Did you believe that A.C. Slater was the character on Saved By The Bell that could throw down? Well, you were wrong.
Dennis Haskins, who played the gang's nemesis Mr. Belding, attended a Pro Wrestling Syndicate pro wrestling event last weekend in Rahway, New Jersey. During the event, named "Saved by the Ring Bell," he served as the guest commissioner, but things got a little too heavy. Suddenly, the 61-year-old actor found himself backed against a corner, or in this case, the ropes.
Nobody buts Belding in the corner.
Belding lashed out, slamming a young wrestler to the mat as the crowd roared for the beloved TV-legend. Wrestling "legends" Hacksaw Jim Duggan and Big Van Vader were in attendance, but dared not challenged the mastodon they call Belding.
"We picked up that fans really like Mr. Belding, Dennis Haskins," PWS co-owner Pat Buck said. "He was a total trouper. He went above and beyond the call of duty, down to practicing wrestling moves. He worked his butt off. A lot of fans came out to see him. The crowd was between 800 and 1,000.
"(He) was acting like a commissioner. He was the authority figure of that night. At the end [of the match], one of the villains was acting kind of rowdy. [Haskins] and the heroes kind of kicked his butt."
Haskins showed off his wrestling expertise by dropping an opponent with a Stone Cold Stunner, a move made famous by Johnny Ace and later stolen by "Stone Cold" Steve Austin.
Didn't Dustin Diamond do some pro wrestling as well? Maybe they are just the act the WWE needs to regain its place in pop culture.
TMZ has video up of the wrestling event here.