There are various levels of fame among the newest class of signees to WWE's developmental program, but only one of them has been chopped in the neck by UFC bantamweight (and future Divas?) champ Ronda Rousey.
In an interview on WWE.com, Christopher Girard talks about the incident. Girard wrestled on the independent scene as Biff Busick, and at a Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (PWG) show in California last October, Rousey was in attendance with friends and training partners. PWG shows are held at an American Legion Hall in Reseda, in front of small but rabid crowds with lots of seats figuratively on top of the ring.
We'll let Girard take it from there:
PWG is such a crazy atmosphere; sometimes when you're there, you just don't know what's going on. I remember I was outside the ring and my opponent, Tommaso Ciampa, opened me up to a fan and unfortunately, I have to admit I did not recognize it was Ronda Rousey at first, because she was kind of incognito. And then I heard somebody say, "That's Ronda Rousey."
Right as she was rearing back, I realized who it was and I was like, "Oh man, this girl ... I hope I don't get knocked out and totally embarrassed in front of this crowd." She hit me hard, but fortunately it wasn't on the chin — it was more of the throat area. I got a little choked up but thankfully she didn't knock me out.
See for yourself:
The scene was a viral sensation, and still lives on in GIF form around the web to this day...
But did it lead to Girard getting signed? In the interview, the 29 year old talks about his road to WWE, including working as an extra and enhancement talent in years past, but he can't rule out the role getting chopped in the throat by "Rowdy" played in his next tryout or getting the call from Triple H this Summer:
It was insane, man. At that point, I guess I was just an independent wrestler, not too popular, but the exposure that I got from that was overwhelming, which shows the popularity of Ronda Rousey and what she did for me. Getting beaten up made me more popular than anything else I've done in my career. It was pretty wild.
Who knows? Maybe Girard can get revenge by cornering Charlotte or Stephanie McMahon at WrestleMania?
Or maybe he should just thank Rousey for whatever part she played in making it to WWE.