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Bill DeMott’s Side Of The Story: 13 Things We Learned On Talk Is Jericho

13 June 2015 4:39 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

One of the biggest wrestling stories of the year was the news of Bill DeMott’s alleged unsavory training methods in Nxt being once again brought to light. Current and former WWE trainees and aspiring wrestlers took positions on the man who was cursed with some of the worst gimmick names in history, with former pupils such as Tna’s Ethan Carter III and Dolph Ziggler’s brother Ryan Nemeth calling him out for abusive behavior.

For his part, DeMott defended his actions but opted to “step down” from his position as head trainer of Nxt and has since been replaced by Matt Bloom. Despite the rampant allegations of misconduct, discrimination and verbally and physically abusive methods he’s remained relatively quiet on the issue.

Until now.

When the story broke, Chris Jericho publicly defended his friend and former colleague, saying that he underwent similar rigorous conditions while »

- Brad Hamilton

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10 Veterans Who Would Be Ideal Role Models For Younger Wrestlers

17 April 2015 12:23 PM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Learning how to wrestle is a very difficult task. There are so many different aspects of this business that one needs to learn in order to be successful: working a match, cutting a promo, bumping, selling, ring psychology, working the crowd, etc. No one is perfect in everything, but there have been a few wrestlers who have excelled in one area so much that younger stars should learn from them.

In WWE, the newest recruits have a lot of assets in the form of the Performance Center. However, when it comes to being trained by actual wrestlers, the names Bill DeMott and Jason Albert aren’t necessarily the best people you want training the Superstars of the future. You want them to be learning from the absolute best in wrestling, from those who have carved great legacies for themselves in one aspect of wrestling or another.

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- Alexander Podgorski

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WWE SmackDown And New Tough Enough Heading To USA Network

7 April 2015 10:33 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

It was announced on Tuesday that WWE will be bringing back Tough Enough to the USA Network on Tuesday, June 23rd. The return of Tough Enough was announced several months ago, but it was not known what the day would be. Now we know.

In the same press release on, they also said that Smackdown would be moving from Syfy to USA Network. It will remain on Thursday nights. That’s a good move because USA Network is more high profile and more people have that channel, but USA Network and Syfy are both part of the NBC Universal series of channels.

Here’s the press release:

USA is expanding its commitment to WWE, with reality competition series “WWE Tough Enough” returning Tuesday, June 23, at 8/7 C with a reimagined format and new, live elements. Additionally, SmackDown is coming to USA Network in the first quarter of »

- John Canton

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7 Questions With Rockstar Spud And Ethan Carter III

13 March 2015 10:48 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Rockstar Spud is due to battle with Ethan Carter III on this week’s Tna Impact Wrestling broadcast. It promises to be worth tuning in for, as this won’t be just any old match, it will be a hair vs hair match.

In anticipation for this, I had the chance to speak with Spud and EC3. We talked about their upcoming match, the Bill DeMott controversy, problems within Tna and much more.

On the subject of the hair versus hair match, you can really tell how much it means to both of these guys. Make sure to tune in this Friday in the Us, or 9pm this Sunday in the UK on Challenge TV.

7. What Can Fans Expect From This Week’s Hair Vs Hair Battle?

EC3: Emotion. This match is more than just about shaving someone’s head. Michael Jordan’s competitiveness was »

- Grahame Herbert

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WWE Backstage Talent Meeting Over Bill DeMott Controversy

11 March 2015 2:46 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »


WWE held an all talent meeting before Monday’s Raw broadcast. According to Wrestling Observer Radio, management told the crew that if they had a problem, as in the problems that were experienced with Bill DeMott, that they should be coming to management and letting them know first.

On the idea of talent going to WWE management, Bryan Alvarez hilariously quipped “it did wonders for a lot of people.”

This is a reference to the unhelpful attitude of WWE’s management structure. The people who run the company are wildly out of touch, and tend to blame the talent before stopping to consider their own positions and structures. Based on their past experiences, the talent have no reason to trust the management to resolve difficult situations.

