We reported earlier this week the report of a fan noting an incident that took place at a Ring of Honor event this past weekend. The fan took to social media to describe what he called an intimidating encounter with ROH talent and Busted Open radio host Bully Ray.
During his description, he cited booing the women of the card, specifically from the faction Allure and how he and the talent got into more than one exchange. He believed he was doing his part as a fan, booing the heels and cheering the babyfaces and the members of Allure responded that the fan was verbally abusive and vulgar. They noted this fan was known to the talent as someone who’d done this before and was just looking for notoriety.
Regardless of the actual perception of what took place, the fan describes being ushered backstage by security and left alone in a room with Bully Ray. He says Ray told him to cut it out with the disrespect to the women performers, go back to his seat and “go be a fan.” He says he responded “yes sir” and went back to his seat.
What the Fan Said
After the event, the fan wrote the entire account of the incident saying he was disappointed in ROH. Bully Ray and the women of Allure responded this fan was a real problem and should have been kicked out. Either way, the two probably never should have been left alone in a room together.
Ring of Honor conducted an investigation into the incident and responded to Wrestling Inc. with the following statement:
ROH FOLLOWUP STATEMENT:
Ring of Honor prides itself on providing a fun and entertaining environment for both our fans and wrestlers to experience professional wrestling at the highest level.
Fans are encouraged to cheer, boo, and chant during the show while wrestlers interact both positively and in rivalry, as that is the engagement that makes the ROH experience what it is. Wrestlers interacting with fans is core to the experience, however, under no circumstance should any of our athletes or staff confront or engage fans outside the bounds of this entertainment experience or outside the bounds of the area that hosts this experience. We hold all of our athletes and staff members to the highest standards and, because of the actions over the weekend, we fell short of meeting those standards.
We are still in the process of investigating this matter as well as reviewing and assessing internal security protocols to ensure a safe environment for all fans and athletes. All of our athletes and staff will also be trained and reminded of our policies and protocols for fan interaction and appropriate behavior in all situations.
To our amazing and wonderful fans, we apologize for the matter that transpired this past weekend as it does not reflect who we are as an organization or how we hope to engage with our fans. ROH fans are known worldwide for their passion, admiration, and appreciation for our athletes, and we share this same admiration and appreciation for our fans. We encourage all of our fans to continue attending our events and supporting our amazing athletes in a respectful manner as they have done in the past, and we promise to continue delivering what the fans deserve – the best wrestling and the best fan experience on the planet.source – Wrestling Inc.
Did ROH Just Claim Responsibility?
While it doesn’t look like ROH is admitting the fan was right or out of line, it appears they realize that the optics of pulling a fan backstage and being confronted by a performer was not a good look. As such, they’ve taken responsibility for that and will be talking to all performers.
They are still looking into the matter further and it’s possible Bully Ray and the security involved might find themselves in a bit of hot water.