It’s going to take a lot more than an enraged fan to keep the Hitman down.
Bret Hart says he’s doing fine following an attack at the hands of a pro wrestling fan who snuck past security and into the ring in Brooklyn on Saturday.
— WΞ FIGHT. WΞ OVΞRCOMΞ. WΞ BΞLIΞVΞ. (@AhYezzir) April 7, 2019
Hart, 61, was tackled during his WWE Hall of Fame speech by a fan, reportedly 26-year-old Zachary Madsen, who now faces assault and criminal trespass charges. And no, it was not part of the show. The fan was quickly subdued by the many wrestlers on hand, with at least one of them punching him on the face.
— Nattie (@NatbyNature) April 9, 2019
The Canadian pro wrestling legend didn’t let that stop him from continuing his acceptance speech alongside Natalya Neidhart, daughter of Jim ‘The Anvil’ Neidhart, who spoke on behalf of her late father. ‘The Hitman’ and ‘The Anvil’ formed two parts of the ‘The Hart Foundation,’ a successful WWE tag team in the 1980s and 90s.
Hart also made an appearance during WrestleMania the next night, before Natalya’s four-way tag-team match.
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“What a wild weekend to say the least,” Hart said in a message posted on Instagram. “First of all I want to thank WWE for not only the Hall of Fame honour for myself and Jim ‘The Anvil’ Neidhart, but for their hospitality with my family and friends.
“Regarding the ceremony, firstly I want to let everyone know that I am okay and was not injured. If there’s one thing I want everyone to take away from the Hall of Fame ceremony is not so much what happened, but how I wasn’t going to let anything stop me from completing my tribute to my best friend and our team.
“I’m also glad I got to join [Natalya Neidhart] and [Beth Copeland] for their WrestleMania moment. Thank you everyone for your kind thoughts and words.”