• On This Day In Pro Wrestling History (April 7, 2016) – WWF Legend Passed Away
On this day in 2016, we lost Old School WWF Legend Blackjack Mulligan (Real name: Robert Windham) at the age of 73.
Blackjack Mulligan spent most of his career teaming with Blackjack Lanza as “The Blackjacks”.
Together they won multiple tag team championships, including the World Wide Wrestling Federation titles.
In 1986, Mulligan wrestled under a mask as the “Big Machine” and joined The Giant Machine (André) & Super Machine (Masked Superstar aka Demolition Ax) in a faction, called “The Machines”.
The Blackjacks were inducted into the 2006 class of the WWE Hall of Fame by their former manager Bobby “The Brain” Heenan.
REST IN PEACE BLACKJACK MULLIGAN!
November 25, 1942 – April 7, 2016
• Update On What Happened To The Man Who Attacked Bret Hart, Bret Reportedly Got Punched Once During The Confrontation
61 Year old Bret Hart was attacked by a 26 year old man named Zachary Madsen from Nebraska at last night’s WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2019 ceremony.
Zachary faced two counts of assault, one count of trespassing and a misdemeanour charge of violation of local law.
According to CBS Sports, Zachary caused minor injuries to a security guard who tried to hold him down and he delivered at least one punch to Bret. Bret didn’t require any medical help.
According to Sean Ross Sapp, Zachary is an amateur MMA fighter who competes at Welterweight (170 lbs). He has an MMA record of 2-1.
Here's a video of Bret Hart's attacker being choked out in his most recent MMA fight, which was last March pic.twitter.com/GesGd6fBet
— Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful.com (@SeanRossSapp) April 7, 2019
You can watch the clearest footage of this incident by tapping here.
While the fan was being taken out of the arena, RAW Tag Team Champion Dash Wilder delivered a punch to that fan and knocked him out!
You can watch it below:
Below is what Natalya (who gave a speech on behalf of her late father Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart) had to say about this incident:
I’m so proud of my uncle @BretHart tonight during our HOF ceremony. Bret is a cancer survivor, a stroke survivor and one of the greatest wrestlers of all time. He didn’t deserve to be attacked or have his moment or my dad’s diminished. We got it back on track. Thank you, guys🙏
— Nattie (@NatbyNature) April 7, 2019
Below is a statement that WWE issued regarding this incident:
“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.”
It should also be noted that WWE has edited out the footage of Bret Hart being attacked and all the wrestlers being in the ring to check on Bret from the WWE Hall of Fame 2019 video on the WWE Network.