The general feeling with the Bill DeMott controversy is that if WWE would have handled it two years ago when it was first brought up then the issues could have been handled then. The story on DeMott is that the injury rate while DeMott was training students in OVW was much higher than it was before he was first hired. There was concern about hiring him in Deep South Wrestling but ultimately the decision was made to bring him in and it didn't take long for him to get a bad rep from talent.
People that have spoken with DeMott say that he wants to give his side of the story but has been asked to stay quiet for legal reasons. Who knows if this will happen but WWE still expects this to end up in court. This is why the company has stayed quiet and they will not admit to any wrongdoing. Everyone has been told to not talk about the subject.
There is probably some exaggeration to some of the stories but it's hard to ignore the story when so many people have come out. There are people with no beef with DeMott who have confirmed the stories and nobody has defended the way it's been handled. Jim Ross talked about the situation on his podcast and while he did say that there are two sides to a story (true), he was surprised at some of the stuff that has been out there that he had recently heard about. The photo of Luke Gallows giving Zack Ryder a naked stinkface with a jelly doughnut was something Ross hadn't seen until this past week.
Michael Hutter, who wrestlers in TNA as Ethan Carter III told WhatCulture, "Having been there at the time, I witnessed a lot of it. This industry is extremely difficult, and, to achieve success in it, I 100 percent agree it has to be hard. It needs to be earned. Preparing for the demands of the industry, both physical and mental, are essential. It requires a special psyche that all may not possess."
Hutter also said, "Having said that, I feel there is a big difference between a hard-nosed individual pushing you to the limit to become great, and blatant bullying."
"It is an unfortunate scenario that transpired, as that position holds great power in many people’s careers, and physical well being. I feel that in this day and age, with what we know about concussions, someone being slapped in the head while possibly suffering from one is unacceptable. Leading the charge on an anti-bullying campaign, while that very thing is taking place under your watch, is unacceptable. A company making a statement that the accusations are `fully investigated,’ when they were not, well, that is just very disturbing.
Then again, it’s not my company to run. I don’t know the inner workings. Perhaps I am wrong. Our generation has been labeled unmotivated and lazy, which I can’t disagree with more. Some of the hardest working creative people I know are putting in maximum effort for just an inkling of success."
Saying that this entire group has a feeling of entitlement and a certain level of defiance is painting very broad strokes and not looking at individual talent. Plus, I believe it was a level of defiance that made people like Shawn Michaels, Steve Austin, The Rock, HHH and John Cena some of the biggest stars this industry has ever seen. In the end, if you believe in or enable homophobia, racism and bullying as coaching methods, we strongly disagree."
The Colt Cabana comments from his podcast on DeMott calling him a racial slur was something he has said privately in the past.
Chris Jericho appeared to defend DeMott on twitter shortly after the stories came out a couple of weeks ago by saying that he had worse training in the Hart Dungeon. Hutter said that he'd be happy to get stretched by the Harts but that doesn't compare to what DeMott was doing. Jericho deleted the tweet just a few hours later.
Former developmental talent Jody Kristofferson, who wrestled as Garrett Dylan when he was under contract is backing DeMott.
Kristofferson told The Roman Show, "There are a lot of mixed feelings. He could be a hard ass. He was a hard trainer, but he was getting paid to be a hard trainer. It’s like when you go to the military, they are not training you to be your friend. They are training you to go to war. Was Bill rough at times? Yea. But I learned form Bill. There were times where we butted heads, but he made me a better wrestler."
He also said that he didn't think DeMott deserved to be ousted from his job and feels that DeMott was good at what he did.
DeMott still maintains that he has not done anything wrong.
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