Arrest Warrant Issued For Member Of Inaugural WWE NIL Class

The amateur wrestler has been charged

AJ Ferrari, a member of WWE's inaugural NIL class and a former amateur wrestler at Oklahoma State University, was charged with one felony count of sexual battery on Wednesday and a warrant has been issued for his arrest, documents obtained by The Oklahoman revealed.

This comes after a woman accused Ferrari of sexual assault on July 2. The woman then filed an emergency protective order against Ferrari on July 5, with a hearing scheduled for September 15. Within the protective order, the woman alleged that Ferrari made unwanted sexual advances and forced himself on top of her despite being told to stop on multiple occasions. Ferrari then allegedly pulled off her shirt, masturbated and ejaculated on her, and then fell asleep in her bed. 

Ferrari's attorney told The Oklahoman after charges were filed: "The Ferrari Family is disappointed by the State's decision to file this charge. We remain confident that through the legal process, AJ Jr. will be exonerated, as he is innocent and the facts will no doubt prove it."

Bond has been set at $25,000. 

Ferrari was previously a part of the Oklahoma State University wrestling team and he was an NCAA Champion in 2021. It was announced on July 13 that Ferrari was no longer with the programme. 

Ferrari was also a part of WWE's inaugural Next In Line class that came together in late 2021. The programme is designed to help recruit and develop college athletes into potential WWE talents, with trainees having access to the WWE Performance Center and other resources. 

WWE had focused more on bringing in college athletes but that directive is expected to change slightly following a disastrous tryout ahead of SummerSlam last week.

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