Charlie Guenigault is a London police officer, and a big WWE fan. On Saturday, June 3, he was out for a night with his friends, wearing his Sami Zayn “Worlds Apart” shirt, naturally, when three men crashed a van into a crowd before exiting the vehicle and attacking people with knives.
Despite being off-duty at the time of the London Bridge attack and unarmed himself , Guenigault charged the attackers in order to protect others. In the process, he was stabbed in the head, leg, back and stomach - wounds which required emergency surgery and a two week stay in hospital.
When WWE learned of his actions - and his fandom - they worked with his father and the Police Federation to set up a surprise to honor him. Yesterday (Monday, June 19), Paul “Triple H” Levesque, WWE Executive Vice President of Talent, Live Events and Creative flew to London, where Charlie had been taken to an upscale hotel - unaware of what was about to happen.
Levesque visited with Guenigault before presenting him with a signed WWE title and showed him a personal message recorded by Zayn.
A message for police officer and real-life hero, Charlie Guenigault.Posted by Sami Zayn on Tuesday, June 20, 2017
“My comments when he first walked in the room are probably not suitable for a PG audience”, he said.
For his part, Haitch was equally blown away:
To run in the direction of a scary situation that can’t even be described in words, to help others … for that to be your instinct to help others … that is a hero. People say a lot of times that they watch WWE because these guys are like real-life superheroes. Well, Charlie is a real hero.
Good stuff from WWE. Amazing stuff from Charlie Guenigault.