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Wrestling spectator tackles WWE's Seth Rollins during live broadcast

A man was arrested and accused of assault in the incident, which left Rollins with a swollen lip.
Seth Rollins before his fight with Edge during the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Crown Jewel pay-per-view in the Saudi capital Riyadh on Oct. 21, 2021.
Seth Rollins before a match during the World Wrestling Entertainment Crown Jewel pay-per-view event in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, on Oct. 21. Ahmed Yosri / Reuters file

A man seen tackling pro wrestler Seth Rollins at a WWE event in New York City during a live broadcast Monday night has been accused of assault.

Video shows a man on top of Rollins, who then wiggles away, before five or more security workers and referees pile on the man and carry him away.

The incident happened at Barclays Center during a broadcast of "WWE Raw," also known as "Monday Night Raw," New York police said.

Rollins was suited up and scheduled to take on Finn Bálor, but the match didn't happen because Bálor was injured before the bout, World Wrestling Entertainment said.

Police said the man left his seat, jumped a metal barricade and tackled Rollins as Rollins walked up a ramp to the stage at about 9:20 p.m. Monday.

A suspect, identified as Elisah Spencer, 24, was arrested on suspicion of assault and suspicion of disrupting a live sporting event, police said. No one answered a phone number listed for Spencer's address.

Rollins sustained a swollen lip but refused medical aid, police said.

"WWE takes the safety of its performers very seriously," the organization said. "The individual who attacked Seth Rollins has been turned over to the NYPD and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."