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Former NXT Star accuses Bill DeMott of abuse

Post by Fernando on Tue 03 Mar 2015, 10:25 pm

Memo To: Canyon Ceman, Dorothy Brill, Jane Geddes
Memo From​Austin Matelson
Subject: ​Coach Demott
I am composing this memo today because I have had a number of serious concerns about the actions and words of head coach Bill Demott during my employment as talent for WWE developmental. Many of these actions I have tried to ignore or hope that they would cease but because they have now put me in a dangerous situation not only for my career but for my personal health and safety I feel the need to speak out to someone of a higher authority. In this memo I will provide details on a series of incidents which underlie my concerns.
I would like to request that this remain in strict confidence as I am afraid that if Coach Demott were to know I spoke out he would find ways to punish me for it. In fact the entire process of writing a letter to human resources has been called a “faggots” way of dealing with problems by Coach Demott.
Physical Injury Due to Imprudent Coaching: The action that has led me to finally speak out happened Thursday February, 28th following our house show. I had taken an awkward hit to my knee in a match and was being examined by Brian Duncan. This hit aggravated a previous injury, one that should never have happened, that I had sustained during a practice drill orchestrated by Coach Demott after practice had already been completed. An MRI revealed a partial tear of my PCL and a strain on a ligament in the back of my knee. I have been told that I can work through it but it may aggravate here and there. This injury can be enduring as many of the superstars on the main roster wrestle their whole careers with it.
I should never have had any issues with this knee but on that particular practice day, after a 3 hour morning session had ‘ended’ at 11 AM, Demott put 280lbs Gary Jackson back in the ring at 11:30 and forced 8 of us to give him 10 takedowns each. After Gary had bumped 60 times in a matter of minutes, I entered the ring and was asked to give him 10 fireman takedowns. On the first one he collapsed from exhaustion while on my back, driving my knees into the mat where I sustained this injury.
The hit I took aggravated it and Coach Demott pulled trainer Brian Duncan and I into the training room and said without any knowledge of my actual injury, “This injury can’t keep flaring up. It doesn’t look good perception wise to us (the office) or for your career going forward.” This injury was treated after the match and I was cleared by Duncan at the time.
Based on Coach Demott’s statement I feel that I am in a position where I have to cover up any injuries I may have otherwise I will be punished or fired. The following week I was in severe discomfort but fearing repercussions I attempted to work through it. Coach Demott has not only instilled this fear in me but I have spoken to several other members of the roster who have been made to feel by Coach Demott that their current injuries are signs of weakness as men, and could potentially lead Coach Demott to advocate for their firing.
On two separate occasions Coach Demott forced me to perform dangerous moves without properly warming up. One incident followed my first evaluation where Canyon Ceman asked me to start working on my parkour and gymnastics moves. It was 7:30 am before practice and he saw me standing in the ring with Enzo Amore and said, “Do a takedown let go of him and do a back flip then go back to him.” The idea made no sense, I was not properly warmed up, and I nearly landed on my head on one attempt. Thesecond incident was before a live event he wanted Oliver Gray to test out his finisher on someone so he grabbed me and forced me to take a high bump on my neck without warming up. I had missed a week of practice because of a neck strain prior to this and Coach Demott was well aware of that.
I have also watched and participated in drills that were hazardous to our safety. He has made us do squats on the top rope including some students who had never been up that high in their careers. He made the beginners group perform monkey flips without a crash pad and the first six who participated landed on their heads and necks and were lucky not to have been seriously injured. The aforementioned drill in which Gary Jackson injured my knee also saw Memo Montenegro injury his neck and shoulder. He was on his 40th bump in 5 minutes and got dizzy before his 7th consecutive hip toss and landed on his head.
Unprofessional Work Environment: The issue of physical well-being is not my only concern. I am an educated individual who worked at Cal State Northridge with Professors and students. I know how one is suppose to conduct one's self in a professional sense. I also understand that this is a unique business and the lines on proper behavior may be a bit blurred. Yet there is no question that Coach Demott, on a daily basis,not only makes unprofessional choices in words and actions, choices that go against many policies of this company, but choices that have created a culture of fear and negativity in this system. Showing up each day for training is mentally agonizing because of the comments we are all forced to hear. He routinely makes fun of anyone sitting out because of injury and also makes rude comments about people’s names and personal lives and has established a hostile work environment through verbal assaults. To wit:
