Two NXT UK wrestlers have been released by WWE following allegations that were made during the #SpeakingOut movement.
WWE hasn't publicly announced either of the releases, but Ligero and Banks have both been removed from the roster section of WWE.com.
Ligero -- who has since deleted his Twitter account -- posted a series of tweets last week responding to allegations made against him:
The current story that has been released by Violet O’Hara/Claire-Michelle Oldfield is neither accurate nor true. This is a completely false allegation and whilst I’ve done other things in my life that I deeply regret, this isn’t an accurate or truthful portrayal of events. This is something I strongly deny and is something I’ve been in the process of speaking to a legal team about.
Regarding the other statements from people like Laura, Natalie who have spoken out about the way they were made to feel, and others that have come forward about unwanted messages, I have no excuse. It’s inappropriate, it’s an embarrassment and it’s an absolute shameful way to act from someone in a position of trust. I sincerely apologise for my actions and any hurt I’ve caused. I have no justification of my actions in the slightest. In these situations, I have failed people as a friend, as a fiancée and as a decent human being.
After Millie McKenzie accused Banks -- who is 13 years older than her -- of being in a mentally and emotionally abusive relationship with her when she was a 17-year-old trainee, Banks issued a statement last weekend:
I'd like to issue a statement regarding Millie McKenzie's comments:
Millie was a trainee of mine at Fight Club: Pro. She was also a close personal friend. We would be at shows together, attend the same social events, travel together and hang out at the wrestlers house where I was living. It was through this friendship a consensual relationship was formed.
The relationship broke down between both parties and it ended. After it ended we agreed to talk it out. We apologized to eachother for any individual actions behind the relationship breakdown. After seeing these comments, I can only repeat my apology. I am truly sorry for any pain caused by the relationship.
McKenzie then responded to Banks' statement:
How dare you Travis. I never had anything to apologise for. You manipulated your position of power over me. At 17 years of age, I had no idea what a relationship actually entailed. The mental and emotional hurt you put me through is INEXCUSABLE and I am not the only one of your trainees that you’ve done this to. You are a liar, a manipulative person with no conscious and you always believe your in the right. You are NOT RIGHT. I am not scared of you anymore, you hold no power over me...to all the people that messaged saying they wish they could have done more at the time. PLEASE help me now to create a safe working environment for me again and others. Don’t protect him this time just becuase he’s your friend.
Ligero and Banks are the second and third wrestlers to be released by WWE due to accusations made against them during the #SpeakingOut movement. Jack Gallagher was also released by WWE last week.