During the WrestleMania 39 weekend this past April, Gisele Shaw, a transgender wrestler and star of IMPACT Wrestling, came forward with allegations that WWE Hall of Famer Rick Steiner made derogatory remarks directed at her during the 2023 WrestleCon event. These claims were supported by IMPACT referee Daniel Spencer and IMPACT personality Gia Miller.
In light of these allegations, the Steiner Brothers have been scheduled to appear at WrestleCon events during the SummerSlam 2023 weekend in Detroit. Michael Bochicchio, the owner of WrestleCon, has released a statement addressing this situation.
“I’m going to address the Rick Steiner issue here instead of responding to every post. I hope everyone takes the time to read, but I also understand if you choose not to hear another side. Rick made completely inappropriate remarks to Giselle Shaw at our event in Los Angeles. As soon as we were made aware of what happened, we swiftly addressed the issue, but we never shared details of what happened at the event.
In hindsight, it was probably a mistake not to share more details during or immediately after the event concluded. I take full responsibility- my wife died 3 weeks after the LA show at the age of 46, after a long battle with cancer, and I made a lot of mistakes during that time. However, at no time then or after do we condone the remarks Rick made at LA. We did not fail to act after we were notified, and as a result, we removed him from the convention for the duration of that event. Rick’s poor decision forever impacted his brand , relationships within the wrestling community, and alienated many of his fans. One of the positive things Rick did, and it was not publicized, is immediately apologize. He apologized to members of the Wrestlecon staff, he apologized to many of his fellow wrestlers, and offered apologies to the members of Impact Wrestling staff that chose to hear from him at a private mediated event. Giselle chose not to attend Rick’s apology, which we 100% understood, supported, and still support to this day.
She had no obligation to hear anything from Rick nor should she ever feel obligated to accept any apology from him then or now. Now that we are three months beyond this event, I feel that Rick learned a lot from his huge mistake. I know it’s easier to cancel people when they make mistakes than to forgive and help educate. However, sometimes I think it’s important that we give people a second chance. That being said, Rick will forever be on a zero-tolerance scale moving forward at any of our events. If we are proven wrong, that he has not learned from his mistakes, we will enforce a permanent ban. That is not to imply that everyone gets one free strike. We continue to strive to have an environment where everyone feels safe and included. If we are faced with issues that compromise that environment, we will take all necessary action. Michael Bochicchio Owner of WrestleCon.”
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