Wheel Of Fortune Host Pat Sajak Attempts To Tackle Contestant In Incredibly Awkward Encounter

Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak is going viral after attempting to tackle a contestant on the show. 
Credit: ABC

Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak is going viral after attempting to tackle a contestant on the show. 

The iconic game show follows contestants as they compete against each other by solving word puzzles.

Winners can end up with huge cash prizes which are determined by a spinning wheel.

In a recent Hawaiian-themed episode, a player named Fred reveals that along with being a drama teacher, he is also a professional wrestler.

Watch the awkward moment Pat Sajak attempts to tackle Wheel of Fortune contestant Fred in the clip below…

He goes on to admit that he gets paid ‘very little’ from this side gig – but it’s something he does ‘for fun’ as he enjoys it.

Throughout the show, Sajak, 76, teases the contestant about being a wrestler.

As Fred keeps winning, the host goes on to call him a ‘brute’ and asks the other contestants if they’d like to see him ‘body slam’ the contestant.

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“Just because he’s a professional wrestler… you want me to body slam him for you?” Sajak asked the other contestants, who all respond by saying ‘yes’.

The wrestler makes it all the way to the bonus round and guesses the puzzle in three attempts during the ‘Phrase’ category.

Sajak then announces that the drama teacher will be taking home a whopping $75,800.

This leaves Fred emotional – before he flexes his muscles in celebration and hugs his dad.

Pat Sajak tackles Wheel of Fortune on the show.
Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak is going viral after attempting to tackle a contestant on the show. Credit: ABC

It’s at this moment that Sajak runs over and grabs Fred, bending his arm behind his back and grabbing his face with his other, while placing him in a halfway headlock.

Fred is a good sport and goes along with the stunt while appearing to wince in pain for the cameras.

Wheel of Fortune viewers have been quick to take to social media and react to the viral moment.

“What was with Pat at the end?” asks one fan.

Another person says: “Not only another perfect game but another showdown with Pat vs. another contestant!”

While a third writes: “Pat looks like he’s ready for WWE week!”

Somebody else comments: “That’s wild.”

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Wheel of Fortune has been airing since 1975 and it’s been hosted by Sajak since 1981.

The host revealed that he ‘may go before the show’ in a chat with Entertainment Tonight

Sajak explained: “In most television shows by this time, you would have said, ‘That’s probably enough’, but this show will not die.

“Years go by fast. We’re getting near the end. It’s been a long [time]. We’re not gonna do this for another 40 years.”

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Written by Rosario Monachino

Rosario is a content editor at IGV who specialises in film, TV and entertainment news. He has a degree in English and Film from the University of Salford and a masters in Journalism from Liverpool John Moores University.