CT fan attacks WWE star
31 July 2013, 15:02
Cape Town - WWE wrestling star Randy Orton was attacked by a fan who entered the ring during an event at Grand West Arena on Tuesday night.
A fan in attendance took a video of the incident and uploaded it on YouTube. It shows Orton standing on the turn buckle, facing the crowd, when a man walks into the ring and strikes Orton from behind.
While it may be hard to determine if the event was staged or not, the WWE issued a statement which suggests the incident was not part of the planned events.
The statement issued by the WWE on its website read:
"WWE.com has learned that Randy Orton was violently attacked by an audience member during a SmackDown World Tour Live Event in Cape Town, South Africa, this evening (Tuesday). Footage of the attack was captured by a WWE fan and posted to YouTube, and shows the perpetrator striking Orton from behind. The matter is currently under investigation by the local authorities, and the South African fan is being held in jail pending criminal charges. The extent of Orton's injuries are unknown at this time."
The 33-year-old Orton, who is 1.96m tall and weighs 107kg, started his WWE career in 2002.