Bret Hart attacked by fan during WWE Hall of Fame ceremony

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Wrestling legend Bret “The Hitman” Hart was attacked and taken to the ground during his WWE Hall of Fame induction speech on Saturday night at the Barclays Center.

Hart, who was accompanied by his niece Natalya Neidhart, was speaking after being named to the WWE Hall of Fame alongside his late brother-in-law Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart.

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The surprise attacker tackled Hart to the ground and was immediately swarmed by security and other WWE wrestlers in attendance. The simultaneous broadcast on the WWE Network cut to black before coming back and showing shots of concerned and confused fans in the stands.

The man has been identified as Zachary Madson and was charged with two counts of assault, among others, according to the New York Post. Hart told cops that he does not know Madson, who is scheduled for arraignment later on Sunday in Brooklyn.

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 04: Bret Hart attends the "Big Event" at the LaGuardia Plaza Hotel on March 4, 2017 in New York City.  Photo by: George Napolitano/ MediaPunch/IPX
Bret Hart, shown here at the "Big Event" on March 4, 2017 in New York City, was attacked by a fan during the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony on Saturday in Brooklyn. (George Napolitano/ MediaPunch/IPX)

While being taken away from the ring, the attacker was allegedly struck in the face by another male appearing to be WWE star Dash Wilder.

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Once the attacker was subdued and removed, WWE star Drake Maverick stepped to the microphone and instructed the crowd to “pay no attention” to the man who just interrupted the show.

Neidhart also diverted attention by announcing “it’s time for our speech.”

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Hart regained his composure and continued with his speech.

Shortly after the incident, WWE released a statement:

"An over-exuberant fan surpassed our security at ringside and made his way briefly into the ring. The individual has been turned over to the proper authorities."

According to Arash Markazi of the Los Angeles Times, the attacker has been charged with two counts of third-degree assault and disorderly conduct.

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Following the scuffle, Hart’s family, specifically Neidhart and his nephew Davey Boy Smith Jr., addressed the incident on social media.

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