Former WWE Diva, Ashley Massaro, took to Twitter yesterday stating she was taken off this Thursday's BLOW event in New Jersey. BLOW is a brand new all-women's promotion, owned and operated by the same people behind Pro Wrestling Syndicate.
Massaro said it was unprofessional of PWS to leave her on the promotional flyer for the event "until a week before". She also encouraged fans to reach out to PWS and demand a refund if they purchased due to her promoted appearance.
I reached out to both parties via Twitter and text message for statements. I have yet to receive word from Massaro or anyone related, but Eric Tapout (co-owner) sent the following statement on behalf of PWS/BLOW:
"Ashley Massaro was booked on PWS' 9/14 event. Her booking entailed valeting The Big O, doing a 50/50 gimmick split for 2 hours before show, and during intermission. Ashley was paid full upon arrival.
Her boyfriend instructed the person operating the autograph table that Ashley was to receive the first $500 collected, in addition to the flat fee she received. This was not per her agreement.
Ashley refused to sign any extra photos. She did valet The Big O, then skipped out before intermission without notifying anyone at PWS."
Massaro said in her explanation on Twitter that she wasn't feeling very well, but still stayed for both of her signings with The Big O before leaving. She also stated that she could not find the promoters anywhere to inform them she was leaving.
Tapout continues: "Several days later, at 3am legit, Ashley's boyfriend (Nick, who is also her manager) texted me saying we 'needed to talk'. Reason he gave was, 'It was unfair that dude at the door collected $20 admission and Ashley didn't get a cut because she's the crowd getter'.
I responded with, 'You do understand there were a dozen ex-WWE names on the show, Mr. Belding, and a ton of smart mark wrestlers, right?'
Her boyfriend responded with, 'Nah, they come to see Ash'.
After a discussion with my partner, Pat Buck, the decision was reached to remove Ashley from our 10/11 Bombshell Ladies of Wrestling (BLOW) event. Ashley has since picked up a booking at NYC Comic Con, so honestly, it was a win-win for both of us.
I was appalled that she was ranting on Twitter about the situation without being honest."
WrestleZone.com's Bill Pritchard was in attendance and thinks it was shortly after the second match (the match she accompanied Big O to the ring), no longer, that Massaro was around before leaving, but her departure time is unconfirmed.
In the purely speculative column, the word going around the locker room is that Massaro might have been nervous and left early due to Reby Sky (Matt Hardy's girlfriend) being there. Some are claiming Massaro might have been worried Sky would approach her regarding things Ashley said about her in the past. That clearly hasn't been confirmed by Massaro, and Reby Sky has not commented on the situation either.
Eric Tapout did add that any fan wanting a refund because Ashley Massaro will not be on the card can make a request through www.prowrestlingsyndicate.com, and they'll be happy to return your money.
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