You’ll Never Look At Zack Ryder The Same Again After This Story Of WWE Training Cruelty

In case you missed it last week, WWE Performance Center head coach Bill DeMott, aka Dungeon of Doom member Hugh Morrus and former jobber militia leader Hugh G. Rection, stepped down amid accusations of violence, racism and homophobia. The response has ranged from “holy crap how you could treat people like this and expect to get away with it” to “THESE KIDS ARE JUST PUSSIES AND SHOULD KEEP THEIR MOUTHS SHUT” depending on who you talk to. Even respected figures like Jim Ross have gotten into heated arguments¬†on whether the people who outed DeMott’s behavior are victims or just entitled millennials too soft for the business.

Former WWE trainer Dr. Tom Prichard is the latest to speak up, questioning WWE’s initial claims that they’d completed a full investigation of DeMott and found no wrong-doing. Prichard took to Twitter to lend his perspective, which features an unexpectedly horrifying anecdote about Zack Ryder.

U know, with all the allegations coming out from not just a couple, but a LOT of people, you’d think there would have been a more thorough investigation… For Christ’s sake, a PICTURE is worth 1000 words! How in the hell does anyone justify or defend that? I can’t imagine the incredible arrogance, incompetence and outright “don’t give a damn, I’m the boss and I’m going to run this place ‘my way” attitude is unbelievable. One, two, maybe five disgruntled employees I can see… But more and more are coming forward every day!

It’s not like no one knew!!! Why wasn’t something done a long time ago? Hell, why was he even hired to come back and train anybody in the first place? Replace me, OK. I did call Canyon Semen a “Flaming F’N Asshole” to his face and for that I probably should have been fired. Using the excuse of not having a one year start to finish curriculum was a rib, but I get it. But when a talent(s) sends a confidential email and you claim to do a “full investigation” when in fact you didn’t, then why isn’t someone asking the question “Hey Canyon! Just who did you talk to, what did you ask them and by the way, what did you think of the picture of Gallows with a jelly doughnut in his ass giving Ryder the stink face??” Was THAT in YOUR goddam curriculum? I’ve remained silent but I have a lot to say. When the time’s right. But the more shit I see, the more pissed I get. They can’t claim ignorance. Stupidity, yes. But there were people in key positions who knew about his past and chose to ignore it. Why?

“Hey Canyon! Just who did you talk to, what did you ask them and by the way, what did you think of the picture of Gallows with a jelly doughnut in his ass giving Ryder the stink face??” Was THAT in YOUR goddam curriculum?

Gallows with a jelly doughnut in his ass giving Ryder the stink face

Woe woe woe. He knows it.

The talking point a lot of folks in and around WWE have taken is that there are “two sides to every story.” While that is certainly the case, this situation’s sides appear to be “Bill DeMott did a lot of really messed up stuff and finally got called on it” and “shut up, you don’t know anything.” At the very least, let’s hope enough eyes have been on this story that the next person in DeMott’s position handles it with a little more grace on either side.