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Wrestling Community Speaks Out On Sexual Harassment
This week, members of the wrestling community have been speaking out against sexual harassment in the wrestling industry. Survivors are using the hashtag #SpeakingOut to talk about their experiences and connect with other survivors and authorities. British wrestling personality Leanne Marie & retired wrestler Sierra Loxton have been supporting the movement online and working with survivors. We encourage you to check out their Twitter feed for information.
Police are also investigating some claims in British wrestling, according to Fightful.
Many wrestlers have shown support for the survivors coming forward to share their stories. This movement has started after a woman made claims of abuse against David Starr on Wednesday.
We encourage you to read the stories through the hashtag #SpeakingOut, which has trended since Thursday. The most important thing to do right now is listen to these survivors.
Some companies have made roster moves or statements in response to survivors speaking out. WWE has made a statement on investigating allegations. Their statement (via WrestlingInc):
“Individuals are responsible for their own personal actions. WWE has zero tolerance for matters involving domestic violence, child abuse and sexual assault. Upon arrest for such misconduct, a WWE talent will be immediately suspended. Upon conviction for such misconduct, a WWE talent will be immediately terminated.”
WWE has released Jack Gallagher after allegations were made against him. Gallagher had been with WWE since 2016.
NWA Vice-President Dave Lagana resigned from his position. The company has also stopped production for now.
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
AEW has made a statement in regards to Jimmy Havoc. It states that Havoc is attending rehab for mental health and substance abuse.
We wish Jimmy Havoc all the best as he receives treatment and counseling in an effort to overcome the mental health and substance abuse challenges in his life. pic.twitter.com/mh0hudsPuW
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEWrestling) June 19, 2020
PROGRESS made a statement detailing suspensions, releases, and title vacations. These include talent like David Starr, Scotty Davis, Jordan Devlin, and Travis Banks.
— PROGRESS Wrestling (@ThisIs_Progress) June 19, 2020
As more statements, releases or decisions are made by companies, we will keep you updated.
WWE SmackDown Results
There was still wrestling on Friday night, though honestly it was harder to enjoy. The wrestling industry has been reeling due to the stories and allegations coming to light. Still, WWE had another episode of SmackDown. Here are the results for the show:
- Matt Riddle def. A.J. Styles
- Chad Gable def. Mojo Rawley
- New Day def. Lucha House Party
- Sasha Banks def. Nikki Cross
Notable from the show was a Firefly Funhouse segment. Bray Wyatt reverted back to his old character to continue his feud with Braun Strowman.
One for the Road:
According to WrestleVotes (h/t WrestlingInc) Dolph Ziggler will be moving to the red brand soon. This will be done to complete the “trade” that brought A.J. Styles to SmackDown. Ziggler has been in a feud with Otis on SmackDown since Wrestlemania season.