I started writing this in another category but thought it was worth creating a new one as I feel it’s a new discussion.
As angry and disappointed as I have been by the allegations against wrestlers who I like, I do not understand why this is a surprise to those in the community, the scale is off the chart, but when the industry leader continually celebrates alleged abusers, without proper investigation, then those who look up to these people will feel their behaviour is appropriate. It goes from the top down.
Top of the company, Vince McMahon at the tanning saloon, the biggest star on the show, Randy Orton, defecates in female performers bags, biggest star of all time, stone cold Steve Austin, several domestic abuse allegations, 2 time hall of Famer, ric flair, continually boasts about sexual manipulation on the road, at the commentary booth, Jerry Lawler, alleged peadophile, biggest star created by wrestling, The rock, speaks about choking a woman in his book.
Needless to say, most of these are unproven allegations but so are the current cases that have just been revealed. Wrestling in society is so far behind the times in so many things, culture, comedy, race etc. I just hope that BLM and the recent allegations helps it catch up.