Fred Fletcher Jackson, a drama teacher and professional wrestler, swept the ABC game show Tuesday night when he solved every puzzle given to him correctly. Jackson went on to win a prize of $75,800.
“(It) very rarely happens that we get someone who just swept everything,” Sajak said of Jackson’s performance during the show.
But instead of a warm handshake or congratulatory hug, Sajak briefly wrestled Jackson after his “Wheel” victory.
“You want me to body slam him for you?” Sajak asked one of Jackson’s fellow contestants earlier in the show.
Sajak kept true to his word, placing Jackson in a playful armlock at the end of the show and putting his hand over his mouth.
Jackson reflected on Sajak’s tough love in a post-game interview with Sajak’s daughter Maggie Sajak.
“He got me genuinely,” Jackson told Maggie. “I was trying to counter his hammerlock that he had me in. I was trying to get behind him, and I wasn’t going anywhere.”
Despite the wrestling flub, Jackson said his “Wheel of Fortune” triumph was a full-circle moment.
“My mom says that my first words ever were, ‘Buy a vowel,'” Jackson continued. “‘Wheel’ was at the top of my list of dream-come-true scenarios in my life, and it’s happening.”
He concluded: “Dreams can come true because mine just did.”
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