Steiner Brother Banned From WrestleCon Over Trans Comments

Wrestling convention WrestleCon reportedly banned retired wrestler Rick Steiner after he allegedly making comments toward a transgender wrestler.

According to The New York Post, Steiner allegedly threw insults at trans wrestler Gisele Shaw at the Los Angeles fan convention while Shaw was signing autographs.

Shaw posted a tweet detailing the incident.

Shaw said that among Steiner's chosen comments were “you’re a piece of trash,” “you are filth,” and “get the f--k away from here.”

“I was shocked and could not believe that this was even happening,” Shaw wrote. “To have someone saying those comments who a lot of people look up to and consider their hero was quite shocking and disheartening.”

Organizers told the 63-year-old he had been banned for the rest of the convention. They also released a statement in which they apologized to Shaw.

“WrestleCon regrets the events that took place at yesterday’s convention and apologizes to Gisele Shaw … We aim to promote a safe and inclusive environment for all LGBTQAI+ members of the wrestling community,” their statement said. “The issue has been addressed and we hope the remainder of the convention can be a positive experience for all.”

Steiner — whose real name is Robert Rechsteiner — was part of World Championship Wrestling alongside his brother, Scott. The two comprised a tag-team dup known as the Steiner Brothers.

According to The New York Post, Rechsteiner has served on the Cherokee County Board of Education since 2006.

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