• Demott constantly refers to Oliver Gray as Joel Pedophile which personally enrages me because I used to help a Psychology Professor in Los Angeles do lectures for sexually abused children. • When Dante Dash referred to his finishing move as the Davey boy, as it was utilized by the late Davey Smith who died tragically, Coach Demott makes the following comment, “The Davey Boy? What turning blue and dropping dead on the lawn?” • Coach Demott told student Enzo Amore that he hopes he dies. • Demott also told our entire morning class and Ricky Steamboat's class to kill themselves just days after we tolled the ring bell 10 times for the late Mike Graham a former star FCW wrestler, who committed suicide. • Coach Demott routinely bullies Enzo verbally as well as physically. I have seen Enzo on several occasions be slapped in the face by Bill. During one practice he decided to show Enzo how doing a slam wrong could hurt someone, so he picked Enzo up and dropped him without warning directly on his head and neck. He then decided that each time a student slammed his 100lbs heavy bag with bad form that student had to slam one of his peers the same way. Demott found this drill amusing yet each student was put at serious injury risk. • Demott has grabbed an injured David Harwood by his neck pulled him to the office door and verbally chastised him for standing by the ring during practice when he wasn't cleared, even though he was simply listening to a lecture by Ricky Steamboat. • Demott has kicked Memo Montenegro in the groin and laughed as he crumbled into a heap. Memo being a Mexican immigrant to the United States has a heavy accent, which Coach Demott constantly criticizes and makes fun of. • He routinely will attempt to bust students lip on the bottom rope when they stand to close to the ring. On several occasions he has punished students for mistakes in practice by making them bend forward putting their face near the ropes so that Coach Demott can bounce the rope off the bridge of their nose. • He routinely calls Gary Jackson a fat tub of goo, tells Osmund Cherry who is of African descent, to go back to Africa and most recently has made derogatory remarks about sexual preferences to Brandon Traven. • Coach Demott insinuated that Traven is gay and used the derogatory term "half a sissy" to make fun of him simply because he sat out practice and has had several injuries in the last couple months. This is not the first time he targeted Brandon either. In December I witnessed Coach Demott question Traven about a head injury in the trainer’s room. After Traven explained that a blow to the head in practice had made him dizzy Demott slapped him in the head and left the room. • I witnessed a similar incident a few months ago when Alexander Russev was recovering from neck surgery. Coach Demott saw Russev wearing a NY Jets shirt at practice and not liking that sports team proceeded to physically grab Russev by the collar and rip the shirt off him. Russev was not cleared for any contact at that point and clearly showed physical pain after the incident. Following this incident a group of students were discussing how this sort of thing happened before with an injured Briley Pierce. Briley had a broken leg and Coach Demott kicked him in his medical boot. This happened before I was under contract but it nonetheless seems to fit a pattern of negligent and abusive behavior that I have observed with Coach Demott and is worth investigating further. • According to Oliver Gray, he was once told that if he sat out practice to rest a very bad low back injury that CoachDemott would pull him from the NXT tapings and from attending the Royal Rumble, even though the trainer had requested that Oliver sit out just one practice.
I have been in this system under Coach Demott for 8 months now and was recently told that I am not improving at a rate that is acceptable. I have made concerted efforts in the past to practice more often and work on the parkour moves requested by Canyon Ceman. However Bill has routinely kicked me out of the building after practice including a day when WWE superstar Alex Riley asked me to work on some parkour moves with him. This along with his constant interrupting of practices just to put people down and make negative comments has all but killed any motivation I have to spend extra time around him.
It should be stated that I am not a vindictive person. I am open-minded and do not have a problem with off-color jokes or difficult practice drills. I was signed to this company after Steve Regal told me he saw tremendous improvement in my ring work between tryouts. I told Mr. Regal that I could only imagine how good I could become working 24/7 for this company. I have always been intrinsically motivated and will practice something until I perfect it. Yet I personally feel that coach Demott creates an environment that hinders my opportunities to improve. Coach Demott restricts our practices, instead opting for dangerous and unproductive drills, while constantly verbally assaulting our appearances, personalities, sexual preferences, injuries, and character it seems impossible for me to maximize my time in the ring. In fact even as recently as training on March 4th, guest trainer Lance Storm went out of his way to demonstrate moves to me that Coach Demott had kicked me out of the building for not doing correctly. When I asked him how to do them Coach Demott said, "That was Poopie Judas, get out of the building."
Is this the type of work environment that the WWE desires? When can we set up a time to discuss this matter?
In closing I would be remiss if I did not clarify to you that this is solely a problem with Bill Demott and not a problem with the fine coaching staff that has been assembled around him. For example, Ricky Steamboat has been a terrific help to me and always provides me with positive reinforcement and quality examples to learn from. Terry Taylor has gone out of his way to pull me aside and give me helpful advice. Billy Gunn has been an amazingly refreshing force bringing knowledge and enthusiasm that has been extremely beneficial to the system. The changes that have recently occurred in the WWE have been excellent and I am excited for the future plans of WWE Developmental. It is because of these positive attributes that I am expressing my concerns to you. I want to be a part of a solution to the problems that I have listed, one that will lead to future success for the developmental system.

