Major allegations against WWE’a Matt Riddle, AEW’s Jimmy Havoc, and many other wrestlers.
In a followup to our emergency podcast on pro wrestling’s own #MeToo movement known as #SpeakingOut, we discuss major allegations against even more wrestlers of WWE, AEW, and the independents.
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WWE SmackDown superstar Matt Riddle is accused of sexual assault by independent wrestler Candy Cartwright. WWE released the following statement to TheWrap.com: “We take any allegation of this nature very seriously and are looking into the matter.”
Other allegations discussed on this podcast include:
- All Elite Wrestling’s Jimmy Havoc allegedly mentally abusing his ex-girlfriend and harming himself; sexual assaulting another woman
- NXT UK’s Wolfgang accused of mental abuse by ex-fiancee, as well as possession of “school girl” pictures
- National Wrestling Alliance producer/writer Dave Lagana accused of sexually assaulting independent wrestler Liz Savage (Note: Lagana has since resigned from NWA)
- Former WWE Cruiserweight Champion Jordan Devlin accused by ex-girlfriend of domestic violence
- AEW ring announcer Justin Roberts accused of attempting to solicit sex from a minor
- West Yorkshire Police investigating several allegations
Scroll down to check out the latest tweets related to the allegations discussed, reactions from wrestlers within the industry, as well as the latest updates.
For clarification: I accidentally used the word “spouse” interchangeably with “partner” in this podcast. Some of the allegations brought up against these wrestlers are from former girlfriends, fiancees, friends, etc. — not wives. I sincerely apologize for any confusion and appreciate all of you tuning in.
Back in May of 2018 I was riding with Matt Riddle and a few other wrestlers. During the van ride, when the 3 other wrestlers had fallen asleep, Matt asked me to “hop on his dick”. When I refused (although we had previously been together I was— Candy Cartwright (@CandyCartwright) June 19, 2020
incredibly uncomfortable in that setting ) When I said no, he grabbed me by my throat, choked me and said “what if I just made you?” I ended up giving him oral sex (praying someone wouldn’t wake up) to get out of having intercourse with him. It was incredibly humiliating.— Candy Cartwright (@CandyCartwright) June 19, 2020
It is never ok to put your hands on a woman, it’s also not ok to not listen when she says no.— Candy Cartwright (@CandyCartwright) June 19, 2020
Pursuant to allegations made by pro wrestler Liz Savage on her Twitter account, 6/18/2020, NWA VP David Lagana has resigned his position, effective immediately. As well all production of NWA content is temporarily halted, pending a restructuring of executive management positions.— NWA (@nwa) June 19, 2020
I’ve held onto these for a long time. I felt ashamed and like somehow it was my fault. I was 17, naive, had never been spoke to in such a manner. It makes me so uncomfortable looking back at it now. Legal or not, a man in his 30’s has no right to talk to a teenager. #SpeakingOut pic.twitter.com/rwBt2jSvSG— Dee Ry’ 🍀 (@DanieIIeRyan) June 19, 2020
Reposting these.— Candy Cartwright (@CandyCartwright) June 19, 2020
1. This is a message from matt to me telling me he can’t wait to see me from just about a year ago, if I’ve been harrassing him for years, I’m not really sure how that’s possible.
2. This is a screenshot from Lisa riddle to me proving she knew of the affair pic.twitter.com/CMYPNpeIYO
Another one? I’ve been here 16years. These stories have been ignored for years. No one has changed and it’s STILL happening.— Vicky Haskins💋 (@VickyHaskins) June 19, 2020
This one isn’t about THAT name.. but here’s a story from late 2011. #speakingout pic.twitter.com/oFRmrv15DW
I was going to ask @SierraLoxton to post this anonymously for me because in all honesty I am scared of the person involved but I have barely slept all night worrying and I owe it to my sister to be strong for her, so here it is pic.twitter.com/CTSmlby2lm— Sarah Coomber (@SarahCoomber2) June 19, 2020
It’s not about “cancelling” people.— Shazza McKenzie (@Shazza_McKenzie) June 19, 2020
We just don’t want to be sexually assaulted, abused manipulated and violated for choosing to be in wrestling.#SpeakingOut
Less than 10 minutes apart from each other. WWE is going to have all of them release virtually identical statements, yeah? pic.twitter.com/eyNncbHjud— Danny (@dajosc11) June 19, 2020
Jordan Devlin’s official statement on allegations. https://t.co/unrdVzcYSb— TSC News – The Sports Courier (@SportsCourier) June 19, 2020
Based on emails I’ve seen—provided by a 3rd party, not Kris Levin—and other research I’ve done, I can back up Kris’s assertion that the “independent” investigation was actually conducted by a longtime associate of the Aspers (she worked for CanWest for the last 6 yrs it existed). https://t.co/SSMVvE3Rkk— David Bixenspan (@davidbix) June 19, 2020
BREAKING: West Yorkshire Police have confirmed to the BBC that they are “carrying out initial enquiries” after members of the UK pro wrestling community alleged a number of cases of abuse, using the hashtag #SpeakingOut— Jonathan Savage (@JSavageTweets) June 19, 2020
After years of the emotional torture that I’ve went through, self harm and mental illness due to the emotional abuse suffered at the hands of one of WWE NXT’s “Superstars”, it’s time I #SpeakOut #SpeakingOut pic.twitter.com/yGraNI96Qz— Laura Ryan (@Rainbow1kisses) June 19, 2020