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That Time Scott Steiner Witnessed an Attempted Murder

Wrestler known as Big Poppa Pump saw a shooting go down at a Hardee’s in Georgia – but to a local reporter, he’s just a guy on the street

Over the course of his 30-year pro wrestling career, Scott Steiner was famous for his peaks, his freaks and his mathematical critiques ­­– though apparently, no one bothered to tell that to CBS 46 reporter Dante Renzulli.

Earlier this month, while he was covering a shooting in Acworth, Georgia – an incident that began in front of a Kroger and ended with a car crash near a Hardee’s – Renzulli interviewed a handful of eyewitnesses, one of whom just so happened to be Steiner (thanks, With Spandex). Of course, in the local report, Big Poppa Pump’s multiple championships in WCW, WWE and TNA weren’t mentioned…instead, Renzulli refers to him as “a man who owns a restaurant near the Hardee’s.”

“Everybody was just scattering,” the Booty Daddy said. “It was pretty freaky, but it was a once-in-a-lifetime thing. It’s a pretty mellow place around here.”

Maybe he didn’t recognize Steiner without his chain mail?

Anyway, thankfully, no one was killed, and Cherokee County Sheriffs would eventually arrest 34-year-old Ronald Beswick-Diaz in connection with the shooting. He’s charged with a litany of offenses, including six counts of aggravated assault, two counts of terroristic threats and acts and discharging a firearm near a roadway.

And in a fortuitous twist, that restaurant Steiner owns – a Shoney’s he rebuilt after a dramatic razing last year – just so happens to be having its grand opening today, with a host of his pro wrestling pals on hand to commemorate the occasion.

Don’t worry – you can bring the kids. Like Scott said, Acworth’s a pretty mellow place.

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