Throughout this week we have seen wrestlers’ past behaviours be put under the microscope. Several wrestlers and background staff from main promotions to the independent scene, have been accused of sexual harassment, abuse and assault.
The complaints started off in British wrestling but after victims came out with their stories, more women felt comfortable talking about their experiences.
Most recently we have seen members of WWE investigated or even released of their contract such as Jack Gallacher. We also seen AEW act on Sammy Guevara’s comments regarding WWE’s Sasha Banks by suspending him indefinitely. The list of those accused of wrongdoings is growing by the day.
Following the #SpeakOut movement, WWE legend Terri Runnels has recalled an incident that happened several years ago, accusing Brock Lesnar of Sexual Harassment.
Runnels told the KEE on Sports Podcast in an episode posted on Sunday. Here is what she had to say on the horrendous experience:
“Brock did something that if it was in today’s day and time…You know.
“He showed his penis to me and called my name as I was walking past where he was in the dressing room and opened his towel so I could see his manly bits.
“I would have much rather him not be so disrespectful of a female that’s been in this business for as long as I have been.
“He knew he was gonna have a lot of power, that they were gonna give him the strap but at that point, I’d been in this business a long time.
“I have respect and what he did was very very wrong. From a respect standpoint, from a sexual harassment standpoint, it was wrong.”
Runnels has mentioned this incident with Lesnar in the past, it seems that the effectiveness of the Speak Out movement for women is finally getting people to see that this kind of behaviour is extremely unacceptable whether it happened 15 years ago or not.
The Speaking Out movement will force the industry into changing for the better and while there are more recent issues that need addressing, it is important Runnels’ words are not ignored.
Thanks to GiveMeSport for the transcription