Top ROH Talents Alleged To Have 'Stiffed' Promoters, One Wrestler Responds, More
|By Jason Patrick | July 31, 2012 | Comments|
After working the match which was scheduled to feature O'Reilly and Richards, Strife took the microphone and addressed the situation, which you can check out below:
O'Reilly has since responded to the incident, admitting to fleeing the arena with the money but alleging that there were legitimate reasons for their actions.
"Following my match the previous night and our training session that morning, my back had been giving me a lot of grief," O'Reilly wrote in a blog. "After a full weekend of wrestling, and a full schedule of upcoming appearances, we decided amongst ourselves it would be best for everybody involved if we got our singles matches changed to an 8 man tag team match for the show. By no means was this an excuse to call it in and have a lazy match, this was simply a way of evening the work load and still putting his guys over clean in an outstanding 30 minute match. This request was met with hesitance from the promoter, claiming that his fans had expected specific singles matches from us and that he couldn't come to an agreement with us on the matter. After several back and forth attempts of an agreement, he simply told us we were then cancelled off his show. 'You can't just cancel us like this' Tony replied, 'I just did' was his response. Let me remind you we are in the middle of a cornfield laden highway in friggen Iowa and we're being told that we no longer have a booking for today and to just go home.
"Davey Richards and myself make a living from wrestling, being told to turn around and just drive home was insulting and disrespectful. At that moment, canceling us completely meant he owed us the full amount of pay whether we showed up or not. It's understandable that he wanted specific matches and we were willing to work with him on the matter but cancelling us then and there shows a level of immaturity and ignorance. So after getting lost we finally arrive at the show an hour after bell time, which admittedly, isn't unusual for us. This is where we supposedly threaten him. According to the promoter himself and one witness that was with him. Davey basically reiterated everything I just wrote about regarding our lives, how we wrestle for a living and how disrespecting Tony, a guy who trained us and paved the road is unacceptable. Davey just said it in his own words, which can come off as extremely intimidating and were obviously misconstrued as threats. We DO NOT threaten people unless it's a matter that makes it completely justified like a f-cking rapist is stalking your girlfriend. People with legitimate backgrounds are usually the last to threaten or hurt others. I spend almost every day being humbled by legitimate fighters who tap me out constantly, which is basically me admitting to them that they could have killed me but I tapped out so 'please release the choke'. And they're all cool as s--t, the people who fulfill their own self-righteous agenda are the ones who pretend to be something they're not and are more often then not bluffing and hiding something.
"So after dealing with all of this we continue to negotiate some way for us to wrestle and make at least some of the money that we were promised. I'm starting to feel bad for the guy as he clearly has no idea how to run a wrestling promotion, (bear in mind I have no idea either). He then has the audacity to say and I quote: 'Well nobody here really knows who you guys are anyway…'
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