WWE's Randy Orton Gets Nut Shotted By a Fan: Real or Fake? (w/ VIDEO)
Old school wrestlers from back in the territory days, before WWE swallowed up the wrestling universe piece by piece and became a billion dollar publicly held company, will tell stories about fans (mostly in small backwater towns, where the average IQ was slightly above that of a turnip) who would get so angry with heel ("bad guy") wrestlers, that they would try and hurt them in any way they could as said performer tried to return to the dressing room from the ring post-match.
Acts of aggression from fans would include, but certainly not be limited to, punching, scratching, slapping, and yes, stabbing. Yes, in many towns there were fans who took the outcome of a scripted match -- and even more, remarks from a villain wrestler -- so seriously that they would try to literally kill him.
I'd like to think we've advanced as a society, but truth is we probably haven't. At least not in South Africa, it would appear.
WWE is currently on an overseas tour that included a stop on Monday in Cape Town, South Africa. One of the wrestlers featured prominently on the tour is Randy Orton, who is generally speaking among the more popular wrestlers right now in WWE. He's been flipped back and forth so many times, though, from babyface to heel and back again that I kind of forget what his character is right now, I just know he typically gets a big reaction anywhere he wrestles.
Now, I have no idea what American city Cape Town equates to, so it's tough for me to snark on the town as a whole. (Perhaps my droves of South African readers can help me out with that.) At any rate, at least one South African fan was channeling his "old school MId South, bumblefuck Louisiana fan" persona, as he apparently had a big problem with Randy Orton.
Big enough to jump in the ring and try to castrate him with his forearm.
Check it out:
The first question that comes up after something like this (or anything that remotely brushes up against the world of professional wrestling) is "Is this part of the act?" For their part in addressing the issue, wwe.com at the very least is putting forth the appearance of treating this like a real attack, issuing the following statement on their website the day after it transpired:
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, yesterday evening. 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.