An ex-WWE wrestler took down a would-be robber at a Florida gas station last weekend.
Shad Gaspard, formerly one half of the popular WWE tag team Cryme Tyme, was in South Florida to attend a wrestling event when he decided to stop at a Valero gas station in Coral Springs to buy an iced tea. That’s when 35-year-old Jason Felix approached him from behind.
“This guy comes from the back of the store, and he goes, ‘Yo, man, buy me a beer,’ and I’m like, you know, I didn’t know the guy,” he said. “And I’m like, ‘Yo, man, there’s a better way to approach somebody.’”
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That remark apparently angered Felix.
“And so he started coming at me, and then he lifted up his shirt and showed me he had a gun,” Gaspard said.
The 6-foot-7, 280-pound former wrestler quickly grabbed the gun from Felix’s waistband, but it fell to the ground.
Surveillance footage shows Gaspard, who’s also worked as a bodyguard for Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, Britney Spears and Mike Tyson, grabbing Felix by the neck and pushing him out the front door.
“He was like, ‘Yo, give me the gun back. Give me right [expletive] now.’ He wasn’t listening so I grabbed him by the back of the neck, and I ran to the door,” said Gaspard. “When I ran to the door, I ran into the door hard as [expletive], trying to knock him out.”
Gaspard then applied a few wrestling maneuvers to subdue Felix until police got there.
“When we got outside, I grabbed him in a rear choke, and I threw him off, and I put him on the ground,” said Gaspard. “I put his hands behind his back, put my knee on his wrist, so he couldn’t move them.”
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Police arrived at the scene and put Felix in handcuffs.
As it turns out, the gun Felix used was an airsoft gun. Gaspard told TMZ Sports he realized the gun wasn’t a real semi-auto when it broke after he squeezed the handle.
“When I looked at it, I saw a silver casing,” Gaspard said, according to the New York Post. “I was like, ‘Oh, it’s an airsoft gun.’”
Felix has been charged with armed robbery and was being held on $10,000 bond, though he’s since posted bond.
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