In 2011 I wrote a piece about the verbal and emotional abuse I went through at the hands of the Knight Family after I left WAW in 2005. The UK Fan Forum had a field day with me back then. Now there's a big thread about #SpeakingOut. Here's my reply.
You know, I wasn't going to say anything here, but screw it, I've got nothing to lose.
A few years ago I wrote about the verbal and emotional abuse I had recieved from the Knight family and their associates after I left WAW, about all of the lies and the rumours that were floating around about me back then. Nobody believed a word I said. Nobody in the business, none of the so-called friends I'd made supported me when I left and when I wrote that piece. All I got was even more abuse.
This forum had a field day, poking fun at me, insulting me even further and heaping more misery on me. It even got to the point where a Facebook page was set advocating violence against me, a page that was liked by several people connected to the Knight family.
If truth be known I could have written about a hell of a lot more, but I didn't. I really didn't want the hassle, because I knew that if I mentioned any of it the Knight family would just deny it and go on about the support they gave me when I was working through my mental health problems, and that some of the people on this forum would insult and ridicule me even more.
Despite all of this I used to give the Knight family credit for what they did for me, that was until one of their number (I won't say who) posted on Facebook that I had faked my mental health problems all of those years ago. They then accused me of something else I won't go into here. Needless to say that what they said about my illness was a complete load of rubbish, and I could easily back this up by getting copies of my medical records from 2001 to 2005. (Don't go looking for that post. It was made during a conversation on another wrestler's Facebook account, and I asked him to delete the post because of what had been said about me.)
If truth be known I only put the WAW-related material back on my blog because I knew that with the release of their film I could get a few more hits and perhaps show a few people just what I'd done for their company. I guess the thing I really wanted was for the Knight family to acknowledge what I'd done for their company, which is something they've refused to do. Indeed, if you look at the history page of the WAW website you'll see that there's nothing listed from 2002 until 2005.
When I saw Charlie Morgan's post this morning, and I saw what others had posted and who had liked those posts I finally felt, after all these years, that a burden had been lifted from my shoulders. I know that what I went through is nothing compared to what others have gone through at the hands of the Knight family, but what these women have done, and what others have done with the emergence of the #SpeakingOut movement is incredibly brave and courageous. They all have my respect and admiration, and I applaud them for their efforts.
To one of the forum members who apologised for the things they said about me in that thread a few years back, thank you for your courage and honesty. But to those who ridiculed, insulted and laughed at me for what I said, shame on you UK Fan Forum, shame on you.