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- Sammy Guevara Posts Video Apology To Sasha Banks
A piece of audio has surfaced over the last couple of days in which Sammy Guevara said that when he saw Sasha Banks at a WWE tryout, 4-years ago, he wanted to "r*pe" her. The comment has forced AEW to suspend the up-and-coming superstar without pay and instead, donate his pay to a Women's shelter in the Jacksonville, Florida area.
All of this has led to Guevara posting the following video, apologizing to one-half of the current-WWE Women's Tag-Team Champion:
- Dave Lagana Issues Statement, Denying Sexual Assault Accusations Against Him
Now former-NWA Vice President, Dave Lagana has issued a statement, denying the allegations from Independent Wrestler, Liz Savage, who accused him of sexually assaulting her while the two were living together as friends awhile ago. Savage also states that Lagana kicked her out of the residence just one week after the incident, claiming that he did it in anger after she stopped the abuse attempt.
Here's what Lagana had to say on the allegations:
"The #speakingout movement has brought to light a number of new allegations of sexual assault against people in the wrestling industry, including me. These allegations of sexual assault should be taken seriously and be investigated. Every accuser has a right to be heard, but every person accused of such serious wrongdoing deserves the right to defend themselves.
Last week, Liz Savage accused me via Twitter posts of sexually assaulting her a decade ago. Liz and I were friends for a total of about five to seven years before and after the alleged assault. We first met at a wrestling show sometime between 2006 and 2008 when she was introduced to me as an independent wrestler.
I take Liz's allegations seriously. The first time I became aware of her allegations was last week when she made them public. I take them so seriously that I voluntarily stepped down from my position as Vice President of Lightning One Inc. and its company, the National Wrestling Alliance, after learning of her allegations. I did so because they pre-date this position and I didn't want to involve the men and women of the National Wrestling Alliance during this time.
I valued my friendship with Liz. I'm sorry that she feels that I somehow wronged her. However, the incident she described did not happen.
Liz is correct that she lived with me and my female roommate from mid-August 2010 until October 1, 2010. Liz is also correct that she shared a bed with me while she lived with me. She is again correct that nothing about our relationship was romantic or sexual. Often, as we went to bed, we would cuddle and spoon in a nonsexual way. (We also did so the few times we shared a bed prior to her living me with in 2010.)
As Liz correctly said, I never made a nonconsensual move on her during waking hours. However, her claim that I made a nonconsensual move on her while we shared a bed is false. I did not touch her in the way she claimed. I never touched her like that, and I never would have.
But Liz's allegation of sexual assault is not the only portion of her Twitter posts where I feel compelled to correct the record.
In early August of 2010, Liz informed me that a friend of hers invited her out to Los Angeles to attend a show that I was not affiliated with. Ultimately, she stayed with me and my roommate starting in mid-August. Liz suggests that I did nothing to help her upon her arrival. But, as a friend, I offered her all the help I could. This includes taking her to an NWA Hollywood event on August 25th where I introduced her to those in charge. I was an unpaid producer at the time with the NWA, so I had no hiring or firing authority.
Liz also left out the fact of her relationship with my female roommate. While the roommate did not initially know Liz was coming, once Liz arrived, she treated Liz like a sister. She gave Liz food and clothing, and drove her to job interviews. They remained friends for years after Liz moved out. But, despite their relationship, the first time my then-roommate found out about these allegations was last week.
Liz claims that I kicked her out of my apartment because of the alleged incident. Actually, in an email I sent to her on September 24th, 2010, I informed her that my landlord stated that, per my lease, any guest staying longer than two weeks consecutively would need to be added to the lease. The landlord said they were willing to look the other way for the seven weeks Liz was with me and my roommate, but would not do so after October 1st. I offered her some of my frequent flyer miles if she wanted a flight home.
After Liz moved out of my apartment, she and I remained in contact over social media and email for a few years, even endorsing me on LinkedIn in 2013. During that time, she would occasionally email me about opportunities in the wrestling industry that I did what I could to help with.
The #speakingout movement is creating change in our industry. I wish Liz all the best in her career inside the ring and out. But I adamantly deny her allegations against me and could not let them go without providing these details about our friendship."
- Charlotte Flair Could Be Out Of Action Longer Then Originally Anticipated
According to sources and confirmed by WNW, the original 6-week layoff for Charlotte Flair is now believed to be an extended layoff, slated to keep the 11-time Women's Champion out of action until Royal Rumble time, in January of 2021.
Charlotte isn't injured and is reportedly in good health but is getting elective surgery and will be taking some personal time off in the meantime.
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Synergy Pro Wrestling is back! On Saturday, July 11th, Synergy and Wrestling News World join forces to present "For The First Responders", a live pro-wrestling supercard to benefit America's first responders.
WNW & Synergy will donate proceeds from this event to worthy first responders' non-profits.
Synergy is delivering a massive card for the occasion! Alex Zayne & Blake Christian continue their incredible rivalry at Synergy with a 30 Minute Iron Man main event! There's also 2 qualifiers for the 2020 Garden State Invitational. JD Drake takes on Tony Deppen, and Jordan Oliver goes one-on-one with LSG.
For The First Responders will stream live on FITE.tv on 7/11 at 7 pm EST.