There was some pretty unfortunate news to come out of the WWE Performance Center this week, as Terrance Jean-Jacques, a little-known former collegiate wrestler signed to a WWE developmental contract, was arrested on very serious domestic violence charges and was arraigned on Wednesday. As a result of these charges, Jean-Jacques has been suspended by WWE in accordance with company policy on domestic abuse.
Terrance Jean-Jacques, 24, of 40 Locke St., who signed a contract with World Wrestling Entertainment in April, was arrested Sunday and arraigned Wednesday on charges of assault and battery, kidnapping, witness intimidation, destruction of property and threatening to commit a crime.
He is alleged to have hit his pregnant girlfriend Jillian Gilman, who appeared in Haverhill District Court with Jean-Jacques’ parents, Teresa and Ernest.
Judge Stephen Abany ordered Jean-Jacques held without bail at Middleton jail pending a dangerousness hearing scheduled for Tuesday.
Jean-Jacques was signed back in April, as part of the same class that included NXT’s TM-61 and three other people who actually appeared on Wednesday night’s episode of NXT: Danielle Kamella, Otis Dozovic, and Nikki Cross. Here’s what WWE.com had to say about Jean-Jacques at the time:
Standing 6-foot-3 and weighing 265 pounds, Jean-Jacques was an All-American wrestler at the University of Rhode Island in 2015. Prior to that, he accumulated a 32-2 record in wrestling at the University of Iowa.
ProWrestling.net obtained a statement from WWE following the arraignment of Jean-Jacques, which reads as follows:
“We have zero tolerance for matters involving domestic violence, and per our policy, Terrance Jean-Jacques has been suspended indefinitely following his arrest.”
If any of these charges end up sticking — and even if they don’t — it’s hard to imagine Jean-Jacques sticking around in WWE much longer. If you recall, Adam Rose was arrested during a WWE suspension on lesser domestic violence charges, which were quickly dropped. Shortly thereafter, Rose and WWE came to a “mutual agreement” to part ways.