Many in the wrestling world were shocked Saturday when a mystery man would rush the ring and attack Bret Hart during his acceptance into the WWE Hall of Fame as a member of the Hart Foundation. This legitimately caught the world by surprise but to Hart’s credit, he would bounce back from it seamlessly and continue his speech as if nothing had happened.
More news has come out from this interaction as the individual who tackles Hart was identified by CBS New York as 26-year-old Zachary Madsen from Nebraska. Madsen was taken to the NYPD’s 78th Precinct in Brooklyn and was charged with two counts of assault and trespassing.
Hart would suffer minor in juries in the altercation, as would a security card who attempted to subdue Madsen.
While wrestling is meant to be unpredictable and cause a stir regardless of the situation, fans getting involved in this way is never acceptable. Not only is it illegal and highly dangerous but it’s even more unacceptable when considering the fact that Hart is both a cancer survivor and a stroke survivor.
Involved in the removal of Madsen from the ring included Xavier Woods, Curtis Axel, Shane McMahon, Davey Boy Smith Jr., Heath Slater, Dash Wilder and even Travis Browne, the husband of Ronda Rousey and a former UFC fighter.
Madsen himself is also a former amateur MMA fighter and has been noted as a big WWE fan. This entire exchange was very bizarre and it’s also not even the first time that Madsen has been arrested.
Fortunately, no serious harm appeared to have been done and Madsen has been appropriately handled courtesy of the NYPD. This was a situation that could have resulted in a far worse result but those involved in protecting Bret Hart, the wrestlers, family and friends in the ring and everybody in attendance did a great job at ensuring things didn’t escalate.