Sunday, October 10, 2010
Some serious claims are being made towards former WWE performer Dawn Marie Damatta as she is being accused of embezzling her charitable organization, "Wrestlers Rescue."
The organization, which was founded in 2008, creates awareness and helps raise money to support the health care needs of retired professional wrestlers. However, former friends of Damatta say they are unaware of whom the organization has benefited and where the money raised has gone.
According to Wrestling Globe Newsletter editor and Sun writer Mike Aldren, Damatta has embezzled money raised by "Wrestlers Rescue" to fly herself to conventions around the United States so she can profit off of autograph signings. When questioned by Aldren, Damatta set her attorney on him, who admitted that "Wrestlers Rescue" is not a registered charity.
Aldren noted the following to author and activist Irvin Muchnick, which was posted on his blog: "Nobody seems to know where all the money has gone nor has anyone seemingly benefited from the money that Dawn has raised over the past three years. Her former friends have told me she uses the money to fly herself to conventions around the country so she can profit from autograph signings. She has agreements with several promoters where if she flies herself in she will get a free table to sell her merchandise. When I started asking reasonable questions, Dawn set her attorney on me, who admits Wrestlers Rescue is not a registered charity."
This is not the first embezzlement accusation levied towards Damatta as two months ago, a host for the online radio show Hit the Ropes claimed that she was being investigated by the FBI for stealing money from "Wrestlers Rescue." He said that she didn't refund those who paid to attend the organization's July 2010 fundraiser cruise after it was canceled in April.
The reason cited for the event's cancellation was as follows: "It has come to our attention that there is a similar cruise event being held within a month of our event. Due to the fear of not having enough participants because of this we are withdrawing our fundraiser cruise."
Last year, Damatta held a fundraiser to benefit "Dr. Death" Steve Williams, with the funds raised purportedly going towards the purchase of a hands-free medical device that would help him speak more easily after having his voice box removed during cancer surgery. The Hit the Ropes host claimed that she failed to assist Williams before his passing last December due to throat cancer.
He also claimed that she promised money to former WWF ring announcer Michael Porter, but failed to live to her word.
It's worth noting that the official website of "Wrestlers Rescue," www.wrestlersrescue.org, was suspended by its hosting provider for the past few days. It resurfaced online today.
Damatta was quoted by The New York Times for an article last week concerning Linda McMahon's political campaign, which noted her charitable organization. She recalled attending an event a few years ago where retired wrestlers were signing autographs for fans and spotted 'a legend of the sport' (The Iron Sheik) dozing off behind an autograph table before his agent pushed him into the bathroom in a wheelchair.
"I said, 'This man should be enjoying his life, he should be enjoying the fruits of his labor,' " Damatta said. "Instead, he is there signing autographs for $20."
She subsequently launched "Wrestlers Rescue," to help support the health care needs of retired professional wrestlers.
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WWE superstar Sheamus A.K.A Stephen Farrelly was was born January 28th 1978 in Clonsilla Dublin Ireland. Farrelly's inspiration into a professional wrestling career came from watching both British wrestling from ITV'S World of Sport and American wrestling from the World Wrestling Federation on Sky One. Farrelly began training in Larry Sharpe's Monster Factory wrestling school in April 2002, alongside Tank Toland, Cliff Compton and Cindy Rogers. Six weeks later he officially debuted as a fan favorite under the name Sheamus. He soon suffered a serious neck injury after botching a hip toss which sidetracked his career for two years. Farelly soon developed his wrestling character by drawing Celtic mythology. In May 2004, still using the ring name Sheamus O'Shaunessy, Farrelly returned to wrestling at the newly opened Irish Whip Wrestling he then made his debut match for the promotion at their Mount Temple show on July 9 against Mark Burns, who he easily defeated.
On November 13, 2006, O'Shaunessy appeared on the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) show Raw only to later receive a Pedigree from Triple H. This led to signing a developmental contract for WWE, at which point he relocated to the United States. On July 22, 2008 O'Shaunessy worked a dark match at a SmackDown taping, losing to R-Truth. The following year in May, O'Shaunessy began appearing at the Raw brand's house shows and on both May 8 and 9 he defeated Jamie Noble along with another dark match victory over Noble before an episode of Raw. About 2 years later on June 30, 2009 episode of ECW, Farrelly made his unannounced debut as a villain under the shortened ring name of Sheamus, quickly defeating a local competitor. Sheamus soon entered into a critically well-received rivalry with Goldust after defeating him on July 29. Soon after exchanging victories in the following weeks the two appeared on the Abraham Washington Show talk segment leading to a No Disqualification match on September 1 which was won by Sheamus.
Sheamus made his Raw debut by defeating Jamie Noble and in the following weeks he continued to attack Noble causing him to retire. Sheamus then went on to feud with John Cena. Weeks after of their feud Sheamus earned a title opportunity on December, 13th 2009 at WWE PPV TLC (Tables Ladders Chairs).The match was a Tables match who ever goes threw the table would be declared the loser. Sheamus shocked the WWE Universe by putting Cena though a table making him the first ever Irish born WWE Champion. The next night on Raw the Slammys awards was held. Sheamus won the breakout star of the year award, winning the WWE Championship in only 3 months of his WWE debut. Sheamus then moved on to a feud with Triple H (his workout partner on the road). Sheamus would attack The Game week after week, until a match at WrestleMania 26 was made, Sheamus V.S Triple H. In a great match The Game came out on top but that wasn't the end of this rivalry. At WWE PPV Extreme Rules a street fight was announced and Triple H was attacked by Sheamus before the match backstage giving The Game a slight concussion and nerve damage. Triple H was able to continue the match where Sheamus utterly destroyed him. Sheamus then hit Triple H with his finisher the Brogue Kick (Bicycle Kick).Triple H suffered multiple concussions after the match putting him out for months.
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