NEW YORK – WWE’s Last Steed, pitting a star wrestler against a die-hard Brooklyn fan, was unscripted and was sparked by a bizarre two-year dispute.
24-year-old fan Elisah Spencer charged wrestler Seth Rollins out of nowhere after Monday night’s grappler match at Barclays Center with Finn Baylor, taking the WWE star to the ground before staff and security were overpowered and wiped out. ‘take away the intruder. He now faces criminal charges in the savage attack.
Spencer told the Daily News he was trying to help Rollins’ rival on Monday Night Raw – and wanted to sort out an issue dating back to 2019 about what appears to be a fishing scam. cat concocted by someone posing as the popular wrestler.
“I apologized to WWE for my actions,” Spencer told The News from his home in Red Hook, New Jersey. “I had a legitimate ox, but as an adult I could have settled it in a different way… If I saw it today, I wouldn’t attack it. I’ve evolved.
Spencer told The News he first met Rollins when he met a few years ago, where he asked the wrestling star to help him launch his own career at the company. . But things took a turn for the worse after he started communicating on WhatsApp and other messaging services with someone he remains convinced was Rollins.
“He was asking to send me gift cards in exchange for money, mainly $ 500 or more to see if I was loyal,” he said. “He asked me to be a wrestling blogger for him. I wanted to climb the ranks.”
After purchasing approximately $ 3,000 worth of cards, the check returned by “Rollins” was bounced.
Spencer said he communicated with Rollins through accounts under his WWE name and real name, Colby Lopez, and that he was blocked on social media by Rollins’ wife Becky Lynch, who is the current Raw Women’s Champion.
He posted chat logs between himself and “Rollins” on his Instagram account after Monday’s incident, but none of those exchanges showed anything that would prove he was actually talking to the wrestler.
“All of your real fans love you very much and those who are fake fans will be fake fans,” Spencer wrote in a social media exchange. “I’m a real fan of yours.”
Rollins, speaking on Wednesday with TMZ in Los Angeles, offered no indication of any interaction with Spencer – and called for a ban on fan participation in future WWE events.
“It’s terrifying, brother,” Rollins said. “It happened very quickly. Once the tackle was passed, I knew what was going on. The guy was turning around the corner.
The hardcore wrestling fan recalled reserving a front row seat on Monday’s show. As Rollins left the ring after beating Baylor, the 5-foot-4, 180-pound Spencer rushed the WWE star.
“My plan was to help Finn Baylor. I’m a fan, “he said.” I love his aura, his attitude. I love everything about his charisma. I love everything about him.
“I jumped from where I was sitting. I ran and speared Seth Rollins. I opened his lip and he got into a headache, ”he continued. “I broke the headband and tried to grab it, then the refs and security guards separated us.”
Police charged Spencer with attempted assault and attempted violation of artistic and cultural affairs by disrupting a live sporting event. He received a ticket to appear in court at a later date and released.
“WWE takes the safety of its performers very seriously,” the professional wrestling company said in a statement Wednesday. “The individual who attacked Seth Rollins has been turned over to the NYPD and will be prosecuted to the fullest of the law.”