This is why talent end up leaving the company and then speaking out. They know that internally they are wasting their breath, but »

- Grahame Herbert

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10 Things WWE Wants You To Forget About Matt Bloom

10 March 2015 5:49 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Bill DeMott has stepped down as head trainer of the WWE performance centre amid allegations of misconduct, neglect and abuse from several former developmental talents. Former WWE superstar and current Nxt commentator Matt Bloom has taken temporary charge in DeMott’s absence.

It is unknown whether WWE will hire somebody else for the position or if Bloom will be able to convince officials that he is the right man for the job. Bloom intimated in a tweet dated March 8th that he planned on ‘busting through’ the doors that DeMott’s dismissal have opened for him.

Bloom, alias Baldo/Prince Albert/A-Train/Giant Bernard/Lord Tensai/Sweet T/Jason Albert, certainly has the credentials and was a more featured player in WWE than DeMott ever was during his entire career. Bloom, who has been working in the performance centre since retiring from active competition in August, is reportedly well-liked by wrestlers and staff. »

- Lewis Howse

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7 Things Bill DeMott’s Resignation Tells Us About Corporate WWE

9 March 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »


Amid numerous allegations of perceived professional improprieties, on March 6, 2015, Bill DeMott officially resigned from his position as head trainer at WWE’s Performance Center. From allegations of racist and homophobic statements plus physically abusing his students, DeMott’s alleged behaviour was so bad that him staying in his position could’ve easily led to more harm than good for now wholly corporate WWE.

Bill DeMott is a 25-year wrestling veteran who comes from another time in the industry, his career starting in 1990 making him one of the last of the top wrestlers broken in during wrestling’s “territory” era. If anything, the territory era wasn’t exactly known for being politically correct, kind, or pleasant in most any way for those who were doing the wrestling itself.

From angles being booked that sensationalised issues of race, gender and sexual orientation, to needing the perception of being “tough” in order »

- Marcus K. Dowling

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10 WWE Questions You Most Want Answered (Mar 8)

8 March 2015 10:10 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

The road to WrestleMania continues with WWE building the card up as best they can although there’s a sense that this year’s show is underwhelming. What stole the news headlines this week is what happened to their head trainer at the Performance Center.

A huge story that broke on Friday was Bill DeMott stepping down as the head trainer for WWE’s developmental system in Orlando. He stepped down after accusations from former students going back many years that complained about how he would make people work hurt, he used homophobic terms, he used racial slurs and other things that made things uncomfortable for the people working there.

It’s likely one of those situations where you can say “where there’s smoke there’s fire” because so many people spoke up to join in on the accusations. While a lot of them were former developmental »

- John Canton

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10 Victims Of Wrestling Millennials

8 March 2015 3:44 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Recently blaming WWE’s problem in creating fresh top guys on the “millenial” mentality on a live version of “Stone ColdSteve Austin’s podcast, Vince McMahon accidentally ushered in the “milennial” era of pro wrestling in full. Intriguingly, it was Nxt head trainer Bill DeMott (and not McMahon, who was the first victim of this wildly progressive new era in WWE history.

Eschewing a debased behavior approving, subterfuge-favoring, corporate and sanitized presentation, milennials want wrestling to be an industry where talent, honesty, decency and connectivity matter more than anything else.

Is the “millenials” mentality the reason why Bill DeMott recently quit the company because of allegations about his training methods? These “barbaric” methods were part and parcel (and likely tame, in comparison) of what every wrestler grew up with in a prior era, but they apparently just don’t fit in the presentation of the business that »

- Marcus K. Dowling

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Bill DeMott Quits As WWE Head Trainer

6 March 2015 12:43 PM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Bill DeMott has decided that the scrutiny that he has received by former WWE employees in recent weeks is making life difficult for him and the company, so he has decided to step down as WWE’s head coach/trainer at their Performance Center in Orlando.

