Davey Boy Smith Jr. has played a villain on the pro wrestling circuit, but on Sunday, the 32-year-old former WWE star portrayed a real-life hero. According to an essay he posted to his Facebook page early Monday morning, Smith saved the life of a woman who was about to commit suicide by jumping off a bridge.
“WOW. what a day,” he wrote. “I saved a life today and I am grateful I was able to do so.”
Smith, the son of WWE legend the British Bulldog and the nephew of Bret and Owen Hart, said that while driving around Calgary he came across “a girl crying and hanging off the bridge.” Someone already was attempting to assist the woman, Smith said, adding it looked like the man needed additional help.
“I stopped and jumped the barricade and tried talking to the girl. And she was crying and an emotional mess and threatening to jump if I got closer,” he said, noting that’s when he sprang into action.
“With people on the ground waving her not to jump I decided to grab a hold of her and not take any chances,” he continued. “She started to slide and want [sic] to go more as I grabbed a hold her. Luckily 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.”
“She wasn’t exactly small either,” he added. “I knew not to grab her clothing because she would have ripped though it. When I yanked her off the bridge finally, I established the mount position as you do in Grappling and did not let her budge. She also said she had a gun too.”
Smith said the woman continued to put up a fight on the ground, but he told her, “Miss your [sic] not going to move unless I want you to, I’m an expert grappler and your [sic] not going to shoot me.”
“I held her until the police came and the police thanked me for my help,” he said. “They cuffed her and have her under arrest to get the help which she greatly needs.”
Smith called the experience “very scary” but said he is thankful that he was in the right place at the right time — and that he had so much wrestling experience.
“I’m glad I was at service to help somebody today and my years of grappling came into play,” he said. “I really believe if I wasn’t there and been able to grab her she would have jumped.”
Calgary police confirmed Smith’s story to the Global News, which reported the woman was apprehended on a mental health warrant and taken to the hospital.
Smith, whose real name is Harry Smith, currently wrestles in Japan. He previously worked for WWE under the name David Hart Smith from 2009 to 2011, when he briefly held the tag team championship alongside Tyson Kidd.