Just 24 hours after announcing they had suspended Cruiserweight champion Enzo Amore pending a sexual assault investigation in Phoenix, the WWE revealed they had “come to terms on the release” of the controversial performer.
While the WWE had Daniel Bryan announce what would happen to the now-vacant Cruiserweight championship on SmackDown Live on Tuesday night (a new general manager of 205 Live will decide the contenders next week), the newly unemployed Enzo Amore (real name Eric Arndt) released a statement of his own addressing the very serious allegations being levied against him.
— #nZo (FKA Enzo Amore) (@real1) January 24, 2018
In a very straight forward Twitter post featuring the letterhead of Amore’s legal representation, the 31-year-old vehemently denied the accusations made earlier this week.
“Over the last two days, Philomena Sheahan has made multiple public accusations against Eric Arndt (also known as Enzo Amore with the WWE), including allegations of sexual misconduct concerning an October 2017 incident in Phoenix. Mr. Arndt fully and unequivocally denies those accusations. He is cooperating with the authorities in this manner and looks forward to having it resolved in a timely manner. Neither Mr. Arndt nor his counsel will be making any further public comments on this matter.”
Amore debuted in the WWE in 2012 and quickly became a popular character in NXT with his tag team partner Big Cass. They made the move to the main roster shortly after, where the decision was made to split the team up. Amore has been involved with numerous backstage controversies, including being “kicked out” of the locker room by veteran talent. His move to 205 Live was seen by many as a demotion or punishment, even though he was chosen to be the Crusierweight champion on the show.