Royal rumble! Moment fan, 24, hurls himself at ex-WWE champion Seth Rollins, 35, and knocks him to the ground at Brooklyn event
- Video posted to social media shows a fan hurling himself into WWE superstar Seth Rollins, 35, during an event at Barclays Center in Brooklyn
- A man, 24, jumped a guardrail and appeared to come out of nowhere as he tackled the wrestler knocking him to the ground
- Videos show the man’s legs wrapped around the wrestler’s head before WWE referees and security staff were able to apprehended the attacker
- NYPD officials say the suspect was taken into custody and charges are pending
WWE star Seth Rollins was attacked by a fan who sprinted at him knocking him to the floor during an event at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Monday night.
Elisah Spencer, 24, jumped over a guard rail at Monday Night Raw and tackled Rollins – one of the WWE’s biggest stars and a former WWE champion – as he was walking up a ramp out of the arena.
The incident doesn’t appear to have been a stunt, since Spencer was arrested at the scene and charged with attempted assault and attempted violation of arts and cultural affairs for disrupting a live sporting event.
It all happened in full view of television cameras which were broadcasting live but then rapidly pulled away from the scene.
WWE wrestler, Seth Rollins, 35, was gesturing to TV cameras when he was suddenly blindsided by a crazed fan
The fan seemingly came out of nowhere giving Rollins little time to react to the man
Rollins was knocked to the floor while the man, in red pants, pinned his head to the floor
Several referees in black and white striped shirts ran to separate the pair from one another
One WWE fan at Barclays Center attempted to get into the action by attacking one of the wrestlers. A fan jumped the guard rail near the back of ramp and tackled WWE star Seth Rollins as he walked back from his match during ‘Monday Night Raw’ on Monday
Meanwhile, shocked fans filmed the incident and jeered before posting the violent footage online.
WWE officials including security and referees quickly intervened to pull Spencer off Rollins before the attacker was escorted out of the arena by around six security guards.
Rollins, whose real name is Colby Lopez, yelled at Spencer as he was being taken away and attempted to stay in character, but there was no further interaction between the pair.
The scuffle saw several security guards and WWE referees run over in an attempt to break up the scuffle
The crowd yelled their support for the security guards chanting ‘F**k him up! F**k him up!’ as he was marched out.
Later, WWE released a statement regarding the incident:
‘WWE takes the safety of its performers very seriously. The individual who attacked Seth Rollins has been turned over to the NYPD and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.’
Rollins sustained swelling to his lip after the attack, police say, but he refused medical attention.
Little is known about Spencer except his age. He lives in Red Hook, just a 30 minute transit ride from Monday’s event.
Rollins, whose real name is Colby Lopez, yelled at the man as he was on the floor and tried to stay in character
Rollins could be seen shouting at his attacker and at least four security guards rush to escort the man out of the area
Rollins could be seen still shouting at the man who had blindsided him as he walked up a ramp to exit the area