Gisele Shaw alleges that Rick Steiner went on a transphobic rant

Gisele Shaw, a wrestler from Impact Wrestling, alleges that Rick Steiner went on a transphobic rant

Brief

  • Gisele Shaw, a wrestler from Impact Wrestling, alleges that Rick Steiner went on a transphobic rant
  • Gisele Shaw claims WWE HOF’er Rick Steiner hurled transphobic remarks at her during an appearance … something the event organizers themselves seem to acknowledge happened.
  • The Impact Wrestling star made the accusation against the famed RS Friday, detailing what she says was an absolute tirade full of hateful language … targeting her transgender identity. Shaw is a trans woman BTW, and came out as transgender last year at Pride Toronto.
Gisele Shaw, a wrestler from Impact Wrestling, alleges that Rick Steiner went on a transphobic rant

Gisele Shaw, a wrestler from Impact Wrestling, alleges that Rick Steiner went on a transphobic rant

Gisele Shaw, a wrestler from Impact Wrestling, has come forward with serious accusations against WWE Hall of Famer Rick Steiner. She alleges that during an appearance, Steiner directed transphobic remarks towards her, targeting her transgender identity. Shaw, who came out as a trans woman at Pride Toronto last year, shared details of the incident on Friday, calling it an absolute tirade full of hateful language.

What’s even more alarming is that the event organizers seem to acknowledge that the incident did take place. This kind of behavior is unacceptable and has no place in any industry or community. It’s heartbreaking to see someone subjected to such abuse, especially in a professional setting.

Shaw’s bravery in speaking out against this kind of hate speech is commendable, and it’s important for the wrestling community and beyond to stand in solidarity with her. Transphobia is a pervasive issue in our society, and it’s time to take a firm stance against it. It’s not only the right thing to do, but it’s also necessary for creating a safe and welcoming environment for everyone.

Here’s what she had to say about the interaction, which she says happened at WrestleCon Friday … where Gisele was doing a signing. She writes, “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!”

Gisele goes on to say that, while walking to her table, she heard someone shouting, “you’re a man,” “you’re a dude,” “you’re a piece of trash,” “you are filth,” and “get the f*** away from here.” She didn’t know who it was at first, but later says she heard it again — and saw Steiner.

She says she confronted him about it on the spot — saying, “Excuse me?” — but claims he continued to tear her down in front of a lot of people … including other wrestling talent.

She says other prominent stars were around, but didn’t do anything about it. Gisele adds, “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 types of people then I will not do business with you.”

The official WrestleCon account apologized for what happened, specifically naming Shaw/the LGBT community — but not saying Rick’s name. They add, “The issue has been addressed and we hope the remainder of the convention can be a positive experience for all.”

Steiner hasn’t commented, and it’s unclear what repercussions, if any, he’ll face.

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