NXT Divas Facing Sexual Harassment From Trainer?

Rumors have surfaced via social media that Divas at WWE’s NXT developmental territory have been subjected to sexual harassment by a trainer.

The trainer has been referred to as their strength coach, but hasn’t been mentioned by name.

Cryptic tweets have been sent by recently released NXT talent Briley Pierce (aka Ryan Nemeth, Dolph Ziggler‘s brother) and Trent Barreta.

Most recently and most openly were the tweets sent last week by Pierce. He has since deleted the tweets, but a screencap of them was posted online:

Last month, Barreta made similar claims in reply to a fan’s tweet about NXT Diva Bayley:

In today’s episode of former developmental talent Kevin Matthews‘s podcast Two and a Half Wrestlers, he spoke with fellow ex-NXT wrestlers Chase Donovan and Chad Baxter about a number of issues in the developmental system, and the sexual harassment rumor came up briefly.

The men acknowledged that they had heard the story from several other people, saying that the incidents were about a trainer “taking pictures with the Divas”. Head trainer Bill DeMott, they said, did not want the story to reach WWE Corporate and in a sense “swept it under the rug”.

Click here to listen to the podcast (Diva harassment discussion begins at 54:25).

Of course, these rumors have not been confirmed, but given the incredible amount of pressure felt by talent in the developmental system, it’s not outside the realm of possibility that they would be afraid to speak out about a matter like this.

We hope to have more on this issue when additional information surfaces. As for now, though, this is to be considered a rumor.

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  • DJ8946

    Audrey aka Ashley also had an interview saying it didnt happen to her but she’s sure it did happen. Also her & Brooke went to the same high school.

    • http://twitter.com/#!/JillianHallTNA TNAknockoutJillianHall

      Hogan or Tessmacher?

      • DJ8946


    • Lil’Homie

      Did she come out and say that, cause Audrey doesn’t look like the type of girl that would go to Spring. Just a little fact about myself, me and Brooke went to the same high school, but not at the same time.

      • Lil’Homie

        And my older brother went on a date with her.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/JillianHallTNA TNAknockoutJillianHall

    I want Sara Del Rey to kick that guy’s ass!! NOBODY CAN’T TOUCH MY DANCING QUEEN EMMA!!!!!! -.-”

  • Liam Holden

    Bill DeMott forces the guys to wrestle naked while he watches and laughs. Look up Kevin Matthews @2CockyKM he has a pic of it.

    Bill is also responsible for causing Angel Williams injury in 2007, just before she was supposed to be called up.

    • xX-Zoey-Sky-Xx

      I don’t know how that creep Demon is still under WWE employment. WWE should really take notice, it’s not the first time there’s been sexual harassment rumours with DeMott not far from them. At least Kevin Matthews has picture evidence if there’s hopefully an investigation.

  • http://www.twitter.com/wwestarlee wwestarlee

    Lets me just say this Heelllllll Nooo! I dont care if this was my dream job or not if i feel violated im calling the cops &wwe officials . You dont lose your morals & dignity for no damn job you speak up for you respect ladies

  • Ambrose-DivaFan

    I am hoping it isn’t true, I don’t think WWE would condone something like this now a days, had this been a few years ago I would have expected it more.

    If it is true, I hope takes action, I don’t care if NXT officials don’t want it to reach corporate, nothing is right about sexual harassment. These girl are just trying to do their job, they should not be treated like that!

  • shameronstar

    Yikes, this is a serious issue, wwe NEED to do something pronto especially now because of those tmz dirt bags try to get a hold of this it could be a PR nightmare for wwe!

  • johnny

    That’s not right hope who ever it is gets what’s coming to him.

  • Katie

    Is anyone listening to what former wrestlers have said about him?! He does it. No more saying ‘oh I hope it’s not true’, it is. He’s a pig that should of been fired after the first incident.

