A six-man scramble match slotted just before the main event has become the focus of conversation about Game Changer Wrestling’s Sun., Nov. 20 Aura event in Providence, Rhode Island.
That’s because one of the wrestlers in the match, Chris Hamrick, used a slur as part of a homophobic insult directed at a fan. It seemed as if the 56 year old was going to continue in the same vein when another talent in the scramble (Steve “1 called” Manders) took the microphone from him.
Since deleted clips of the moment were shared around social media, with fans criticizing both on Hamrick and GCW’s booking of a veteran best known for his turn of the century ECW run as “Confederate Currency” in the Hot Commodity stable.
The promotion and the wrestler has issued statements of apology. GCW donated Hamrick’s pay to a local non-profit that serves LGBTQ young people, and matched it for a $500 donation to Youth Pride RI.
During tonite's event, Chris Hamrick used language in an unscripted promo that was inconsistent with our values & offensive to many in our audience. We apologize to those affected.— GameChangerWrestling (@GCWrestling_) November 20, 2022
We are donating Chris's pay, and matching it with an equal donation of our own to Youth Pride RI. pic.twitter.com/5pEFAWYRgX
Hamrick described the remarks as character work.
I want to apologize to everyone for the language I used at the GCW show tonite. For years I used this language in character and it became a habit. Regardless, there is no excuse because I know these words are offensive and I should know better. Sorry to anyone I offended #GCWAura— Chris Hamrick (@ChrisHa01796326) November 21, 2022