Former ECW wrestler and questionable promoter Ian Rotten (real name John Williams) assaulted a young child at a indy wrestling event recently and apparently thought it was justified.
A very angry mother posted the following on Facebook Friday:
“Since the Clarksville Police Department said they can’t help me with this, I hope the internet will. Last night, 7/24/2014, I took my kids to a local wrestling event being held at Jammers, in Clarksville, Indiana. The event was hosted by IWA, which was honestly a great show…until the end. One of the fights got in the audience, which we knew was a possibility.
My kids moved and the fight went the way they moved, they moved again. My daughter, who is 11, got scared and was coming to me. Then, John Williams…AKA Ian Rotten(not with IWA, he is with IPW someone please correct me on that if i am wrong) bumped into Arianna. He proceeded to say to her, “You f***ing pushing me?!?!?!”, and PUSHED MY DAUGHTER!
My son walks up, Ariez is 9, and this same mother f***er, bent down to get in his face and say, “You wanna hit me? Hit me then you little B***H!” And proceeded to PUSH MY 9 YEAR OLD CHILD! I tell my kids to come on, I wanted to find somebody who worked there.
A man was coming toward us and I presumed he worked there. I today find out that he is John Williams AKA Ian Rotten’s son. I try to explain I am upset that it’s not ok for a grown man to put his hands on my kids. He just kept repeating, ” She should have moved. She was told to move.” I was trying to tell him that she did move, more than once, and regardless, it gives him NO right to put his hands on my 11 year old. His son continues to chant, “She should have moved!” Then got in my face and said ” You stupid f**ing b**ch! The little b***h should have fucking moved!”
I see red at this point and honestly thought this man was gonna put his hands on me. I wish he would have, then maybe the police would do something. I told this person, ” I should call the cops!” and he said to me, “Get the f*** out of here you stupid wh**e!” Come to find out this person didn’t even work there! There were other people around at this point and not a single person who worked there said S**T while this person treated me like we did wrong. Interacting with the audience is ok, it can be comical. BUT, putting your hands on my kids and completely terrifying them is NOT ok! And the reaction, or lack there of, that I got was beyond ridiculous. I guess the match just “Got out of hand.”
Now as if what went down wasn’t bad enough Ian took to his Facebook page today to apologize by blaming the 9 year old child:
“I need to address the situation that occurred at EPW on Thursday. During my match Thursday night when in the ringside area, not in the crowd, I felt a forearm to my lower back with a push from behind. At this point I turned around and reacted to it, told the person not to push me and pushed the person back. Honestly and truthfully I did not realize that it was a young girl. For this, Lisa Still, I truly do apologize. Then, your little one DID hit me and I did ask him who the f*** he thought he was to hit me. When I was up in his face telling him to hit me, I would give him the first shot, that on my part was purely interaction with him and I will not apologize for doing my job. I did not touch him in any shape, form or fashion. As far as my actions with your daughter, I don’t know who’s harmless and who isn’t harmless. Trust me when I say fans of all ages can be dangerous. One time in Texas I was stabbed by a 70+ year old woman. Certainly not saying your daughter is anything like that, just saying that where I come from.
As far as my sons actions towards you, well, he’s a grown man now. He’s 18. I do apologize for his harsh words towards you. I will have a talk with him about the situation. I truly do believe this has been blown out of proportion. I certainly did not hurt the young lady in question… Which this doesn’t make it any more right, but I do wish this could have been nipped in the bud on Thursday night. Maybe all this could have been avoided if both of us had a little tighter leash on our kids. I have read that you enjoyed the show up until this incident, I apologize that we have soured your opinion and your experience with Indie Wrestling. That is the last thing I want to do to any new fan, or any fan period. One thing I find odd, is you know my real name, you know my Facebook, but you do not contact me personally to try and work this out. Then again, that’s your way of handling things in which I hope you will personally contact me in hopes that we can squash this. I think you will find that I am not the person you think I am. Once again, I do apologize to your daughter. Someone please tag her in this, she’s not on my friends list.”
Ian has been a sore spot on the Indy scene for a long time and has recently become a bigger and bigger sore. Wrestlers from Jeff Jarrett to indy star Ron Mathis have been reported as being paid short of what was promised, Ian’s promotion recently announced Brodus Clay, Justin Credible and more and then quietly pulled them from the show (not the poster though on his Facebook page). Justin Credible wasn’t even told he was unbooked and Rotten blamed the airlines for not having a return flight.
There is a lot of good on the Indy scene, but unfortunately there is still a lot of garbage. Support good indy wrestling, and let the shoddy ones die on the vine.