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ROH launches investigation into reported Bully Ray fan incident

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This story was updated at 8:45 PM Eastern.

First reported by POST Wrestling's John Pollock, Ring of Honor is launching an internal investigation after a fan incident at Sunday's 'State of The Art' in Portland, OR.

Josh Ketch, a fan who attended the show, tweeted several times Sunday night that after he heckled Velvet Sky and Mandy Leon early in the night, security took him backstage and left him with Bully Ray (real name Mark LoMonaco).

According to Ketch, LoMonaco intimidated him, told him he was done talking to the women, and needed to treat them with respect. He then told Ketch to "go be a fan" at which time security brought him back to his seat.

Ketch said that Leon both facepalmed and spat at him and that Sky (real name Jamie Lynn Szantyr) got into it with him as well, spraying perfume in his mouth at one point.

Ketch never admitted to using obscenity or foul language, but said that after Szantyr called him a virgin, he reminded her "she has sex with that fat turd Bully Ray" and said he called them "the tramp stamp trio."

ROH GM Greg Gilleland issued the following statement to POST:

"ROH has always taken a fan-first approach with fan experience being at the forefront of all of our live events. We consider this to be very serious and we will be conducting an internal review over the next 48 hours to determine the appropriate actions."

LoMonaco addressed the situation on Twitter late Monday afternoon, releasing a statement where he said he never intimidated "the fan" and said that he handled it "the exact opposite way most would assume, with decorum." He said the conversation lasted 30 seconds and that he gave Ketch a "friendly pat on the back", and told him to enjoy the show and be a fan.

LoMonaco also said that other fans who attended the Portland and Kent, WA, shows confirmed Ketch crossed the line with both male and female talents. He said that he's guilty of defending three women who needed defending, not by being a bully but by being a man.

Szantyr quote tweeted a fan ("This.") who said Ketch isn't the victim and has been been a problem at other shows in the Pacific Northwest. She has been retweeting other fans coming to the wrestlers' defense.

Leon has yet to tweet about the incident.