Former TNA Knockout Rhaka Khan (Trenesha Biggers) went public with allegations against Bill DeMott. Biggers trained under Bill DeMott in the Deep South Wrestling developmental territory that was affiliated with WWE. The letter was posted on Reddit and she later retweeted it from her personal twitter account confirming that she wrote the letter. The first paragraph (below) is her beginning statement. That is followed by the letter she says she sent to someone in the company in 2008:
“I will open by saying that I KNOW that by posting this email (that wanted confidential at the time) I’m opening up a whole new can of worms that I have not yet addressed. I wrote this email NEVER wanting anyone to see it except for to whom it was addressed. Why didnt I say something sooner? I did. But once I realized how far out of hand the whole situation was,I had just gotten a call from Howard Finkel informing me of my release from WWE. At the time; my then boyfriend, was still trying to get signed. I kept everything quiet because he had doors opening to WWE and I didnt want the fact that we were dating getting to Bill. That was a success. Bill never found out that the new talent he helped to get signed was in a serious relationship with the subject of his hate rage, and abuse until the ink was well and dry on his developmental deal. I only edit the signature line out of these emails so that no personal contact info is shared over the web..Besides that; what you are about to read is the cold – hard- truth of what a day in the life of an aspiring Diva (hand picked by Kevin Dunn) who made the “mistake” of choosing “Atlanta” over “Louisville” and ended up <eeheemmm>”training” with Bill DeMott ;and what that was like for me. Thanks to everyone who has continuously come forward over the years about the sexual harassment, racism, physical and emotional abuse – synonymous with our environment ( for those whose fate and WWE dreams were placed into the hands of Bill DeMott). You all have given me the courage to open up and I see this opportunity as a GOD Given Green Light to expose ALL. Its time to step out of the boat….To SLAY these so called “giants” that feel they have the right to harm,abuse,harass,terrorize,and WORST OF ALL feel they have the RIGHT and the POWER to sabotage the future of aspiring WWE talent and then LIE when the truth starts to emerge. With that being said; once I get this out of my heart, I make a PROMISE to everyone who deserves to know the truth about the “biggest” controversy associated with my name in wrestling: The truth will be revealed very soon. With GOD as the source of my strength and my only needed witness; the following is an email I sent to WWE HOF wrestler in response to his question about being released from WWE (without wrestling one match). There’s a TIME To WEAP and A TIME To FIGHT. Im so sorry for all of those who had to endure abuse at the hands of DeMott. Thats Why There Is So Much DANGER in DOING NOTHING. My time to DO SOMETHING has come.
In a message dated 10/2/2008 5:31:48 PM Eastern Daylight Time, true_amazon_beauty writes:
Hi ****! I hope this letter finds you guys doing well! My sister and cousin flew in today to surprise me! I wish I could come in and train tonight…. But she has a trip planned for us so we have to pack and leave for Miami tonight after TNA goes off!! I have been away taping Impact in Orlando this week. Im making my wrestling debut, and a babyface turn tonight in a tag match! ….And it is in the main event 😀 !!I would love Pops’s critique/view point on the match if you guys happen to be up that late (and get to watch it)… I would appreciate it so much:) Im really excited to finally have the blood, sweat, tears,(tears), and the tears…lol start to pay off! You guys are so amazing, Im so glad to see that there are some people who actually care about the well being of passionate students of the craft. Krissy always spoke so highly of you guys, and Heath looks at Afa Jr.like a brother. I would have flown up to PA to train…I asked Afa Jr. that back when we were in Atlanta. Im so happy for the opportunity to work with you. I understand that you received some (varying) feedback from WWE.. ..that I needed more training… Im always looking to grow and evolve as a wrestler…… Im on a constant quest. Ufortunately, it was too late for me before they figured out how corrupt the source (Bill DeMott ) was that they were getting information from. He is a person who told the entire class that I would make it on TV over his dead body BEFORE I ever even stepped foot through the front door of WWE Developmental, A person who embarrassed & abused me (from day one) on a daily basis. This individual scared and intimidated me into a fear that silenced my ability to cry out for help in a more aggressive way before it was too late. This is a man who in front of the entire class asked me; “So, who did you sleep with to get hired?” A man who made me drink an entire 6 pack of Beer and then do wrestling drills in front of the whole class to SAVE THEM from thousands of squats. He and some of his students even got together and made Deep South hats for everyone except me…They made Diva specific gear for girls who didnt even have contracts to make sure that I felt alienated. He made sure not to EVER let me actually wrestle (not even in practice) unless the office was there.He set me up to look bad, having us plan a match and then switch partners right before a tag match started; with WWE writers and agents there like Steamboat and Hayes.
