• On This Day In Pro Wrestling History (June 22, 2009) – Old School Wrestling Legend Passed Away
On this day in 2009, we lost Old School Wrestling Legend Billy Red Lyons (Real name: William Snip) at the age of 77 due to cancer.
Canadian Wrestling Legend Billy Red Lyons wrestled for various territories during the 50s, 60s, 70s and early 80s.
In 1984, 1985 & 1986, Lyons was the announcer, interviewer & ring announcer for the World Wrestling Federation on their weekly TV show ‘WWF Maple Leaf Wrestling’.
His famous catchphrase was “Don’tcha dare miss it!”.
† REST IN PEACE BILLY RED LYONS
May 17, 1932 – June 22, 2009
• Paige’s Mother Accused Of Forcefully Kissing A 10 Year Old
The #SpeakingOut movement has encouraged some males to come forward to share their stories of being sexually harassed as well. A man named Richard Whiting has accused Saraya Knight (mother of WWE star Paige) of forcefully kissing him when he was about 10 years old.
Below is what he wrote:
“First and foremost, I want to offer my full support to all the girls and guys that have spoken out over the last few days, you are all incredibly brave and have served as inspiration to share what I am about to share about Sweet Saraya of the Knight family.
I’ve been reluctant to share because I do not feel traumatised by the incident and have never regarded it as sexual abuse, in fact I’ve joked about it on occasion. There’s also a toxic macho aspect to this whereby as a bloke the overriding things stopping me share this is embarrassment as opposed to fear.
So when I was 10 or 11 (so this would be 2000/2001) I attended a Premier Promotions show with my best friend in Burgess Hill, West Sussex. On the card was Sweet Saraya. After the show I waited around like a dork with my pal and went to get autographs at the stage door. Out comes Saraya, she signs my book and I start giggling with my friend. She then lurches forward and starts french kissing me with her tongue down my throat. It was disgusting, confusing and embarrassing.
Approximately 20 years on and I look back with total confusion. Why would someone do this? This was not an action that was a product of its time. It was around the time of Sarah Payne and Ian Huntley. Behaviour like this was as frowned upon then as it is today.
Now I’m not going to lie, I’ve joked about this. I’ve never considered myself a victim either because I’m in denial or something else. What’s heightened things is I’ve been at many milestones for Paige’s career including her debut in New Orleans and at an event in Brighton where she embraced her entire family who were in front row. There’s been occasions where I’ve spoken to members of her family in person but I’ve never been brave enough to raise it (probably for fear of coming across a creep).
I’ve never wanted to be one of those guys that pushes cancel culture, but I see the stories today and I’m appalled and have to go public. This behaviour is disgusting and I’m joining the chorus.”
— Richard Whiting (@therichwhiting) June 22, 2020