Matt Riddle Denies Sexual Assault Allegation, WWE Issues Statement

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There have been a number of sexual misconduct allegations in the pro wrestling industry over the past 24 hours as the #SpeakingOut hashtag spread. One such allegation was made by indie wrestler Candy Cartwright against Matt Riddle, a popular wrestler who is set to make his WWE main roster debut on SmackDown tonight.

Through a lawyer, Riddle denies the allegation:

WWE issued the following statement: “Individuals are responsible for their own personal actions. WWE has zero tolerance for matters involving domestic violence, child abuse and sexual assault. Upon arrest for such misconduct, a WWE talent will be immediately suspended. Upon conviction for such misconduct, a WWE talent will be immediately terminated. WWE’s ability to fine, suspend or terminate a WWE talent will not be, however, limited or compromised in any manner in the event incontrovertible evidence of such illegal misconduct is presented to WWE.”

These were the allegations from Cartwright:

A source tells Outkick that Riddle’s SmackDown debut, which was previously taped, will still air tonight.

Written by Ryan Glasspiegel

Ryan Glasspiegel grew up in Connecticut, graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in Chicago. Before OutKick, he wrote for Sports Illustrated and The Big Lead. He enjoys expensive bourbon and cheap beer.

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