When Dave Taylor got there he taught me more in a month than I learned the entire time I was there. Dave Taylor asked me “Why dont you have a match?” I told him”Bill says Im not ready.” ….His reply was: ” What the hell does Bill mean you arent ready??? You are bloody ready!!!” So again I started asking him for matches and he would say…”Are you sure ?????? If you mess up and they see it It will all be over” When I asked Tommy Dreamer if I could leave and go to OVW because I was being tortured by Bill and his crew, he told me that if I went there then I was increasing my chances of getting fired. Tommy Dreamer himself told me that if I called the office to report Bill that I was increasing my chances of getting fired. Tommy said that Vince would just get rid of me for making any waves what so ever. Ive been trying to scream from the mountaintops from day one, but I didn’t know that I was crying to Bill’s friend Tommy Dreamer while they were at Bills house, sitting at his dinner table that night. How do I know this??? Bill let me know if front of the class as they laughed… Some people laughed just because they had to. They all knew it was coming that day. Tommy Dreamer had me on speaker phone so!
When word got back to his favorite…in his “Circle” students or his little mob as they were called, I was actually verbally confronted by them …That was the time that Mr. Hughes tried to call the office for me. Mr. Hughes was the trainer at WWA4…the school I was attending to sneak in extra training; and where I met Heath in Atlanta. After 3 months at Deep South, I didnt even know how to do and arm drag. Bill said I wasnt allowed in the ring. I told this to Mr. Hughes, and he kept telling me… “If you arent learning wrestling there, get in here and train with me kid in case you get called up!!!” So I did. Almost every day for 8 months straight. As I was training with him he saw how quickly I was learning, and how dedicated I was to drive an hour to train after being killed with conditioning drills all day. I told him I was too scared to call the office, and he heard first hand what happened to me there. The day that Bill beat me up in the ring to “Teach Me How To Sell For A Man” Mr. Hughes called me back and told me everything was going to be ok….He had contacted a higher up in “HR” for me. When I got to practice the next day it all went down. Bill started telling everyone that I accused him of being a racist. That statement right there made me the heel of the century. The office was calling down to ask students about things that happened, and they all lied!!!!!!!! They Lied. I had a big “WORK” conference call with Tommy, Bill, and Jody Hamilton where I was also accused of “sleeping” with Mr. Hughes by Tommy Dreamer in that conference call…..(little did they know I was dating Heath) Jody Hamilton chimed in with “Curtis Hughes is a CRACKHEAD!” I only knew Mr. Hughes as a nice trainer. I told Tommy Dreamer EVERYTHING that Im telling you in this email. EVERYTHING… right in front of Bill, Right to his Face, In front Of Jody. Bill said…”I did not” to every single thing that I said. I rebuttled” Why and how could I sit here and has specific instances to pinpoint to???!” I swore to God on my life that I was telling the truth. It all did no good.They all had a pact they watched out for each other. Bill called it being in his”Circle” He told me that I could get in the circle by walking on to a LIVE set of Smackdown and getting in JBL’s limo before the show started holding a bottle of crown. He even had the bottle of Crown Royal for me to go and get in JBL’s limo with(before he got in and did his ring entrance). He said that I would instantly be “Over”. I consulted with Sharmell and Teddy long(who happened to walk by right after Bill made the proposal to get in his Circle), and they even said that he was trying to get me fired .They told me to under no circumstances interrupt a LIVE SHOW that Vince put together, which in essence is what Bill, (my “trainer”) was asking me to do!!!! They couldnt believe that he suggested that I do that. He teased and taunted me backstage for not doing it and told me that I was never going to be invited back into the circle again.That was my one chance. Bills wife was handing out prescription pills to the students after she got cosmetic surgery like it was candy…Bill looked at me and said”Your are a Double Agent hu?I dont think you can be trusted…”