Earlier today, WWE responded to PWInsider.com:

“WWE took the accusations made two years ago by Austin Matelson very seriously, conducted a full investigation and was unable to validate the claims. Regardless, WWE continues to reinforce policies and procedures to ensure a positive training environment.”

Ryan Nemeth @HotYoungBriley

This is sad but (extremely) true.
Please share if you don't want your heroes abused & mistreated.
(In 2 years I have still not been questioned once about my part in that poor guy's letter. That is the opposite of a "full investigation.")

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Re: Former NXT Star accuses Bill DeMott of abuse

Post by GSC on Tue 03 Mar 2015, 10:30 pm

Sounds like old school meets new school.
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Re: Former NXT Star accuses Bill DeMott of abuse

Post by Derbymanc on Tue 03 Mar 2015, 10:44 pm

http://www.lordsofpain.net/news/wwe/WWE_Issues_Statement_on_Former_Developmental_Talent_Making_Accusations_Against_Bill_DeMott.html

Marc Middleton wrote:- As noted last night, former WWE developmental talent Austin Matelson (Judas Devlin) made some serious allegations against WWE NXT trainer Bill DeMott.

PWInsider confirms that DeMott is working at the Performance Center today. WWE issued the following statement to them:

“WWE took the accusations made two years ago by Austin Matelson very seriously, conducted a full investigation and was unable to validate the claims. Regardless, WWE continues to reinforce policies and procedures to ensure a positive training environment.”
Read more at http://www.lordsofpain.net/news/wwe/WWE_Issues_Statement_on_Former_Developmental_Talent_Making_Accusations_Against_Bill_DeMott.html#Y5SaOlIfAJbAwBP4.99

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Post by Crimey on Tue 03 Mar 2015, 11:43 pm

By almost all accounts Bill DeMott is a bad trainer and a worse human being, but at the same time NXT is obviously very successful at the moment and so it would be hard to look at it from a results point of view and say that he should be fired or moved from his position.

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Post by Dolphin Ziggler on Tue 03 Mar 2015, 11:45 pm

It seems that Bill DeMott is basically a Kumquat

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Post by Samo on Wed 04 Mar 2015, 2:09 pm

I know from personal experience that DeMott is a Tinkywinky.

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Post by NickisBHAFC on Wed 04 Mar 2015, 2:23 pm

Tbf Bill Demot is really harsh on the PS4 game WWE 2K15

Maybe this is some sort of NXT storyline?

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Re: Former NXT Star accuses Bill DeMott of abuse

Post by Kay Fabe on Fri 06 Mar 2015, 3:19 am

Is Ryan Nemeth not Dolph Zigglers brother? Why is his name attached to the bottom of this? Did he retweet it?

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Post by Nakatomi Plaza on Fri 06 Mar 2015, 5:24 am

Ryan Nemeth is Ziggler's brother. He was formerly contracted to the WWE as Briley Pierce, and appeared on NXT TV as a backstage interviewer. I think he did retweet, as he has first hand experience of DeMott's practices.

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Post by Fernando on Fri 06 Mar 2015, 10:02 am

Kay Fabe wrote:Is Ryan Nemeth not Dolph Zigglers brother? Why is his name attached to the bottom of this? Did he retweet it?

He's tweet on it was at the bottom of the article. Even Bob Holly has called it wrong (You know your a dick when that happens Laugh )

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Post by Fernando on Fri 06 Mar 2015, 9:01 pm

Bill DeMott has stepped down as Trainer.

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Post by Nakatomi Plaza on Fri 06 Mar 2015, 9:21 pm

The right decision. The amount of former WWE employees who were prepared to speak out against him made his position untenable.