  • BarbieBlank

    I hate reading stuff like this
    No one should have to go through that at work
    Hopefully wwe takes notice of these rumors and starts to investigate asap

  • WaitingForSundae

    You know what I find disgusting?

    If sexual harassment is indeed happening, the wrestlers alluding to it on Twitter need to man up and name names. To make vague comments treats a very serious issue like a joke.

    If they don’t have the courage to speak up and defend these women, don’t half ass it on Twitter by sorta saying something.

    • http://facebook.com/mykel1990 Michael K.

      One has named Bill DeMott time and again.

      • charovnica

        Really!? Woah…if it’s true I now have absolutely no respect for the guy.

  • Hands.ofthe.Wicked

    She should just use it as blackmail to get a main roster spot haha

    • shameronstar

      That’s the Bella way after all;)

      • Lil’Homie

        Did the Bellas do something to you in high school or something ? Cause you sure do hate on them a lot.

        • shameronstar

          No I was just referring to that story I heard about how the Bellas even got called to the main roster in the 1st place where they apparently threatened to quit which seemed like a shady thing to do but the Bellas understand the concept of “playing the game” so it would explain why they’re management favorites and in terms of how politically inclined they are I can’t really hate or fault them since you kind of have to be shady in a shady business!

        • http://twitter.com/#!/JillianHallTNA TNAknockoutJillianHall

          Every real wrestling fan hates Bellas cause they can’t wrestle, do a promo, or anything! And they are stealing money from people who could actually wrestle but stuck in the indy shows…

          • DaDivaQueen

            F*ck the haterz! Bella can wrestle and cut a promo better than a lot of has been divas. Just because they don’t do flashy moves doesn’t mean they can’t wrestle! WOO! WOO!

          • Eveyy

            Oh the indies boo hoo.

          • http://au.groups.yahoo.com/group/WWE_Divas/ art

            DaDivaQueen LMAO the bellas fuck up every promo they’ve done….

  • dsan

    Ugh. Disgusting. It’s disgusting because he’s doing it, and because it was swept under the carpet.

  • charovnica

    Man…that’s just wrong.

  • Bikini model destroyer

    How disgusting…..I really feel bad for Paige, Bayley, Sasha, and Emma :(

  • Lil’Homie

    OH HELL TO THE NAW *grabs blade and starts to drive to Florida*

  • XavierSkyy

    I don’t think Paige is being harassed. She has a family that is very involved in professional wrestling and with as intimidating as both her parents are, you could guarantee something would have been done. As far as divas I’m guessing that get harassed, I’d say Bayley (obviously) by the tweet, Sasha, and Emma. And I’m almost 100% sure it’s Bill DeMott and/or Billy Gunn. It’s disgusting to see women getting treated this way in 2013..

    • ricky_says_hi

      I doubt it’s Billy Gunn. He has a wife and children. Bill DeMott is probably the culprit. He showed obvious abuse of his power on Tough Enough and many other developmental superstars have spoken out against him. This kind of thing reminds me of the vicious bullying Ivory and Jacqueline put OVW developmental Divas through years ago

      • Wrestling.fan.from.France

        I heard it wasn’t Bill DeMott on an other site dedicated for women’s wrestling too.

      • ItsRayVolution

        Woah, I never heard of the Ivory/Jackie vs OVW Divas thing? Where did you hear that?

        • AJFan95

          Here is a story from one of the girls who trained with them: http://forums.thesmartmarks.com/lofiversion/index.php?t56090.html

          • Liam Holden

            lol the people commenting on that article seem like total idiots to wrestling, either that or they’re douchebags.

            calling Ivory, Jacqueline, Trish and Victoria bad wrestlers??? I have to question the mentality of them..

