Ring of Honor continues to react to a strange incident involving a fan and wrestler Bully Ray.
Over the weekend at a ROH event in in Portland, Oregon, a fan named Josh Ketch was taken backstage and verbally confronted by Bully Ray. Per Ketch it was just normal heckling of ROH talent Mandy Leon & Velvet Sky of The Allure, while Ray’s side of the story says it was more.
It didn’t help that in the wake of the incident Leon, Sky, fellow ROH talent Angelina Love took to social media with bizarre comments on the altercation.
Today (Jun. 6) ROH released an official statement on the backstage confrontation.
From Greg Gilleland, General Manager, Ring of Honor:
“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.”
At least they apologized, but best fan experience on the planet? Not sure about that one.
Thoughts on ROH’s follow-up to the incident?