A professional wrestler is credited with saving a woman’s life as she was hanging from a bridge in Calgary, Canada.
Davey Boy Smith Jr., whose real name is Harry Smith, wrote on Facebook that he was driving down the street on Sunday night when he saw a woman hanging from a bridge near Bowness Road N.W. She was crying, he noted.
In a Facebook post, Smith said he stopped and attempted to speak with her. She threatened to jump.
“I decided to grab a hold of her and not take any chances,” Smith wrote in the Facebook post. “She started to slide and want to go more as I grabbed a hold her.”
He then managed to pull her up and climbed on top of her to prevent her from taking any drastic action.
“She also said she had a gun,” he wrote. “I told her ‘miss [you’re] not going to move unless I want you to, I’m an expert grappler and [you’re] not going to shoot me. We will get you help, life is a precious thing and I’m here to help you.’”
Smith said that years of grappling helped him.
“Luckily [from] my years of grappling and self-defense I knew how to grab her hard and how to pull her up from hanging off and jumping,” he added.
He was able to keep her down until police arrived on the scene.
“I really believe if I wasn’t there and been able to grab her she would have jumped,” he said.
He added, “First off LIFE is a precious thing. I saved a life today and I am grateful I was able to do so.”
Smith, who is the son of former WWF and WCW wrestler David “The British Bulldog” Smith, was featured in the WWE and competed with the name Davey Hart Smith and won the Unified Tag Team Championship along with Tyson Kidd. He was released in 2011. He now competes in Japan.
The woman, who was not named, was apprehended on a mental health warrant. She was taken to a nearby hospital, GlobalNews.ca reported.
If you know someone who is suicidal or you are suicidal, the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available at 1-800-273-8255. For Canadians, one can call numbers listed here.