Ashley Massaro

The Boston Globe is featuring an article noting that former WWE star Ashley Massaro has joined a lawsuit against the WWE (made on November 9) joining 52 other former talents alleging that the company concealed the dangers of repetitive head injuries.

Massaro’s involvement with the lawsuit against WWE is even more interesting as she claims she was sexually assaulted at a U.S. military base during a trip to Kuwait in 2006 representing WWE to visit with American troops.

Massaro was examined by a WWE physician upon her return from Kuwait and alleges the doctor reported the incident to WWE executives who met with her to “apologize for their negligence, but (they) persuaded her that it would be best not to report it to appropriate authorities.” She also alleges she has suffered several concussions, including one that left her unconscious for five minutes in the ring and claims no care was provided afterwards in that she was told to “shake it off.” Massaro, 37, claims she has undergone “debilitating behavioral changes” since leaving WWE including developing a drug addiction that WWE offered to help treat back in 2010. She alleges she suffers from depression, anxiety, memory loss and migraine headaches – all of which are associated with CTE.

11 COMMENTS

  1. Sometimes it’s just a money thing. Also a lot of times the company you work for will try to downplay what you went through or manipulate you into feeling like you are doing something wrong if bring charges against them. I have no idea which side of the coin applies to her particular situation or if its a combination of both.

  2. If you don’t want a chance of a concussion, then don’t go into wrestling. Seems like for her, it was more of a stepping stone to Playboy. As for the harrassment, if it’s true, good luck proving it so many years later.

  3. Sometimes, it’s also a lack of funds to wage a lawsuit. That’s why we see these class-action-style mass suits; the lawyers take less money from the individuals, as well as some of the potential settlement/reward, so the cost of waging the long, drawn-out court case against the army of lawyers from WWE is lessened.

  4. I can only sincerely hope that nobody within WWE seriously would’ve told Massaro to not report a sexual assault, especially to cover for a member of the Armed Forces. Speaking frankly, any member of our Armed Forces that would do such a thing is a disgrace to the uniform and deserves to spend their life in USDB at Fort Leavenworth.

  5. Had she appeared in Playboy multiple times over the years, I might be inclined to agree, but to my knowledge, she only appeared while in WWE. And while we might know from historical evidence that concussions are an unfortunate part of pro wrestling, someone coming into the business before acceptance and acknowledgement of these facts might not know, and would not have been informed that they were entering a hazardous working environment. This is why you see signs telling you to wear head protection on construction sites, and things of that nature.

  6. Ashley posed for Playboy is 2005 as part of WWE. She had appeared in Playboy twice before her stint in WWE, once in 2003 and once in 2004.

  7. I didn’t really care for her wrestling, or for her playboy appearance(s). But, the concussion thing has so much grey area. She may get a small settlement, but the story is incomplete. Is she still a drug addict?Is it a painkiller addiction? If so, she may not get anything.

  8. It doesn’t specify if she was assaulted by another WWE wrestler/personnel or a member of the armed forces. If it was a soldier, why would they tell her not to report being assaulted by someone outside the company? What does WWE have to gain by that? Shame on them either way.
    And “shake it off”? At least they offered CM Punk a Z-Pak. WWE & TNA both have some shady sh*t going on behind the scenes.

  9. I was at that base, Camp Buehring (formerly Camp Udairi), and met Ashley Massaro, Maria Kanellis, Ron Simmons, and Jimmy Hart. It was July 2006 and they did a meet and greet with a photo op. Camp Buehring at that time was a glorified tent city in the desert, very few truly permanent structures. Hell, the latrines and showers were trailers. The sidewalks were pre-fab slabs that could be placed and moved as needed. My point is that privacy was really hard to come by. Consentual sexual activity was near impossible, and the few incidents of sexual assaults (none reported during the 2-3 weeks my unit was there, until now anyway…) became known because the perpetrators were caught in the act. I’m not trying to cast doubt on Ashley’s claims. I know that the military was very conscious about ensuring women’s safety on expeditionary bases at that time. Female service members had to travel in groups of two or more. Military escorts are always assigned to visiting VIPs. Of course, the definition of sexual assault has evolved over the last ten years (a good thing, to be sure!). Suffice it to say, I’m interested to hear more about this.

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