  • Wrestling.fan.from.France

    This is really sad to hear things like this! Even if I know Paige, Charlotte, Emma and Summer Rae are surely not being harassed because of their big family or because they are the TOP nxt divas and I know Summer has too much charisma and personality to no let this happen same for Paige. Those four will obviously be the stars of tomorrow and considering how HOT wwe is on those four, I doubt somebody do things like this on them if he want to keep his job. I’m scared for Sasha, Bayley and all the other MODEL because they are obviously the girls who are being harassed. BUT, now that the news is on the net, I think the person is going to stop because the Wwe and especially Stephanie and Triple H will surely do something about it if he continues!

    Anyway, OFF TOPIC:

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    TNA iMPACT! 7.11.13: *Gail Kim defeated Taryn Terrell in an AWESOME ladder match to become the new number one contender for the TNA Knockouts championship in 11:36. SICK spots throughout the match. This was even better than their TNA Slammiversary pay-per-view match. “This is awesome” and “Holy sh*t” chants during the match.

    • BarbieBlank

      Gail won???? That’s a real swerve I thought Taryn would’ve won

      • charovnica

        I think it was going to be way too much for Gail to lose a second match with an extreme stipulation to someone that is still a rookie/build as a rookie.

    • vdcvt

      Nice! Glad to hear the ladder match was pretty sick and intense. And it got a decent amount of time too. I have a feeling Velvet and Taryn are gonna come back in this feud; Gail vs Mickie would be interesting though now they’re both heels. I reckon Velvet and Taryn will probably interrupt their match or something.

      Whoever it is, I hope WWE takes appropriate action. Seriously, treat your employees with some freaking respect.

  • divaindemise

    Ah, the grim tales from the WWE meat grinder. Frankly, I’m not surprised about the jock male mentality or the stereotyping of women as fair game. I hope the rumours persist and at least instigate some investigation concerning the figureheads in NXT. That there has been an admission of sweeping this under the carpet is damning as it is.

    Ha, and I hope no one has been harassing Paige. Saraya looks of the she-wolf disposition to break legs when it comes to her children. :)

  • aldo

    If this is true…Where is Sara del Rey? From waht i heard, she could kick any male ass. However, it’s really disgusting to read that.

  • http://worldelitewrestle.proboards.com FOXY & FLAWLESS!

    Why does everyone assume it was touching? Lol. So far, this isn’t a Penn State case, it just says Sexual Harassment. That could easily be the trainers saying inappropriate things AROUND the women that shouldn’t be said in a work environment period…I don’t think we should jump the gun and just assume they’re forcing Emma and Bayley to strip each other in the ring while they watch. While it’s a serious situation, let’s not make it a witch hunt when 0 details have been actually unveiled. All we have is cryptic tweets from a bitter Superstar just because he was released. TBH Dolph’s brother or not, I lost a huge amount of respect for him. If he was a real man, he would have sought to have this settled while he was signed to WWE, but I guess that was a threat to any chance of him getting on the main roster, so he stayed hush hush until he got the boot and now he wants to speak up. Oh child please. Bitter children in the unemployment line looking to start on the independent circuit are not credible sources for anything.

  • http://au.groups.yahoo.com/group/WWE_Divas/ art

    I’m not surprised at all i just hope the women getting this treatment speak up for themselves…
    its like hayes rumor with taryn for an oral agreement….

  • jcarcano12

    This fromer NXT are biotch because if they saw this happening they should of said something when they were their

  • http://twitter.com/RyanRoman0 Ryan

    I’m hoping this isn’t true
    He makes dudes wrestle naked, makes them work out till past exhaustion, rumor was he hurt Angelina’s knee hence why she somehow has no knee cap.. But Taylor Kristal and Michelle endured his daily training so hmmm…

    Still sexual Harrassment is not cool :/

  • Liam Holden

    Michael Hayes also told a Smackdown Diva he’d make sure she didn’t get released when it came to WWE’s “Spring cleaning” if she gave him head.

    • Sarah Connor

      if that was me, i’d have met hayes and recorded it all and blackmailed him and sued wwe if they had tried to fire me.