During a recent interview with CultOfWhatever.com, former WWE ring announcer Justin Roberts took the time to speak about the time he spent with WWE, but one of the big topics he discussed was the infamous “tie choking” incident from an edition of Raw that took place years ago when the Nexus group first showed up.
For those who may not remember, the incident took place when current SmackDown LIVE General Manager Daniel Bryan was a member of the group. Bryan used Roberts’s tie to apparently choke the ring announcer at ringside during the Nexus invasion segment.
Here is what Roberts had to say regarding whether or not he was actually choked during that segment:
“That was crazy, every week for years I would look around and the people around me would get beat down but they never got me. They would always get the timekeeper and I was always safe. On that night when the Nexus invaded Monday Night Raw Arn Anderson told me before hand I may not be safe and that is when we found out what was going on. As far as the tie is concerned it wasn’t planned like Daniel came up to me and said he was going to get a tie and do this to me. He had a general idea of what was going to happen and Daniel Bryan is very smart, he is great at what he does and when he saw my laying there with my shirt off and tie around my neck instinct just took over and he saw an opportunity to get the job done which he was supposed to get done. They were told to go out there and cause havoc, nobody said don’t do this or don’t do that, they were told to make an impact. He really did strangle me and people still to this day ask me if I was acting and I wasn’t acting, I was legitimately getting choked. I tried to get my finger in-between my neck and the tie but I just couldn’t get it to go in, I was choked for a short amount of time but I was fine and when I got to the back everybody was happy with the way the segment went. Vince was happy, I was happy, Nexus were happy, the fallout came afterwards when one of the sponsors wasn’t pleased.”