March 9, 2015 by Joey Keogh
Following numerous, high-profile complaints over the past few weeks on social media, head NXT trainer Bill DeMott – accused of sexual harassment, homophobic bullying, and intimidation towards developmental talent, among other things – officially resigned his post on Friday, to be immediately succeeded by Jason Albert (AKA Tensai), it was announced on Saturday.
De Mott released the following statement via social media:
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
Wrestling News subsequently confirmed that, in contrast to rumours that were swirling about in the wake of the announcement, DeMott has not been reassigned to another job role and is officially no longer employed by the WWE. The NXT wrestlers were informed via email shortly after the announcement was made.
DeMott’s resignation comes in the wake of a record number of accusations from previously-employed wrestlers, with the latest being a post on Squared Circle making allegations of sexual assault towards him. The general consensus suggests that developmental talents were warned to keep their mouths shut or risk being fired, with certain wrestlers falling foul of DeMott’s alleged power within the company and suffering the consequences for daring to speak out against him.
Those currently employed by the company, both in developmental and on the main roster, have been understandably quiet on the matter. Only Chris Jericho defended DeMott, in a since-deleted Tweet claiming whatever training methods the man inflicted on his charges were for their own good. TNA star, and former NXT trainee, Ethan Carter responded angrily to Jericho’s tweet, stating that there’s a difference between tough training and straight up abuse.
Regardless of whether or not you believe the allegations against DeMott (and it’s kind of hard not to, given the volume of complaints), his resignation is a hugely significant move – especially as the majority of commentators and fans thought he was safe. This may be a case of the company simply not being able to ignore the voices, the louder they got, or it may just be damage control, but it’s a positive either way.