Former ECW/WWE star Dawn Marie was interviewed on the “Table Talk” podcast to talk about her wrestling career. During the interview, she addressed the controversy surrounding a charity she was involved with and she says the controversy is what led to her divorcing herself from the wrestling business.
Dawn said the following:
“I hung it up when the whole controversy, I thought I’ve had enough of you people, when that whole controversy happened with Wrestler’s Rescue. It was all lies. I put out so much proof that every single thing was a lie. Everything. I had all this proof. No one wanted to hear it. All they wanted to hear was bad stuff and people believed it.
I was like, ‘You know what? I don’t have to be hurt by this business anymore. Why am I here?’ I was like, ‘I can’t do it anymore. That’s it. I’m done. I’m washing my hands.’ It was just consuming. I was so hurt that people, or should I say, the fans, actually believed it. I was like, ‘You know what? I’m not putting myself there anymore. I’m done.’
I spent more money on that foundation than I ever made on that foundation for people. Not only that, my whole purpose of creating that organization, because after I was fired and I had my lawsuit with Vince, I just wanted to make lemonade from lemons. It was my way of trying to change a business in a positive way. Isn’t that what we were always taught in the business? You want to retire knowing you changed the business in a positive way.
Well, my career was cut short, so I wasn’t able to really do it too much in the ring. That was my way of staying true to my promise to like Snuka, and everyone that ever passed down this business to me and took the time to teach me. When it was dirtied up so bad, I was like, ‘I’m out. This business has hurt me for the last time and I don’t have to anymore. I don’t have to. I just divorced it.”
Dawn is referring to Wrestlers Rescue, a charity that was set up to help retired wrestlers with the medical bills.
In 2012, former WWE star Kamala condemned Dawn Marie for allegedly raising money for him that he never received.
Former ECW star “The Blue Meanie” Brian Heffron stated that the charity was a scam. He tweeted the following in 2012:
“I always had a feeling “Wrestler’s Rescue” was a scam since they aren’t a registered charity AND wrestler’s who they’ve collected for never got a dime that was supposed to get to them. 2 years ago I was asked to donate an item for auction for Jerry Lynn’s back surgery. He told me he didn’t know about and didn’t get a A DIME.
I always heard rumors “Wrestler’s Rescue” ripped off MY IDOL Steve Williams. Then I heard straight from Jerry Lynn he never received a penny. I never really thought of speaking out until I saw the video Kamala made. It’s a shame to collect money off off false pretenses.”