Former WWE Superstar Steve Keirn has recalled an incident which ended with him accidentally shooting Barry Windham with a 9mm pistol.
Keirn enjoyed a long career beginning in the 1970’s with FCW. Over the course of the next three decades, the Tampa, Florida native enjoyed success as a singles star, but more notably as a tag team performer. Keirn found most success teaming with Stan Lane as the Fabulous Ones. Lane would of course go on to greater success as one half of the Midnight Express alongside Bobby Eaton.
Appearing on Stories with Brisco and Bradshaw, Keirn recalled how the incident with Windham went down.
“That was really an accident. I didn’t mean to shoot him.”
I always had a gun. I always loved shooting guns. One time me and Barry were coming back from a town and and I have no idea where it was or when it was. But at the same time we got out, and Barry’s standing right beside me, I mean he wasn’t in front of me at all. It was gun safety at its best.
I was unloading, and we were freaking out over the fire coming out of this 9mm pistol I had, and it shot 15 rounds. So I’m shooting the sign, a highway sign, so ‘I’m Bam! Bam! Bam! Bam!’ That’s awesome! Bam! Bam! Bam! Bam! Then all of a sudden I see Barry rolling down in the ditch. And I look over to my right and he’s done rolled out of sight. We’ve got alligators, and all kinds of stuff that I was always messing with, and I said ‘Barry be careful man, there’s snakes and alligators and you might get bit.’ And he’s going, ‘You shot me! You shot me!'”
Keirn initially thought maybe one of the shells had caught Windham’s leg as he was wearing shorts. But no, he had in fact shot his friend in the leg.
The former WWE Superstar surmised that a bullet must have ricocheted off the sign and back into a helpless Windham.
Steve Keirn debuted in WWE in the summer of 1991, as Skinner the alligator hunter. While the gimmick proved to be relatively short-lived, he also briefly performed as Doink the Clown. Keirn retired from the ring following a short stint with WCW in 1994.
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