WWE Is ‘Looking Into’ Candy Cartwright’s Assault Accusation, but Not Pulling Matt Riddle From ‘SmackDown’ Debut (Exclusive)

WWE "investigates" Candy Cartwright's allegation that Matt Riddle had suffocated her in a car and forced her to have oral sex in 2018. A person familiar with the pro wrestling company's booking plans told TheWrap that WWE Riddle is not deducting his "Friday" Night SmackDown ”debut tonight at Fox.
Today's "SmackDown" and Riddle's debut was pre-recorded, a second person with knowledge of the plan told us.
"We take every allegation of this kind very seriously and investigate the matter," WWE said in a statement to TheWrap.
Hours later, the company sent us the following: “Individuals are responsible for their personal actions. WWE does not tolerate issues such as domestic violence, child abuse, and sexual assault. If arrested for such misconduct, a WWE talent is immediately suspended. After a conviction for such misconduct, a WWE talent is immediately terminated. However, WWE's ability to punish, suspend, or terminate a WWE Talent will not be limited or compromised in any way if WWE is provided with irrefutable evidence of such unlawful misconduct. "
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Later, Riddle's lawyer sent us the following statement:
"The accusations by this independent actress are completely false, and another attempt to harass and humiliate Mr. and Mrs. Riddle and try to tarnish their reputation in the community."
"We have been aware for two years that this performer is persecuting the Riddle family."
"In 2019, our company pleaded against this artist to file a cyberstalking injunction at Circuit Court in Orange County, Florida."
TheWrap emailed Cartwright, but we received no response. We also contacted Fox Sports for a comment on the decision to air Riddle's debut tonight, although we didn't get an answer right away.
After joining the SmackDown brand, Riddle is now a member of the WWE main list. The former mixed martial artist, who calls himself the "King of Bros", had developed well in the NXT series. Riddle has made headlines in wrestling blogs for arguing off the mat with legendary professional wrestling Bill Goldberg, known in WCW and WWE as “Goldberg”.
Cartwright has been wrestling in shine wrestling since 2016. She is currently Evolve Wrestling's social media ambassador.
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"I post this because I've been so sad for so long," Cartwright wrote on Friday morning. "I didn't know that what he did to me was wrong. Now when I read the stories of these other brave women, I realize that I can no longer be afraid and that I have to #speakout."
“In May 2018, I was out with Matt Riddle and some other wrestlers. While driving the van when the three other wrestlers fell asleep, Matt asked me to jump on his tail, she continued. "When I refused (even though we were together before, I felt incredibly uncomfortable in this situation). When I said no, he grabbed my throat, choked me, and said, 'What if I just made you do it? 'In the end, I gave him oral sex (pray that someone would not wake up) to stop having sex with him. It was incredibly humiliating. "
Cartwright closed her thread: "It is never okay to lay hands on a woman, nor is it okay not to listen when she says no."
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Cartwright's tweets are listed below.
I post this because I've been so sad for so long. I didn't know what he did to me was wrong. Now when I read the stories of these other brave women, I realize that I can no longer be afraid and have to #speakout
- Candy Cartwright (@CandyCartwright), June 19, 2020
In May 2018 I was out with Matt Riddle and some other wrestlers. While driving the van when the other three wrestlers fell asleep, Matt asked me to "hop on his tail". When I refused (although we were together before, it was me
- Candy Cartwright (@CandyCartwright), June 19, 2020
It's never okay to take a woman in your hand. It's also not okay not to listen when she says no.
- Candy Cartwright (@CandyCartwright), June 19, 2020
The professional wrestling world was rocked on Thursday and Friday when (mostly) women published their stories of misconduct and abuse in business with the hashtag #SpeakingOut.
"SmackDown" will be broadcast on Friday nights from 8 p.m. until 10 p.m. on Fox.
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