Trans wrestler Gisele Shaw accuses Rick Steiner of transphobia

Professional wrestler Gisele Shaw

Impact Wrestling’s Gisele Shaw has accused WWE Wrestling Hall of Fame member Rick Steiner of verbally assaulting her with transphobic abuse.

The star, who came out as trans last summer, says veteran wrestler Steiner carried out the verbal tirade while they were both at a WrestleCon signing event on Friday (March 31).

In a lengthy Twitter post, Shaw said she’s always suffered from bullying, but after this latest incident, “that ends today.”

In the mailShe detailed the allegations against Steiner, saying he shouted, “You’re a man,” “You’re a guy,” “You’re a piece of trash,” “You’re dirt,” and “Get the hell out of there.” from here” to her.

Shaw said she was “shocked” that it was Steiner who made the comments, which he allegedly continued to do when she called him out.

“It was quite shocking and disheartening to have someone say those comments that a lot of people look up to and think of as their hero,” Shaw wrote.

She continued, “Another disappointing part of this whole thing was that there were other wrestling legends who just sat there, turned their heads away, didn’t want to get involved or stand up for what was right because it was ‘one of the guys.’ . .

“Judging from that experience, watching things go wrong was more important to her than [opposed] standing up for someone who is being bullied and doing the right thing.”

The wrestling star closed the post by saying that she didn’t go public with the incident out of “sympathy,” but because she was “done with being silenced.”

“Today is International Transgender Day of Visibility and I am standing up for myself and for other people who are going through the exact same situation every day,” she added.

Shaw also claimed that another wrestling peer was called a homophobic slur by Steiner.

The alleged incident was confirmed by professional wrestling referee Daniel Spencer. who tweeted his support for Shaw.

“My heart breaks for Gisele and ours [other] Peer. Witnessing this was shocking and disturbing.

“Respect and love is something we have at IMPACT because we are FAMILY. I’m so grateful for the support we have for each other,” Spencer wrote.

PinkNews has reached out to Rick Steiner, WrestleCon and IMPACT Wrestling for comment.

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