Ashley Massaro won the Raw Diva Search back in 2005 and worked for WWE until 2009. Pro Wrestling Sheet are now reporting that Massaro has joined an ongoing lawsuit against WWE with over 50 former WWE employees, where, in addition to health and safety complaints she’s made, Massaro has also claimed she was sexually assaulted during an overseas WWE tour, which the company convinced her to keep quiet about.
She alleges the incident took place during WWE’s 2006 tour of Kuwait visiting U.S. troops. According to the documents she filed for the lawsuit:
“Upon her return to the United States, she was seen by Dr. Rios who interviewed her about the incident. Dr. Rios reported the incident to WWE executives who soon thereafter met with Massaro to apologize for their negligence but persuaded her that it would be best not to report it to appropriate authorities.”
Massaro also claims that she was “coaxed into in ring activities with inadequate training” and, on one occasion where she had a cast on her right hand to heal a shattered knuckle, “Vince McMahon ordered that the cast sawed off her hand by backstage WWE crew so that she could perform despite fact that the cast was not scheduled to come off for several more weeks.”
According to The Boston Globe, “WWE is expected to fully address the allegations by Massaro and the other new plaintiffs when it files a motion to dismiss the case.”
And the rather disturbing news continues in the form of a bad-taste joke former-ECW commentator and recently released WWE employee Joey Styles made at last weekend’s EVOLVE 72 show. On-air before the main event, Styles said to ring announcer Joanna Rose, “Joanna, you look great tonight. And if our next President were here tonight, he’d want to grab you by the…”
Styles then stopped and said his next word refers to what manager Stokely Hathaway – who Joey had kind of been feuding with – is in real life.
The reaction online was pretty angry, and it led to EVOLVE’s vice-president Gabe Sapolsky tweeting shortly after the segment:
I deeply apologize for Joey Styles’ comments and am furious
We’ve parted ways with Joey Styles and that’s my final comment on this. Thank you for your support.
Gabe has since explained that there were specific instructions to everyone at EVOLVE that night to not get political as the show was meant to be a fun escape from last week’s very political events. At least the main event sent people home happy, where William Regal appeared to offer Tony Nese a full-time WWE contract.
Let’s end on a more upbeat story, though. Rob Van Damn beat Pentagon Jr. to win the PCW Heavyweight Championship on Saturday night, in only his sixth match this year. He recently spoke to Sports Illustrated about a potential return to WWE.
“I have an open door with WWE as far as wrestling goes. I also have an ongoing merchandise relationship. I hope that the right opportunity presents itself so that I will do another run with WWE…But at this point, I do not have any plans of such.”
I don’t know about you, but when someone says ‘no WWE return plans of such’, I hear ‘ROYAL RUMBLE SURPRISE ENTRANT CONFIRMED!’
What do you think about the wrestling controversy that unfolded over the weekend? Try and navigate the various landmines in the comments below.