I pulled Marc Corano in the girls locker room and told him what Bill had been up to recently. Marc swore that he wouldnt let Bill know that we had the conversation, and he also assured me that he was going to take a look into it. ……….So can you tell me why the next week Bill came up to me and asked how my “Chat “was with Marc Corano, and then he said “See nothing happens if you talk to the office” The he laughed in my face.My guess is Marc thought he was helping when he went to Talent Relations:Tommy Dreamer….Bills seemingly closer than blood and fraternity brother. After that, then they taunted and tortured me even more on a daily basis. It evolved into an idea that they were going to make shirts and hats that said “Im Calling The Office” to make fun of those of us who were reaching out for help.They went around getting shirt sizes, advertised that they were going to sell them at the merch table on our shows….”Im Calling The Office” became a catch phase there used about 50-75 times a day… Used to tease humiliate and intimidate those of us who were not a part of the circle, and treated unjustly for it. Bill would call private girls training (to plan out matches)before the office and agents came to scout for the main roster,and not tell me. I know Im not the only one who will testify to this. This is a person who black balled me out of WWE to the point where a perfect report on a try out ( By Steve Keirn) didnt get me a job back……. Bottom line: I was dehumanized there.My civil rights were taken away…literally.. Bill is guilty of Slander, Harassment, and Retaliation for SURE ….those are just the obvious offenses. Ive never been given a fair opportunity until I signed my contract with TNA. I must say also that I want to sincerely apologize for getting sooooooo emotional when Pops asked me why I was there to train. That to me is such a DEEP question. Although it took me a long time to realize the depth of the psychological damage that I suffered there, I have used it to fuel my strength to push harder.
When I drove 90 miles to your school, it felt like driving around the block. I seriously only expected to get in to ring train hard to polish up for my matches, work on a few new signature moves…. You guys are the first people that I have opened up to about my experiences there in that great of detail.
I feel really bad for unloading this on you two….I even felt a little scared as I was telling you what happened. I dont know why….
Ty Bailey even asked me before he and John Laurinaitis invited me to my tryout…”What happened with you at Deep South???” (Thinking it was a test)I gave the a politically correct “worker” answer of “I learned so much about the business there, and It opened up other opportunities for me…gave me two years in Japan….blah blah….which is all true…Ty responded by saying” Cut the S***! ….I wanna know what happened!” Sooooo, I gave him a super condensed version of my 9 months of terror, and then he apologized to me and said that he was there to make sure that stuff like that didnt happen again,that I would get a fair shot this time. Ryan Reeves just got hired back, he knows the truth about Deep South, he was there……And he is on his way to FCW now…
After my try out, Steve K. told me that he was confused as to why I didnt get hired back the 2nd time around. (He told me he told the office “flat out” to sign me back)He filmed my match and afterward told me that my work and my promo would get me hired for sure..I received a standing ovation from the entire class for my tryout Promo….He told Marty Jannetty backstage at Raw that he put in a recommendation for me…. When Ty called me and told me to go down for my tryout, I quit my job, because when Johnny told me that I was getting another chance, I believed him. I suffered for that. I know Steve Keirn doenst play around…So to me it is so confusing…..He kept asking me everytime I saw him if my phone rang from up north to report to FCW….. But I truly believe that What God Has in Store For You No Man Can Take Away From You. I live my life on that.And even though tears have constantly flowed as I write this letter to you, I know that it is no coincidence that you guys are here in Florida. I want to be the best wrestler I can. God has blessed me with athleticism and I plan to maximize upon that. I have the opportunity right now to be the start of something! With a company that truly backs there Womens Division. I love Terry Taylor like a part of my family. He is a strong and positive leader. I believe that Jesus took all my pain on the Cross. And HE has blessed me now to be wrestling, still.
My very first match that I EVER had was in Tokyo Japan…..and It was ranked #19 out of 100 matches…in Best matches of the Year and since then there has been bumps in the road, but there has been no stoppin me.Im ready more than ever to turn up the heat, and take my talents to the next level. Thanks so much for being here for me to help me develop and evolve as a worker! See you guys on Tuesday for sure!
Cell: ******* PS…Mr. Hughes said he saw you in PA… just talked to him…”