Indy News: Wrestler threatened at gun point by fan at live event
If it was Paul Lee’s actions that brought it about, kayfabe just transcended another level. The wrestler, known in indy circles as “The Real Nature Boy”, probably had his heart in his mouth when a fan rushed into the ring and pointed a loaded gun at him.
The Rome News-Tribune reports that Paul Lee was in the midst of a match with Shannon ‘Iron Man’ Mann at an American Wrestling Federation event in Ringold, Georgia when 50-year-old Patricia Ann Crowe barged into the ring and pulled a loaded gun on him.
Lee, playing heel, tied Mann in the ring and proceeded to hit him repeatedly with a steel chair when Crowe came to the latter’s rescue, cutting him loose with a knife before pointing the gun in Lee and show commissioner Robbie Rude’s face.
Crowe has, according to Lee, been in attendance at several shows over the years, but this was a first. In his own words: “I had him tied up and was beating on him, and this lady jumps up with a knife, cuts him loose, and then pulled a loaded gun on me.
“She had that thing loaded with one in the chamber and the safety off. All it would have taken was for her to get shaky with that thing and it could have fired. [Crowe’s] been to several shows over the years off and on, but she was acting like a nut Saturday night.”
Crowe was provoked after she and Lee had words at some point during the match. She admitted, “He was talking mean to me, and I got mad. I guess I just let my temper get the best of me and I pulled my pistol on him.”
She was released after paying $4000 bail, something that enraged Lee. He said that AWF is planning to have metal detectors at future events.