More wrestlers and fans are speaking out against abusers in wrestling.
Update 6/23/20: My latest podcast on the shocking Joey Ryan allegations, Marty Scurll being accused of underage sex, AEW suspending Sammy Guevara for reprehensible comments about Sasha Banks on a 2016 podcast, and much more:
Update: Impact Wrestling has fired Joey Ryan and Dave Crist.
Resources for Abuse Victims:
For legal reasons, we have to note these are allegations. However, they need to be taken very seriously.
The anonymous sexual assault allegation came short after Ryan released a statement via Twitter vaguely apologizing for undisclosed past actions. The “apology/statement” was not well received by fans and fellow wrestlers, notably Ryan Nemeth (Dolph Ziggler’s brother) and All Elite Wrestling star Joey Janela.
Update 6/22/20: Unfortunately, even more Ryan stories are coming out and if you add up all these allegations, he is looking more and more like indie wrestling’s Harvey Weinstein. Absolutely despicable.
For the wrestlers/promoters who know the REAL (alleged) Joey Ryan and still booked him, enabled him, and supported him… go to hell and get the hell out of wrestling.
–WrestlingObserver.com’s Dave Meltzer reported on his radio show that WWE has been aware of Candy Cartwright’s sexual assault allegations against Matt Riddle for two years. Evidently, WWE chose to sign Riddle and believed the allegations to be false. The bizarre irony is that for years, WWE opted not to sign Riddle due to past drug test failures in MMA for marijuana, yet chose to brush off a much more serious alleged transgression.
Riddle made his SmackDown debut in a major way, defeating WWE Intercontinental Champion AJ Styles in a non-title match. Considering WWE opted not to edit Riddle off of TV following these allegations coming to light, don’t expect him to be taken off of TV unless public pressure increases and more damning evidence is made public.
Pollyanna responded to Ospreay on Twitter. 411Mania Wrestling has more details on the original story here.
-Court Bauer’s Major League Wrestling immediately cut ties with announcer Mark Adam Haggerty after disturbing allegations of sexual misconduct with a minor online surfaced.
-Former WWE NXT and Ring of Honor Wrestling star Bull James aka Bull Dempsey is anonymously accused of soliciting nude photos of underage girls and extortion.
-In addition to allegedly dating and abusing then-17-year-old wrestler Millie McKenzie, WWE NXT UK’s Travis banks is also accused of stalking:
More on #SpeakingOut as these stories develop. Check out more tweets regarding allegations and reactions below.