Former WWE Intercontinental Champion Marty Jannetty is backing away from claims that he murdered a man in 1973 at the age of 13.

As we've noted, Jannetty took to Facebook back on August 5 and claimed he murdered a man when he was just 13. The story brought on mainstream media attention for Jannetty, and a preliminary investigation by the Columbus, Georgia Police Department.

For those who missed it, Jannetty posted about how he allegedly murdered a gay man who tried to sexually assault him behind a Victory Lanes bowling alley where they both worked. He said he had been buying marijuana from the man, as other teenagers did in the area. Jannetty also indicated that he got rid of the body by dumping it in the Chattahoochee River. Jannetty later said during an interview with Boston Wrestling that at the time of the incident he was not aware that the man also "lured" children so he could assault them. Jannetty said the man fondled him while they were in his car, and when Jannetty tried to get out of the car, the man got angry. Jannetty said he was pulled out of the car into an alley, where the man pulled his pants down. Jannetty said he was able to grab a brick and hit the man before he could be anally sexually assaulted. Jannetty also told Boston Wrestling that he doesn't think the man deserved to die, but he did deserve "to get his ass beaten." He also said he didn't mean for the man to die. It was also said that Jannetty was badly affected by the trauma of nearly being raped, killing someone, throwing their body in a river, and then "finding out on the news the dude's missing."

In an update, Jannetty took to Facebook today and claimed the murder story was part of a pro wrestling storyline. Jannetty now says he never murdered a man, and that the story was supposed to play out for some indie promotion, in a storyline involving his friend Darren Kelly, who was a corrections officer and part-time wrestler. Jannetty also detailed how there was at least some truth in the original story, in that he purchased marijuana from a gay man who he worked with at the bowling alley.

You can see Jannetty's full Facebook post below, along with screenshots of the original deleted post from early August:

I DID NOT MURDER THAT MAN!!!

It was just the beginning of a damn wrestling storyline..but OH MY GOD, OMG.. Didn't the WORLD buy it??!! I never knew it could be that easy..I mean, INSIDE EDITION(whom Im a fan of even though they slant/favor democrat), PEOPLE MAGAZINE, TMZ, FOX NEWS, that fake ass National Inquirer,..and ALL MAJOR NEWS OUTLETS WORLD WIDE jumped on this story..it got so hot I had to drop it..when my Columbus, Ga. Police Department got involved, I knew I had to drop it...or as my bruh Snoop Dogg says "drop it like its hot, drop it like its hot" lol..loves ya Snoopy..

I even got pulled outta line at the Atlanta airport headed to Boston..my TSA security brothers mostly laughing and getting autographs n pics kept saying, "we sorry yo, we have to, you're red flagged, you'll be fine though, we gotcha back brother" and they did. Thank y'all my brothers!!

I got calls, texts, messages from Germany, Japan, Australia, England, France, Scotland, Ireland, Africa, Israel and 1 call from Canada..I was like, "WTF is happening right now, holy s--t, I didn't even give them the cake yet"..

But..I had to let it go..it got too hot..I mean, I wanted to call the good people at the Columbus Police Department and tell them, "nah nah, don't waste tax payers money nor your valuable time..it was just a wrestling storyline"..but my brother Geno said, "hell no, lay low" Cause they might wanna make the newspapers..very correct, that's why along with my dad, he's my hero..(and my college wrestling coach, Coach Ron Steube) there's yo 3 wise men

But it all comes down to this>>> yo boy MJNDHOUSE still got it..the creator of the long living(28 years now) Barber Shop Window scene, just shook up the WORLD..again!..and I wasn't even finished..as Mr T said, "I gotta ho lotta mo" lol..y'all ain't even seen my 2 piece extra crispy yet..lol..you will

But next to all that, I wanna throw the most sincere heartfelt apologies to my gurrl Winni..the one who got caught up in the trap(and pictured in the original story)..I never knew it would go worldwide miss sweetness..they caught me off too..but Winnie is not a jealous evil woman..I needed that for the story..she's the sweetest thing since my mother..The girl works her ass off as an actress in Toronto, but hit WORLD WIDE on that sh*t..I sorry Winnie..I never meant to hurt you..I'm just stupid sometimes..

Ya know, now looking back, I shoulda done a few things differently..shoulda called the CPD first, and told them what up..shoulda told Winnie..but that ain't how I do it..never have, you can ask around, ask Geno, ask my best friend Curtis M. Burris who actually took me to the airport the day of me sneak attacking Shawn Michaels from out the audience and winning the IC Championship, told him I had to go to some Indy show in Vegas..imagine his shock that night watching Monday Night Raw..lol..

But that's how I do it..maybe old school..BUT IT WORKS, don't it?? When's the last time WWE, AEW hell ANY OF THEM grabbed WORLD WIDE NEWS like that?? Let me answer, NEVER!!

Btw, the rest of the storyline was to be..my friend Darren Kelly, who really was a correction officer, and GREAT wrestler, but disgruntled as hell so walked away from that job..he was to redeem himself by serving justice on me to earn back his stripes..but..in a match stipulated with..if he wins, he takes me in, in peace..if I win, he leave me alone, in peace..but sadly now, we'll not get to do that storyline

Again, sorry Winnie..never meant this s--t to get crazy like this..ya already know I gots mad love for ya..it's just this CTE acts up and I dont think straight..plus I'm insane in the membrane..

PS- there is some truth in the original story, that's how you add on and it seems all true..I was 13 buying weed from a gay man(and btw, I loves all my gay people, I just don't float my boat on that side of the river, loves y'all tho') in his car in front of the bowling alley we both worked at..and because a couple other of my teen friends went for the hustle(he'd pay them $40 to bj them) he might have assumed I would to, so in other words, the bag of weed for free..he subtly reach over and touched me down there.."and I said, "nah nah, let's get back to work" we got out and went back to work..and remained friends..he never touch my d*ck & balls again..so we was good