Vince McMahon Settles With Rape Accuser Rita Chatterton, WBD Refuses Jay Briscoe Tribute Show
WBD reportedly who not allow AEW to turn Dynamite into a Jay Briscoe tribute and the latest on Vince McMahon's legal issues.
Vince McMahon Settles With Rape Accuser Rita Chatterton
BY MILES SCHNEIDERMAN AND COLBY APPLEGATE / JAN. 19, 2023
Vince McMahon has reportedly agreed to a multi-million dollar settlement with former World Wrestling Federation referee Rita Chatteron, according to the Wall Street Journal. Chatteron publicly accused McMahon of raping her in 1986.
Back in December, the Wall Street Journal reported that Chatterton's lawyers had informed WWE of her intent to seek damages totaling $11.75 million — that news came months after the Journal reported that McMahon had paid four women more than $12.5 million in hush money payments to cover up alleged sexual misconduct, a scandal that ultimately led to McMahon's resignation in July.
McMahon previously denied Chatterton's claims and reportedly told people close to him that he had no plans to pay settlements. In the latest update, WSJ reports that Chatterton agreed to a settlement "last month" that was less than what she originally demanded, although the exact figure is unknown. Jerry McDevitt, McMahon's lawyer, told WSJ, "Mr. McMahon denies and always has denied raping Ms. Chatterton. And he settled the case solely to avoid the cost of litigation." WWE continues to decline comment on the allegations, but previously noted that they were taking the claims seriously and were cooperating with an investigation.
WINC Podcast (1/18): AEW Dynamite Review, Jay Briscoe
AEW was not allowed to do a tribute show for Jay Briscoe on Wednesday’s Dynamite because Warner Media wouldn't allow it, according to Dave Meltzer on the latest "Wrestling Observer Radio".
AEW filmed a Jay Briscoe “Celebration of Life” tribute show after last night’s Dynamite that was set up like a classic Ring of Honor event. ROH commentators Ian Riccaboni and Caprice Coleman were rushed to the building in Fresno, California so that they could do commentary for the show. The show will soon be released on WatchROH.com and YouTube. Tony Khan told the live audience that this was just the first time they would be celebrating the Briscoes, so it appears that another tribute show could be in the cards.
Briscoe's grieving mother, Jana Pugh, spoke to NBC's "WRDE Coast TV." Jana said, "He took care of people. He really wanted people to be kind to each other. It was very important to him… If Jamin could see the people that are reaching out and praying because of what's happened to him, he'd feel like, you know, 'I did reach some people.'"
D-Von Dudley’s latest stint with WWE is coming to an end. Dudley tweeted, "The company (WWE) and I have decided to part ways, and feel this is the best decision for all parties. It's been a pleasure and an honor to work with the young talent [and] Bubba, as well as everyone over in 'NXT.' As well as working with some of the best producers in the world."
On January 14, Matt Cardona filed to trademark the name "Zack Ryder," the name he used for most of his 15-year career with WWE.
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