Combat Zone Wrestling recently came under fire for allowing their footage to be marketed with titles that resemble soft-core porn videos and the wrestlers featured in the matches aren’t buying the promoter’s excuse either.
LuFisto recently called out CZW for the way they sold off footage to an unnamed distributor who is marketing their ladies’ wrestling events with titles like “Top Heavy & Tough” and “All Assets Revealed.” Since then a number of the ladies that were on the shows in question or have worked for the promotion in the past have taken CZW and owner DJ Hyde to task for selling them out.
CZW issued the following statement last night, essentially telling the public the same thing LuFisto was told about how the distributor can repackage the footage however they please since they own the rights.
“Two years ago, CZW entered into a licensing agreement with a national media distributor to license CZW and WSU footage,” the promotion wrote on Twitter. “That company has the right to utilize the footage without limitation. They have repackaged and renamed shows as it is their right to do so. Our athletes, regardless of gender, are just that, athletes, whom we are proud of and appreciate. We stand behind the ring action in all our footage.”
As seen in the comments below, many people are still unhappy that CZW refuses to take responsibility for their actions and some of the girls are speaking with lawyers. Kimber Lee and Chrissy Rivera also point out that some of these ladies didn’t sign anything for their likenesses to be used like this, and some even bring up allegations and first-hand accounts about the unprofessional behavior of Hyde.
Washing your hands from everything! Not your fault! Of course! As long as you got your money from Stonecutter Media, nothing else matters. You don't give a shit about ANYONE who ever performed for you. Proof, right here!! https://t.co/FBcEsomDP5
— LuFisto (@LuFisto) May 19, 2020
Last time i checked none of the women signed over their likeness being used https://t.co/avfcRdYuQo
— Chrissy (@_hellochrissy) May 19, 2020
And I’m certain I NEVER signed an agreement giving you the right to sell my intellectual property…. nor did ANY of the women you’re blatantly disrespecting. Or how you told us all you wouldn’t book us if you wouldn’t f**k us. It’s about time the harassment gets exposed. 🤬🤬 https://t.co/vU8OOtavzf
— Kimber Lee ⓥ (@Kimber_Lee90) May 19, 2020
It didn’t stop with the women, however, as many of the male wrestlers that have worked for CZW in the past called them out for unprofessional behavior as well.
“I can fuck any girl I want in the locker room. And most of them want to have sex with me anyways”
— Tony Deppen (@Tony_Deppen) May 19, 2020
THEY DID THAT TO ME LAST YEAR MANIA WEEKEND, LUCKILY THE KIND FOLKS AT THE @4MonsterFactory GAVE ME A SPOT THAT DAY
— WARHORSE (@JPWARHORSE) May 19, 2020
The only good things that came from me being around CZW/WSU for years was the friends I made, the good people I met and re-connected with, and getting to see my husband in Tournament of Death.
The rest of it was pure trash.
— Terra Calaway (@TerraCalaway) May 19, 2020