Someone else the officer spoke to, according to the report, said he was in the vicinity of the wrestlers’ dressing room after the match and didn’t see any activity between (blank) and (blank). The report notes (blank) said he wishes to press charges against (blank) for battery due to (blank) striking (blank) with a closed fist in the face, as it was not part of the planned event.
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The officer wrote probable cause for battery was determined, based on (blank’s) statement, due to (blank) not following the script and intentionally striking (blank) in the face with intent to cause physical injury. (Blank) stated he did not give (blank) permission to use a closed fist and to strike him in the eye.
The report also noted digital photos were taken, and the case was being sent to the Florida State Attorney’s Office. As of press time, the State Attorney has not returned requests for an update regarding the decision in the case. Taylor, 26, wasn’t there when police arrived and did not return to the scene that night.
“The show was still going on, and I had to leave early to get home to my family,” Taylor said. “Literally, when I was a couple of blocks down the road, I received a call that police showed up to see me for assaulting my partner and going off script. I thought it was a joke, and up until the next day, I still thought it was a joke. I guess he had five cop cars there, about two paramedics and a fire truck.
“I don’t know what kind of call he made, but he must have made it sound real serious, like he had been jumped, and it was some kind of assault. As far as I know, he was seen by a paramedic if not taken off in an ambulance for a little punch to the top of the head that didn’t leave a mark.”
He didn’t return to speak to the police, as by then he says he got a phone call saying not to worry about it; it would blow over.
Taylor has since said he hasn’t been contacted as of press time by authorities.
“They saw the ridiculous side to it,” Taylor said. “There was no point in going back and making matters worse since he was still there as well. I went home, went to bed and didn’t think anything else of it. I woke up the next day and it kind of blew up…
“It’s closed case. He [Vachon] has since deleted his Facebook and stopped answering phone calls. A lot of radio stations and podcasts have been trying to reach out to him to get his words. I don’t know, maybe this is him trying to say his wrestling career is over.”
Word spread about the incident, and within 24 hours Taylor was the talk of the business. Wrestlers from TNA, WWE and the independent scene began using “#steelhorsing” taking Taylor’s side on Twitter.
“A lot of the respected wrestlers were coming out saying how ridiculous the whole thing was by using the whole hashtag steelhorsing in their tweets,” Taylor said. “A lot of guys from WWE and TNA were doing it.”
Taylor heard from the likes of WWE superstar Tyson Kidd asking him for his story and others like former WWE talent MVP and Dr. Tom Prichard showing their support. Video and images popped up parodying the punch and police phone call.
Within days there were Taylor and ‘steelhorsing’ T-shirts. You can even find the term in the urban dictionary. The definition says, “The act, specific to professional wrestling, of involving police presence to settle internal disputes or actions that take place within the context of a match.”