It turns out that Marty Scurll is no longer part of NJPW’s plans in the near future nor will he be making an appearance on NJPW Strong.
The news was first reported by the Super J-Cast podcast and later confirmed by Dave Meltzer on Wednesday.
Last week, it was reported Scurll was part of the January 22nd taping in California. It was rumored that he was part of a post-match angle with Rocky Romero, which led to a backlash from fans on social media.
The reason for that is due to him being tied to a 2015 encounter with a then-16-year-old female who said he sexually assaulted her. This allegation was made during last summer’s #SpeakingOut movement.
He did admit to the encounter, but noted it was both consensual and legal due to the UK age of consent. He later issued a statement noting he didn’t “become aware of her age until after the encounter, the reality of the age disparity is not lost on me.”
When the allegation was first made, he was still with ROH as an active wrestler and head of creative. The promotion launched an investigation into the claim and later the two sides parted ways in January.
He has been ouf of action since February 2020. He hasn’t worked for NJPW since the 2019 Best of the Super Juniors tournament.