The WWE come out of this poorly, as it seems their investigation didn't try hard enough to establish the facts.

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Post by Dolphin Ziggler on Fri 06 Mar 2015, 9:50 pm

Good news really. Especially as everyone was having a pop, except Jericho of course

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Post by Nakatomi Plaza on Sat 07 Mar 2015, 6:29 am

Matt Bloom aka Jason Alberts/Sweet T/Tensai/Lord Tensai/The hip-hop hippo/A-Train/Albert/Prince Albert - Has been named as DeMott's interim successor.

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Post by Guest on Sat 07 Mar 2015, 11:23 am

Must have been hard for poor William, knowing that everyone he'd be training would go on to have a better career than he ever did.

The bloke sounds like a proper pr!ck by all accounts. Good riddance.

Shame he didn't get stiffed on the way out.

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Post by NickisBHAFC on Sat 07 Mar 2015, 1:23 pm

Isn't a train a fat jobber? That isn't good training

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Post by Samo on Sat 07 Mar 2015, 1:27 pm

NickisBHAFC wrote:Isn't a train a fat jobber? That isn't good training

Dont think thats very fair. He did some great work in Japan, especially against Kurt Angle. There are worse choices than Bloom.

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Post by Hero on Sat 07 Mar 2015, 1:38 pm

I don't get this whole belief by a number of fans that if a trainer wasn't at the very top when they were a wrestler that doesn't make them a top trainer.
Take football, was Mourinho or Ferguson a world beater at football themselves? No, recognising and instructing others is a completely different talent set to applying it yourself.
A jobber can also be the best guy to train others, they know what makes a match, how to sell and how to make the other guy look a million bucks.

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Post by Guest on Sat 07 Mar 2015, 1:50 pm

I agree, my pop at Demott was just that - a pop. A guy's career CV should have no overall bearing.

What do they teach anyway, bumps and fitness? Not exactly rocket science.




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Post by Fernando on Sat 07 Mar 2015, 2:36 pm

From what's been said Joey Mercury is one of the best wrestling brains they have in WWE, Apparently he was the mind behind alot of The Shield's match planning them out Ok!

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Post by Kay Fabe on Sun 08 Mar 2015, 1:30 pm

Sounds like DeMott has that old school mentality were only the toughest stick it out, WWE being a progressive company and a PLC obviously need to have different styles to those of the past but everyone giving this guy pelters will probably lap up the Wrestlclecrap they're told at the Hall of Fame when some indictee will talk about how brutal it was trying to get in the business when they were starting out.

I'm not defending the guy but I'm not gonna hang him either, I don't agree with bullying at all but if you're brought up to believe in doing things a certain way then its no surprise if you end up doing things that way, sacking the guy doesn't solve the problem, its a mindset, Stu Hart is lauded in the Wrestling world for all he did when training guys but by all accounts he used to brutalise people in the dungeon for fun, if they want to solve this problem they'll need to address the age old mindset that almost everyone inside the business endorses.

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Post by Shot 21 LCFC on Mon 09 Mar 2015, 12:52 pm

Hero wrote:I don't get this whole belief by a number of fans that if a trainer wasn't at the very top when they were a wrestler that doesn't make them a top trainer.
Take football, was Mourinho or Ferguson a world beater at football themselves? No, recognising and instructing others is a completely different talent set to applying it yourself.
A jobber can also be the best guy to train others, they know what makes a match, how to sell and how to make the other guy look a million bucks.

Nail. Head. Hit.

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Re: Former NXT Star accuses Bill DeMott of abuse

Post by Adam D on Fri 13 Mar 2015, 8:33 am

I was unsure of how to feel about all of this until I saw this:

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Vince Russo        ✔ @THEVinceRusso
@BillDeMott I will never forget how hard you worked for me. Will always be your biggest fan. Head up, bro. Much to be proud of.

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Bill DeMott        ✔ @BillDeMott
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@THEVinceRusso thanks V, hope all is well
9:28 PM - 12 Mar 2015
If Russo is sticking up for you, you must be a bell end!

But then I saw this:

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james lehr @james_lehr
@BillDeMott not sure if u are aware of this,just found out that Colt Cabana is speaking out against u now...

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Bill DeMott        ✔ @BillDeMott
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@james_lehr I'm not surprised

So Colt Cabana is siding against DeMott. Torn emotions now. Maybe I am judging Bill too harshly!


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