Victims of abuse in the wrestling industry are speaking out.
About The Sports Courier Podcast Episode 61: TSC News editor Fred Richani discusses the Speaking Out movement by Women of Wrestling, who are outing their alleged abusers in the industry. Notable wrestlers to have allegedly engaged in abuse/harassment (and/worse) include WWE NXT UK’s Jordan Devlin, Ligero, Travis Banks, as well as AEW star Jimmy Havoc, former OTT Champion David Starr, NWA Wrestling’s Dave Lagana, and legendary manager Jim Cornette.
WWE is currently looking into domestic allegations against former WWE NXT Cruiserweight Champion Jordan Devlin and tells Forbes: “We take any allegation of this nature very seriously and are looking into the matter.”
Watch/listen to the podcast and scroll down to read tweets of these serious allegations and reactions.
Resources for Abuse Victims:
I made a very vague post yesterday about @TheJimCornette.— AKI Evolution (@AKI_Evolution) June 18, 2020
In the face of current events I feel the need to clarify and speak up.
During my first year in the business, his wife, Stacy, attempted to groom me. /1
NXT & UK star Jordan Devlin accused of assault …. pic.twitter.com/fB0AWfO7y1— JP (@RingFalconECW) June 18, 2020
Former OVW heavyweight champion and decorated war hero.— AKI Evolution (@AKI_Evolution) June 19, 2020
I’m. Not. Lying. https://t.co/9HSXm9DRES
Max, David Starr, you have killed me time and time again over the past 7 years. I haven’t read your apology yet, but I can imagine I’m not in it, I’m that hidden secret you held onto when everything else was falling apart. Well, that’s no more. pic.twitter.com/oIiO5U19L3— Jessica Durham (@jesssdurham) June 19, 2020
I had to block Joe Coffey on all my social media accounts because he wouldn’t leave me alone.— Sierra Loxton 🌜🔮🌛 (@SierraLoxton) June 18, 2020
I’ve been told tonight that hes sexually harassed 3 girls, sending unsolicited naked images, voice notes, stalking. #speakingout
This seems like a great time to remind people that telling someone they should’ve come out with their story when it happened is not acceptable. In our world, there have been more consequences for the people #SpeakingOut than the actual offenders. That needs to change.— Allysin Kay (@Sienna) June 18, 2020
This is the part that really needs the most work. Victim blaming makes me sick. Nobody can ever say when & how anyone should or shouldn’t come out with what happened to them. I’m furious right now.— Danny Cage (@TheDannyCage) June 18, 2020
I pray our industry is swiftly rid of all these predators & abusers. To everyone brave enough to tell their story, I’m so sorry you had to endure this. #SpeakingOut— Florida Man (@WWEBigE) June 18, 2020
i am so unbelievably scared but i guess i have nothing to lose. thank you to those who have encouraged me to come forward 🖤 pic.twitter.com/P0AmpZWNp1— Natalie Sykes (@NatalieSykes_) June 18, 2020
Just to be clear. I don’t want anything. You want to book him, book him. You like his wrestling, whatever.— tori. 🌸 (@slaymysterio) June 17, 2020
This is for me because for years while I was trying to heal, he told everyone who would listen that I was a crazy liar. Every woman who’s dealt with David Starr is tired.
He kept old screenshots from 2016 to ever use against me if I were to speak up making me look angry and crazy. He has folders for several people.— tori. 🌸 (@slaymysterio) June 17, 2020
I don’t Lind posting my own screenshots. Here’s now an open letter to David Starr. pic.twitter.com/RAnNAg3yte
This story isn’t in any order. A lot of my memory of this abuse is disordered because i was battling drink and substance abuse to cope. That DOES NOT make it invalid.— REBECCA CROW (she/her/they) (@katsandcrows) June 18, 2020
I’m #speakingout because I dont want anyone else to be hurt. And I don’t think i’m alone.
TW: relationship abuse pic.twitter.com/JTRmKGCDoT