Former WWE star Santino Marella announced that Marty Scurll has been booked for Marella’s upcoming Battle Arts PRO event on August 13th. Marella’s tweet with a video of Scurll ended up being “ratioed” with more quote retweets than likes. Fans criticized the decision to book Scurll due to Scurll being one of several names called out during the #SpeakingOut movement in the summer of 2020.
Save the date, August 13, 22, Marty Scurll in a way you’ve never seen him before! @BattleArts_PRO #DonKolovArena #Mississauga #Toronto #ProWrestler’s #BJJ #MMA #Boxing #CombatSports pic.twitter.com/QJJvHEEVvM
— Santino Marella (@milanmiracle) July 11, 2022
Scurll issued a statement in 2020 regarding the situation…
“I am aware that a young woman has bravely come forward with her account of sexual abuse by some members of the wrestling community in the UK 5 years ago, a community I was a part of.
Although I truly believe that our encounter that evening was consensual, and the fact that the encounter was legal; is almost not the point. I understand that she now views our encounter as part of a bigger problem within the wrestling community.
What concerns me at this moment is that from what I have been reading, she is a fan of wrestling and was made to feel unsafe within that community. This is not acceptable. I also understand that people have been attacking her on social media, and I implore you to please stop. She has a right to her voice and it is our responsibility to listen.”
Marella addressed the criticism of Scurll being booked by writing, “Everybody deserves a chance to redeem themselves.”
Everybody deserves a chance to redeem themselves.
— Santino Marella (@milanmiracle) July 14, 2022