Earlier today it was reported that a fan, using the social media handle “xIAMHOLLYWOODx”, was taken backstage by security at a recent Ring of Honor show and “intimidated” by WWE Hall of Famer Bully Ray.
The story broke after the fan posted a long rant on Twitter discussing the situation. He claims to have been simply heckling some of the female performers because they were playing heels, and not out of genuine malice.
However, Bully Ray himself responded to the allegations confirming that the person in question was indeed brought backstage, and “in retrospect” he should have just been asked to leave. Bully claims that was actually “nice” to the fan and “never threatened, intimidated or berated” him in any way after he made “vile comments and lewd sexual gestures” towards the female performers.
Ring of Honor announced this afternoon that they had launched their own “internal review” to look into the matter.
“And now the TRUTH…
I could not have been any nice to said “fan.” Yes… NICE… hard to believe. I NEVER threatened, intimidated or berated said “fan.” I handled the situation the exact opposite way most would assume, with decorum. Convo lasted less than 30 sec. I even gave the fan a friendly pat on the back and told him to enjoy the show and “go be a fan”. His response… “Thanks Bully” Fan version of story is embellished to make fan look like a “victim”.
Many other fans who attended the shows in Kent and Portland have already confirmed on social media how said fan “crossed the line” w/ multiple talents…both men and women. In retrospect, the “fan” should have been ejected.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t until after “fan” was asked to not be “so rude”, did we find out the severity of the vile comments and lewd sexual gestures made towards the women. I think we can all agree that in 2019, this type of behavior toward women is unacceptable and goes far beyond the scope of… “I paid for my seat, I should be able to do or say whatever I want.”
I love by the motto… “Respectful fans always get what they went… Rude fans always get what they deserve.” At the end of the day, I’m guilty of defending 3 women that needed a bit of defending. Not by being a bully, by being a man.
— Bully Ray (@bullyray5150) June 3, 2019