By Jason Powell, ProWrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)
Ring of Honor general manager Greg Gilleland told PostWrestling.com that the company will conduct an internal investigation regarding an incident that took place between Bully Ray (Mark LoMonaco) and a fan named Josh Ketch at Sunday’s event in Portland, Oregon. Ketch wrote that he had verbal exchanges with Ray’s girlfriend Velvet Sky during multiple matches. He claims that she referred to him as a virgin and he replied, “I remind her she has sex with that fat turd Bully Ray.”
Ketch claims that security approached him five minutes later to discuss the incident. Ketch wondered if it was because Mandy Leon spit on him during one of the exchanges. Instead, security brought him backstage where Bully Ray eventually approached him and told him to speak to the women with respect. Ray followed up by telling him the conversation was over and told him to go be a fan.
Powell’s POV: It’s worth nothing that we haven’t heard from The Allure trio or Bully Ray yet and we only have the statement from ROH and the word of the fan. That said, if what the fan says is accurate, then ROH management needs to take action to make sure this doesn’t happen again. While it may have been considered a fair way to intimidate hecklers at one time, it’s just not something that should be done in 2019. Security has every right to remove fans from the building if they feel that fans have acted inappropriately, but they crossed the line by bringing the fan backstage for the meeting with Bully Ray. After all, what position would the company be in if the fan hadn’t backed down or if Bully Ray had lost his cool and the situation had escalated? Fortunately that didn’t happen, but ROH officials would be wise to make it clear that this approach is not acceptable.
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