Heath Slater needed airline crew members to rescue him after the door latch on the airplane bathroom broke off while he was inside. (WWE/iStock)
WWE wrestler Heath Slater found himself in an awkward position on a flight the day before New Year’s Eve.
Slater was on his way to Miami, FL, for Monday Night Raw. At some point during the flight, the 34-year-old got up to use the restroom, where he became trapped after the door lock stuck.
A team of crew members on the flight had to break out the wrestler by unhinging the bathroom door and then forcefully unlatching the lock with a screwdriver. Fellow WWE wrestler Curtis Axel, who was traveling with Slater to the event, filmed the crew members trying to help save Slater from the tiny commode – and added some colorful commentary that kept everyone laughing, including himself.
“Don’t let him out. He’s a vicious animal,” Axel narrated as a flight attendant asked Slater to help unlatch the door’s hinges.
At one point, Axel jokingly accused his friend of staying in on purpose and ordered him to “stop playing around” and “open the door.”
Finally the crew is able to get the door open. In the video Slater is seen leaning against the sink, shaking his head.
WARNING: The video contains some inappropriate language.
“I locked it and then I went to unlock it and the knob came off and I’m like, ‘Oh you gotta be kidding me,’” the wrestler explained in the video once he had been rescued.
Fortunately he doesn’t appear to be claustrophobic, but he did write that the pint-sized lavatory was “getting so hot” while he waited.
Slater did make it to Raw, where he was beat by Braun Strowman in the New Year’s Day match.