WWE respond to claims by ex-star that he was abused by coach

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Not a week goes by without something bizarre happening in WWE. Usually it's slightly funny, but there is certainly nothing funny about the latest controversy to break out in WWE.

Today it was revealed that former NXT star Austin Matelson (aka Judas Devlin) sent a revealing letter to the WWE's Talent Relations back in 2013, a letter which has only gone public today.

In the letter, Matelson alleges that WWE head coach Bill DeMott abused him in several different ways during his time with the coach.

“I would like to request that this remain in strict confidence as I am afraid that if Coach Demott were to know I spoke out he would find ways to punish me for it. In fact the entire process of writing a letter to human resources has been called a “faggots” way of dealing with problems by Coach Demott," WrestleZone reported today.

“…after a 3 hour morning session had ‘ended’ at 11 AM, Demott put 280lbs Gary Jackson back in the ring at 11:30 and forced 8 of us to give him 10 takedowns each. After Gary had bumped 60 times in a matter of minutes, I entered the ring and was asked to give him 10 fireman takedowns. On the first one he collapsed from exhaustion while on my back, driving my knees into the mat where I sustained this injury."

This is just a small excerpt from what Devlin wrote in his letter to WWE's Talent Relations, with the whole of the letter available to see on THIS LINK.

Safe to say, WWE were extremely concerned about his comments back in 2013, and the fact that the story was published online for the first time today caused the wrestling company to again rebuff Devlin's comments.

“WWE took the accusations made two years ago by Austin Matelson very seriously, conducted a full investigation and was unable to validate the claims," NoDQ reported. "Regardless, WWE continues to reinforce policies and procedures to ensure a positive training environment.”

Absent superstar Chris Jericho also came out and defended Bill DeMott against the claim with the tweet below earlier on today.

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