Sammy Guevara has been suspended without pay until further notice by AEW over a rape comment he made about Sasha Banks in 2016 that resurfaced on social media.
AEW released the following statement on Monday regarding Sammy’s comment:
AEW insists on doing our part to create a world of understanding and respect for humankind. We therefore strongly condemn the extremely offensive and hurtful words of Sammy Guevara. As such, effective immediately, Sammy is suspended without pay until further notice. Sammy has agreed to undergo extensive sensitivity training and, upon completion, his future status within the company will be re-evaluated.
During his suspension, his salary will be donated to the Women’s Center of Jacksonville.
The audio in question comes from an appearance on The Whole F’n Show’s Raw’s 4th Hour where Guevara talked about a tryout he had taken part in at the Performance Center. In the clip, he says, “Bro, Sasha Banks. Oh my god. When I was at the WWE the other week, I wanted to just go f*ckin’ rape that woman.”
As we previously reported, Sammy has since reached out to Sasha Banks to apologize and the WWE stars they had an open discussion about his words.
Sammy Guevara has released an apology video after being suspended by AEW for resurfaced audio in which he said he wanted to “rape” Sasha Banks.
In the video released on Tuesday, Guevara attempts to explain that he’s grown in the four years since he made the comment. “It just sucks because 2016 me is not me today,” he states. “2020 me would never say those kind of hurtful things that I did in 2016. I used to think it was funny to do some kind of shock humor to pop the room I’m in.”
He goes on to talk about how traveling the world has changed him. “A lot has happened in four years of my life. I know a lot of people think four years is not that much time, but if you look at how much has happened to me in my life, from wrestling in the middle of nowhere in Texas, to wrestling all around the world, to wrestling in different countries, to wresting on TV for AEW. So much has happened to me in four years,” he contends. “One of the things that’s happened is me growing, man, as a person.”
Guevara also confirms he will be attending sensitivity training – per his AEW suspension – and going on a hiatus from social media, as well as his vlog.
AEW says his status with the company will be re-evaluated after completion of his training.
Guevara himself plans on returning to AEW, saying “when I do come back, I will be better.”
Watch the full video below.
Source: Pro Wrestling Sheet