The rear naked choke has been getting a lot of good press lately as the go to move of casual MMA fans when they need to subdue a maniac pilot, stop a robbery, or save themselves from angry pitbulls. But it’s not all heroic tales of courage. Sometimes tragedy strikes:
A Louisiana man died at his own “Wrestlemania 28” party after he refused to “tap out” of his younger, much smaller cousin’s “rear naked choke hold,” causing him to stop breathing, police said. Stephen A. Arceneaux III, a 24-year-old from Destrehan, was pronounced dead at 10:39 p.m. Sunday night, The Times-Picayune reported.
Arceneaux had invited a number of friends to his home to watch the pay-per-view professional wrestling event. He and his 14-year-old cousin began wrestling on an inflated mattress at the party and the teenager, who weighed just 110 pounds, placed his arm around the 220-pound Arceneaux’s neck.
Witnesses said Arcenaux was in the hold for 30 to 40 seconds, but refused to give up or “tap out.” When one of the witnesses saw Arceneaux turning blue, they told the youngster to let go, but by that stage he had already stopped breathing, the report said.
Arceneaux’s girlfriend tried unsuccessfully to revive him before he was transported to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Since this was at a Wrestlemania party, shouldn’t the move be referred to as a sleeper hold? No word yet on if the family plans to sue Brutus the Barber Beefcake.