The “American Adonis” of pro wrestling is being hailed a hero for an act of bravery he performed outside the ring after he rescued his mother from her burning Los Angeles home.
The 6-foot-4 inch Christopher Mordetzky, a.k.a. Chris Masters, whose signature moves in the World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. included the Master Lock and the Bear Hug, uprooted a bush and used it to smash through a window so he and police officers could save his mother, Diane, police and the former wrestler said.
“Pulled down a tree to bust my moms windows open and get her out of the house,” Mordetzky wrote on his Twitter feed @ChrisMasters310. "Thanks for all your thoughts and prayers. Moms resting comfortably with me at my place."
The drama began Tuesday after 6:30 p.m. when police responded to a call of a burglary in progress at the home in the 3700 block of Bentley Avenue on Tuesday, said LAPD Officer Christopher No, a department spokesman.
When officers arrived they found someone in the house who had threatened to light a fire if anyone came in and Mordetzky’s mother trapped inside, No said.
Once both were safely pulled out of the house, the Mordetzkys and three officers who suffered smoke inhalation, were treated for their wounds.
Police made an arrest in the casse. The investigation is ongoing, No said.
Fans quickly reacted on Twitter.
“You're an inspiration to people everywhere man!” wrote Kenneth Smitson on his Twitter page, @kage6574.
Twitter user @ericwilliams23 wrote: “Chris you're a true hero and what you did was an amazing thing...”
Twitter user @imma_bible_boyyy10 wrote: “Awesome... [You] should rename yourself to chris hero...”
No said that while everything turned out OK, he doesn’t advise people putting themselves in harm’s way.
“It did turn out good. Everything was OK,” No said. “But there’s always a risk of getting injured.”