WrestleCon has addressed the alleged altercation between Impact’s Gisele Shaw and Rick Steiner.
Shaw accused Steiner of unleashing a litany of hateful remarks at her on Friday.
WrestleCon has in turn banned Steiner from participating in the rest of the convention.
“WrestleCon regrets the events that took place at yesterday’s convention and apologizes to Gisele Shaw. We aim to promote a safe and inclusive environment for all LGBTQAI+ members of the wrestling community. The issue has been addressed and we hope the remainder of the convention can be a positive experience for all,” WrestleCon said in a statement.
In a post on Twitter, Shaw described her experience with Steiner at the convention in which she alleges he shouted at her “You’re a man! You’re a dude! You’re a piece of trash! You are filth! Get the f–k away from here!” He is also accused of using a gay slur to verbally attack another member of the Impact locker room.
Impact referee Daniel Spencer also commented on the situation saying: “To witness it happen was shocking and disturbing. Respect and love is something we have at IMPACT because we are FAMILY. I’m so grateful for the support we have for one another.”
Impact Wrestling has also issued a statement:
“IMPACT Wrestling stands in full support of @GiseleShaw08 and the LGBTQ+ community. We are saddened by the incident Friday afternoon at Wrestlecon in Los Angeles and hope everyone can learn and be better from it. Thank you to the millions worldwide who have read Gisele’s statement and showed full support for her. Particular thanks go to the organizing staff of Wrestlecon as well as the IMPACT roster and crew who all handled an ugly situation with the utmost professionalism,” wrote the promotion.
TOP PHOTO: Rick and Scott Steiner at The Big Event fan fest on The Big Event fan fest on Saturday, March 5, 2022, at Terrace on the Park, in Queens, NY. Photo by George Tahinos, https://georgetahinos.smugmug.com