We shouldn’t have to acknowledge the irony of ex-WWE ‘Cryme Tyme’ wrestler Shad Gasper being the one to stop a crime from occurring at a Florida gas station.
Vince McMahon may have labeled him & his tag partner JTG as stereotypical thugs for their gimmick but others now know him as a hero, not a criminal.
WrestleZone has the details of the ordeal:
Former WWE Superstar Shad Gaspard had a weapon pulled on him last night at a gas station in Florida by a man who said he was going to rob the place … and like a real-life superhero, the wrestler quickly sprang into action by taking the guy out.
Gaspard tells us he and his Cryme Tyme tag partner JTG stopped at a gas station after a wrestling show and he went inside to grab a drink, while everyone else stayed in the car.
While inside, a man approached him in a disrespectful manner forcefully saying to buy him a beer. When Shad told him to change his tone, the guy pulled what looked like a gun out of his pants.
Gaspard tells us he immediately thought to himself, “Fuck this, I’m not dying in Florida,” and got in the guys face to intimidate him enough to back down.
It worked, but the man told Shad he better leave because he was about to rob the place. That’s when the wrestler says he immediately rushed in and forced the gun out of his hands. He tried uncocking it, but wasn’t having luck and assumed he was just caught up in the moment.
Shad says he tried passing the gun off to the cashiers, but they didn’t want it — and the guy started making his way to the door — so he slammed the man’s head into the door, pulled him outside and got the robber into a rear naked choke hold. That’s when JTG and co. saw what was happening and called the cops. Gaspard eventually mobilized him and began searching him for more weapons. At that point he re-assessed the initial weapon and realized it was nothing more than an air-soft gun.
“I thought it was a real gun the entire time and honestly, I just didn’t want anyone to get hurt.” Adding, “I just kept thinking about how I wanted to make sure I got home to my son.”
A rep for the Coral Springs Police Department tells us the man was taken into custody for attempted robbery once they arrived on-scene. No further information was made available.
It’s always cool to see pro wrestlers and professional fighters kick some butt outside of the ring/cage, especially when it’s against wrongdoers who have no lie the amount of pain they just walked into.