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WWE releases Travis Banks, El Ligero following allegations


WWE has released two wrestlers after recent accusations of sexual misconduct, sources with knowledge of the situation confirmed to ESPN on Friday.

Travis Banks and El Ligero have been removed from WWE’s NXT United Kingdom brand, sources said. Both were recently accused of inappropriate sexual conduct as people in professional wrestling used social media and the hashtag #SpeakingOut to make their allegations.

Several pro wrestlers from multiple promotions have been disciplined or cut over the past 10 days. WWE released wrestler Jack Gallagher, who performed on the 205 Live and NXT brands, last week following allegations of sexual assault.

Banks, whose real name is Travis Bligh, has been accused of emotional abuse during a relationship with a 17-year-old trainee. El Ligero, whose real name is Simon Musk, has been accused of sexual assault.

Both wrestlers are based in England. Banks, whose release was first reported by Post Wrestling, is a New Zealand native. El Ligero’s release was first reported by PW Insider.

Banks apologized in a statement he tweeted Saturday. El Ligero has denied the allegations of sexual assault but admitted to and apologized for inappropriate and unwanted messages sent to women. Gallagher, whose real name is Oliver Claffey, has yet to make a public statement.

Since June 17, women and men in pro wrestling have been sharing stories of alleged inappropriate behavior in the business.

On June 19, All Elite Wrestling, the second-biggest wrestling promotion in North America behind WWE, announced that wrestler Jimmy Havoc would be receiving “treatment and counseling in an effort to overcome mental health and substance abuse challenges in his life.” Havoc was accused by several women of physical and emotional abuse.

AEW also suspended Sammy Guevara on Monday after a video clip surfaced of him making a sexual assault “joke” about female WWE star Sasha Banks on a podcast four years ago.

Impact Wrestling has reportedly released Joey Ryan, Dave Crist and Michael Elgin following multiple sexual misconduct allegations shared on social media.



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