He made the announcement on Twitter;

I deny the recent allegations made about me, however, to avoid any embarrassment or damage to the (cont)

Bill DeMott (@BillDeMott) March 6, 2015

He used the Twitlonger service because he couldn’t fit it all in one tweet: “I deny the recent allegations made about me, however, to avoid any embarrassment or damage to the WWE, I’ve decided to step down from my role effective immediately.”

This is a story that our WWE editor Grahame Herbert has covered throughout the week first with the allegations from former wrestlers, then WWE and »

- John Canton

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10 Things WWE Wants You To Forget About Bill Demott

4 March 2015 3:46 PM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »


On March 2nd, 2015 fresh allegations were levelled at Bill DeMott, the head trainer at the WWE Performance Centre where Nxt superstars and other prospective developmental talents train and hone their craft.

Former trainee Austin Matelson (who wrestled as Judas Devlin) revealed details of DeMott’s dangerous training technique and bullying demeanour to Vendetta Pro Radio. A letter that Matelson sent to WWE Hr where he detailed the abuse he and others allegedly suffered at the hands of DeMott has been posted on Reddit.

Aside from physical abuse and unsafe training methods, the letter also contained allegations of homophobia and racism. The revelations sparked an outcry on social media and on Tuesday #FireBillDeMott was trending worldwide. This is not good news for WWE, obviously, although they have released a statement saying that they investigated claims of abuse at the time and that they found no evidence to support them.

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- Lewis Howse

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WWE And Chris Jericho Defend Bill DeMott Amid More Allegations

4 March 2015 2:09 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

WWE and Chris Jericho have defended Bill DeMott’s coaching style, following allegations by Judas Devlin of verbal and physical bullying. However, since WWE’s response, new allegations have been made against the Developmental trainer.

Ryan Collins competed for WWE in the Nxt brand. He went under the name Brandon Traven and was released in 2013. A letter he sent to WWE officials has now been leaked on reddit, with new allegations against DeMott’s inappropriate behaviour.

The key allegations include-

“Coach DeMott gets angry and standoffish at any sign of injury.”

“As he was leaving the trainers room, Coach DeMott slapped me on top of the head.” (After Traven had reported a head injury).

“I have also grown very tired of how Coach DeMott has constantly bullied us. Whether by physically hitting us, or by calling us gay. He has on numerous occasions alluded to me being gay. »

- Grahame Herbert

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Bill DeMott Allegedly Bullied Nxt Wrestlers

3 March 2015 5:19 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Bill DeMott is alleged to have bullied WWE performance centre trainees in the most demeaning terms. Former trainee Austin Draven (real name Austin Matelson), who wrestled as Judas Devlin in Nxt, has revealed to Vendetta Pro Radio that DeMott was a vicious bully.

Furthermore, a letter of complaint that Draven penned to WWE officials has been posted on Reddit. All of this has exposed DeMott in a very critical light and questions are now being asked of WWE. Draven’s accusations have been subsequently backed up by Ryan Nemeth, who formerly competed as Briley Pierce in WWE Nxt.

As of Tuesday morning, “#FireBillDeMott” was trending on Twitter. One Reddit user reported that DeMott responded in a private message to this hashtag, saying “You’re a little b**** and I will kill you and your family.”

However, it is impossible at this stage to verify that DeMott responded in this fashion. »

- Grahame Herbert

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WWE Announces Tough Enough Return On USA Network

15 January 2015 1:19 PM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

It was announced on Thursday on that the WWE reality series Tough Enough is coming back.

Tough Enough was rumored to return last year on WWE Network, but those plans didn’t materialise, likely because WWE was in money saving mode. However, now that WWE has a new TV deal with NBC Universal it’s USA Network that is planning on airing the show.

Here’s the official announcement from USA Network President:

“I am pleased to announce that USA is bringing back ‘Tough Enough,’ the action-packed competition reality show from the ratings juggernaut, WWE. The show will have a completely new format, with live elements that will truly make this event television. After signing another multi-year deal for Raw and SmackDown, this is the perfect time to bring back the series and capitalize on the enormous audience appeal of sports-entertainment.”

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- John Canton

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