Smash Wrestling has pulled Michael Elgin from upcoming bookings after the promotion learned of leaked conversations between Elgin and a woman (she goes by the name Moses Malone on Twitter) following allegations against one of Elgin’s former students. The story that has been going around alleges that Elgin knew that his student, Sean Orleans, sexually assaulted Malone and while he publicly expressed support for her, he was privately (in Twitter DM’s) attempting to discredit her.
It’s also worth noting that Malone says that she immediately contacted Elgin (in March) after the assault but he waited several months (November 16) before taking action against Orleans. Elgin has deleted his social media accounts. Prior to deleting his accounts, he said that he sold his promotion Glory Pro.
This was the defense I got from Elgin, eight months to the day after my sexual assault, for why he doubted me.
Because women had accused him, also.
Chances are, if a man stands diligently by an accused predator, it's because he's a predator, too. pic.twitter.com/uyhfxPTNvi
— MOses Malone (@Th_BodyElectric) December 6, 2017
Here is the full statement from Smash Wrestling:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Due to the allegations against a former student of Michael Elgin and Elgin’s potential knowledge of the incident in question, we deem it in the best interest of both Smash Wrestling and our fans to suspend Michael Elgin’s upcoming bookings with Smash Wrestling both on December 17th and January 21st.
We at Smash Wrestling take the subject matter very seriously and will continue to monitor and stay aware of the situation as it continues to unfold.
At Smash Wrestling, we pride ourselves in providing an environment that is all inclusive, harassment free and a welcoming place for all to enjoy and celebrate pro wrestling. While we understand the claims and allegations of all parties involved, it is our hope that the issue is resolved in a timely manner for all parties involved and we as a wrestling community can learn from the situation.
STATEMENT- PLEASE READ RE: Dec 17th and Jan 21 pic.twitter.com/GbHcsbQYCE
— Smash Wrestling (@smashwrestling) December 6, 2017
He has also been pulled from a booking in Maine:
For two years, we've been striving to make Maine a wrestling destination by mixing some of the best locally with some of the best in the world. Most of all, we want to create a FUN & SAFE environment for fans and wrestlers.
Michael Elgin has been pulled off of our event on 1/19.
— Limitless Wrestling (@LWMaine) December 5, 2017
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