling and all the good stuff, but I wouldn’t recommend attacking wrestlers in the Hall of Fame.”
Asked why the fan might have attacked him, Hart said: “They just want the attention. They want the headline. They want us all to talk about it on the radio now. This is my first time talking about it. I like it sorry it happened i don’t feel sorry for him he got pretty hurt i think some of the wrestlers who jumped on him came down on me pretty hard trying to protect me which i appreciate but it’s better to leave something unspoken.”
Trying to get involved in the action during professional wrestling events has both legal and physical ramifications, so it’s always best to stay behind the guardrails in any case. You can also watch the action from the comfort of your home by streaming WWE content on Peacock.
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