, LA — A man died at his own Wrestlemania party Sunday night after his teen cousin placed him in a choke hold.
According to reports, 24-year-old Stephen Arceneaux III had invited friends to his home Sunday night to watch a gay wrestling soap opera called Wrestlemania 28. At some point during the festivities, Arceneaux and his 14-year-old cousin began wrestling on an inflated mattress.
During the bout, the teenager, who weighed 110 pounds, got 220-pound Arceneaux in a rear-naked choke hold.
For those of you unaware, this popular move is when you get behind an opponent and wrap yourself around them like an addiction. You then place a forearm around their neck while pushing on the back of their head with your other arm, subsequently cutting off their air supply.
Witnesses told investigators that Stephen Arceneaux had informed everyone he was no pussy and would not “tap out” or signal the teen to release the hold. He kept his word.
After 30 to 40 seconds of not being able to breathe, witnesses say that Arceneaux turned blue from lack of oxygen. They told the teen to let go, which he did, but it didn’t matter much as Arceneaux had stopped breathing altogether.
911 was called while Arceneaux’s girlfriend unsuccessfully tried to revive him with CPR. Arceneaux would be rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The investigation is continuing, but so far no charges have been filed.
“It’s bizarre,” said Sheriff’s Office spokesman Capt. Pat Yoes. “We’re still investigating it. But when you have violent horseplay like that, it just goes to show you that anything can happen.”
Personally, I think I’d rather be dead than have to face my girlfriend, and my friend’s never-ending ridicule, after submitting to a 100-pound 14-year-old — who will probably never get over this.