WWE legend Bret Hart attacked by fan during his Hall of Fame speech
The attacker is facing charges from the New York Police Department.
The Best There Is, The Best There Was, The Best There Ever Will Be.
That's how WWE fans will remember Bret Hart's time in the ring because he will always be known as one of, if not the greatest, to have ever graced the squared circle.
Hart has held championships in five decades from the 1970s to the 2010s, with a total of 32 throughout his career. To out this into perspective, he held 17 titles between the WWF/WWE and WCW. Among other accolades, he is a five-time WWF World Heavyweight Champion and a two-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion.
He was also involved in two of the most important matches in the history of the WWF - now known as the WWE - the submission match with Stone Cold Steve Austin at WrestleMania 13 and of course, the infamous Montreal Screwjob against Shawn Michaels.
After a period in WCW and the independent circuit, 'The Excellence of Execution' returned to the WWE on 2005 and was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame class of 2006 by Stone Cold Steve Austin.
In terms of this year's inductees, Hart was once again on the stage because he was being inducted as part of the Hart Foundation tag team along with his recently deceased tag team partner Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart.
However, the night was ruined when a fan jumped over the barricade, entered the ring, and tackled the wrestling legend during his speech.
After realising what was happening, the director of the WWE show decided to cut away from the incident and the screen went to black as Hart stood alongside Natalya, Neidhart's daughter and an active WWE superstar.
The 26-year-old fan was promptly removed from the building and is facing charges from the New York Police Department, according to the Associated Press.
After the brief interruption, the show continued as planned. Hart resumed his speech and appeared to be relatively unharmed.
Hart, 61, has survived both a stroke and a battle with cancer.
Here's some of the footage that was captured by fans.
Fan tackles Brett Hart at the Hall of Fame awards and gets destroyed by wrestlers and Rhonda Rousey’s husband. Nothing fake about this! pic.twitter.com/WKdE6KVLlB
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