One of the biggest names in professional wrestling has been accused of sexual harassment as the #SpeakingOut movement continues to rock the wrestling world.
Brock Lesnar is being accused by former WWE Superstar Terri Runnels.
Runnels, during an interview on the “Kee on Sports” podcast, says Lesnar flashed her during his first run with the company.
“I don’t have a lot of respect for Brock, I don’t think Brock respects wrestling fans,” Runnels said during the interview.
She continued, “He showed his penis to me and called my name as I was walking past where he was in the dressing room and opened his towel so I could see his manly bits. I would have much rather him not be so disrespectful of a female that’s been in this business for as long as I have been.”
She added, “He knew he was gonna have a lot of power, that they were gonna give him the strap but at that point, I’d been in this business a long time. I have respect and what he did was very, very wrong. From a respect standpoint, from a sexual harassment standpoint, it was wrong.”
Runnels made the same allegation during a 2004 interview but this time she has given more details. She references that they were going to give him the WWE Championship, which would indicate that the alleged incident would have happened in 2002, just a few months after he made his main roster debut.
WWE issued the following statement regarding recent allegations:
“Individuals are responsible for their own personal actions. WWE has zero tolerance for matters involving domestic violence, child abuse, and sexual assault. Upon arrest for such misconduct, a WWE talent will be immediately suspended. Upon conviction for such misconduct, a WWE talent will be immediately terminated. WWE’s ability to fine, suspend or terminate a WWE talent will not be, however, limited or compromised in any manner in the event incontrovertible evidence of such illegal misconduct is presented to WWE.”
During the last week, there have been dozens of allegations on wrestlers in and out of the United States. Most of them are not with WWE but #SpeakingOut has affected the company as Jack Gallagher was released after it was alleged that he sexually assaulted a woman in 2014.
Matt Riddle is alleged to have sexually assaulted pro wrestler Candy Cartwright and there have been allegations made about NXT UK wrestlers including Jordan Devlin.
Lesnar started on WWE’s main roster in 2002 and left the company after WrestleMania XX in 2004. Runnels also left WWE during that same year.
Just curious if you all saw the Tweet where @RealPaigeWWE spoke out in support of me regarding the Brock incident(thx)…yet today it seems to have disappeared! I have never sought any sort of responsibility from him, nor recourse from @WWE, but Tweets are disappearing!🤔#Strange
— Terri Runnels (@TheTerriRunnels) June 24, 2020
h/t NY Post for the transcription.