Report: WWE Talent Booked In For Mandatory Healthy Relationships Counselling
Following the Speaking Out movement...
During the Speaking Out movement, numerous allegations of sexual abuse were levelled against WWE Superstars and employees. Wrestlers Jack Gallagher, Travis Banks and Ligero were subsequently fired and referees Chris Roberts and Joel Allen were later let go. Joe Coffey was also suspended but he is set to return to NXT UK soon.
WWE is also currently involved in a lawsuit after independent wrestler Candy Cartwright (Samantha Tavel) sued Matt Riddle, WWE, EVOLVE and Gabe Sapolsky. The lawsuit alleges Riddle sexually assaulted Tavel on several occasions from April 2017 to January 2020. WWE has been named in the lawsuit on the basis that the misogynistic culture within the company encouraged Riddle's behaviour and created an environment which accepts sexual assault.
Following the Speaking Out movement and Cartwright's lawsuit, WWE talent have been booked in for a mandatory counselling session on keeping healthy relationships, according to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. The session will take place on October 28 via streaming and will be hosted by Total Life Counselling. Counselling will be separated into two sessions, a main presentation to all talent, and a second session for smaller groups.