- WWE wrestler Seth Rollins was attacked at a show by a fan in a unscripted and shocking attack Monday.
- Elisah Spencer jumped a metal barricade at a taping of the show Monday Night Raw, and tackled Rollins to the ground.
- Spencer said he had “beef” with the wrestler after being scammed by someone pretending to be Rollins.
WWE wrestler Seth Rollins was tackled to the ground by a fan in an unscripted and shocking attack which left the fighter “terrified.”
Elisah Spencer, 24, jumped a metal barricade and tackled Rollins as he left the ring during the live broadcast of WWE’s Monday Night Raw at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
The attacker and Rollins tussled on the ground until security and WWE officials broke up the fracas.
A New York Police Department spokesperson told ESPN that Spencer was subsequently arrested and charged with attempted assault and attempted violation of arts and cultural affairs.
WWE said in a statement: “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.”
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On Tuesday, Rollins told TMZ that he was he was shocked by the incident, but fortunately he wasn’t injured other than some swelling to the lip.
“It’s terrifying, brother,” he said. “It happened very quickly. I was mostly just reacting and hoping that our security would come and do their job. Which they did very quickly. And then was just trying to detach and move on. Hope that everybody is okay.”
“No serious injuries,” he added. “Nothing like that. I was safe, we were safe. Everything was okay.”
Spencer told the New York Daily News that he attacked Rollins because of a “legitimate beef” he had with the wrestler.
He told the outlet that several years ago he met Rollins at a meet-and-greet event. Around the same time he began corresponding with someone pretending to be Rollins via WhatsApp, who catfished him and scammed him out of around $3,000.
“He was asking me to send him gift cards in exchange for money, mostly $500 or more to see if I was loyal. He asked me to be a wrestling blogger for him. I wanted to work my way up,” Spencer said of the imposter Rollins, per The New York Daily News.
There is no suggestion that Rollins was involved in any way in Spencer being catfished.
Spencer added: “I apologized to the WWE for my actions. I had a legitimate beef but as a grown man I could have settled it a different way. If I saw him today I wouldn’t attack him. I’ve moved on.”