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Bill DeMott Responds To Allegations Made Against Him

Bill DeMott

Bill DeMott was accused of numerous bullying and abuse allegations during his time as a WWE trainer, all of which he’s refuted.

Whether you know him as Bill DeMott, Hugh Morrus, or indeed General Hugh G. Rection, you likely remember him most for the allegations that rightly ended his involvement in the wrestling business.

The former WCW United States Heavyweight Champion was brought back to WWE as a trainer for the revived Tough Enough series in 2011, replacing Tom Prichard as their head trainer the following summer. He resigned on 6 March 2015, however, stemming from a series of allegations that included physical assault, bullying, being homophobic and racist, and condoning sexual harassment.

These allegations came from a number of then-WWE trainees and Superstars, including Curt Hawkins, EC3, and Kenny Omega, all of which were denied by DeMott, though he resigned from the company to avoid any further embarrassment to his now-former employer. Former AEW star Ivelisse went as far as to claim that alleging against Bill DeMott was likely the reason for her WWE release.

Additionally, a leaked email from Luchasaurus showed a vast amount of damning allegations against Bill DeMott that he’d sent to Canyon Ceman, WWE’s former Senior Director of Talent Development.

On the latest episode of Stories With Brisco And Bradshaw, Bill DeMott joined WWE Hall of Famers Gerald Brisco and John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield to defend what he called his training techniques (h/t Sportskeeda):

“I’m not a big fan of what I’ve been accused of doing, but I’m a big fan of that hard work and, okay, work for it. You both know, Mr. Brisco more than anybody, the opportunities are so more in front of them [nowadays]. They don’t have to appreciate it or work for it. That whole paying your dues thing is way out the window.”

DeMott would continue as he stated he was never found guilty of any of the allegations mentioned:

“All those stories and accusations were always told about somebody telling about something that happened to somebody else. It wasn’t what happened to them. ‘I saw this and I saw that.’ I’m a firm believer if you saw it, report it, but have your ducks in a row, and every time it was brought up it was looked into and nothing came of it.”

Bill DeMott was a 21-year veteran at the time of his retirement in 2011, last wrestling in March 2010 as he lost to Rick Fuller for the Independent Superstars of Professional Wrestling promotion. He’s not wrestled for WWE since November 2004, however, and hasn’t been involved in the wrestling business since the allegations initially arose.