The pro wrestling world is full of interesting personalities who come from all walks of life. Sadly, we must report on a very troubling story today that involves a WWE Hall of Famer and his alleged hateful speech toward a transgender person.

April 1st is International Transgender Day of Visibility, and it is also the day of WrestleMania’s first night. Gisele Shaw logged onto Twitter, and she did not have any kind of announcement about WrestleMania, but she did have a story to tell about Rick Steiner.

Gisele Shaw put out a tweet with three text graphics that told a story about Rick Steiner that does not paint him in the best light. Gisele Shaw claims that Steiner called her terrible slurs, along with other things that were incredibly offensive, including misgendering her. Sadly, this allegedly happened at Wrestlecon.

I have been bullied all my life and have never stood up for myself because I’m scared that I would get beat up physically, mentally, or emotionally. The bullies in my life have always silenced me, but that ends today!


I was at an autograph signing event today at Wrestlecon and while I was walking to my table, I hear someone yelling “you’re a man,” “you’re a dude,” “you’re a piece of trash,” “You are filth,” “get the f*ck away from here!” I kept my head down and kept walking as I did not want to acknowledge that hate. When I arrived at my table, I spoke to another IMPACT Wrestling talent who was at the signing with me and mentioned the incident. It didn’t sit well with me and I wanted to know who was saying that because it’s unacceptable, so I decided to take a walk in that area and I hear that same person saying the same derogatory comments. I looked at the person, and it was Rick Steiner saying those statements. I was shocked and could not believe that this was even happening. To have someone saying those comments who a lot of people look up to and consider their hero was quite shocking and disheartening. I was in disbelief so I asked him, “excuse me?!” He kept repeating those hateful phrases and started yelling at me in a public setting. It was inexcusable and unacceptable!

Another disappointing part about this whole incident was that there were other wrestling legends who just sat there, turned their heads away, did not want to get involved, or stand up for what’s right because it involved “one of the boys.” Judging from that experience, it was more important for them to watch something wrong go down as supposed to standing up for someone who’s being bullied and doing what’s right.

I am not writing this because I want sympathy. I am writing this because I am done being bullied to silence. Today is International Transgender Day of Visibility and I am standing up for myself and for other people who go through the exact same situation on a daily basis. I want everyone to know what kind of a deplorable person Rick Steiner is and that this cannot be tolerated. This keeps happening because people let it slide and do not take any action. If you do business with these type of people then I will not to do business with you.

I want to thank all my IMPACT peers who were present during the incident and tried to diffuse the situation. Unfortunately a member of that same peer group was also verbally accosted by Rick Steiner being called a “f*gg*t” earlier in the day. I am very fortunate to be working alongside such incredible people in a company that has no room for hate, bullying or judgment. We’re not just co-workers, but a family.

This is a very troubling story to hear about Rick Steiner. As of this writing, Steiner has not commented on these allegations.

Rick Steiner was actually at the WWE Hall of Fame last night. He was shown in the crowd with his brother Scott Steiner. The WWE Hall of Famers could be in Los Angeles to see Bron Breakker’s match against Carmelo Hayes at NXT Stand & Deliver as well.

What’s your take on this situation with Rick Steiner? Should any action be taken at all? Sound off in the comments section to let us know how you feel!

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