AEW and Impact Wrestling star Karl Anderson got himself into hot water on Twitter Thursday night after he bashed the WWE for a bizarre reason.
Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful reported in a tweet that the WWE sent a message to all of their wrestlers Thursday, saying they would provide counseling services to anyone “in need of help.” The memo came after former wrestler Daffney Unger was pronounced dead, just a day after posting a troubling Instagram Live where she talked about her mental health struggles.
In response to the counseling services report, Anderson wrote in a since-deleted tweet, “They suck bro.”
In a follow-up tweet, Anderson added, “Not deleted DONT care. They suck. See ya.”
He then faced a sharp backlash from WWE fans and others who slammed his dismissive response. In a variety of tweets, he referred to those critics as “marks,” and challenged some fans to see him and “talk in person.” Anderson also said “marks” are the reason he denies fans autographs and photo opportunities.
He went on to take another jab at the WWE’s NXT brand over the short-lived Wednesday Night Wars with AEW Dynamite.
“What happened to The Wednesday wars. F–k they gave up quick,” he tweeted, adding in a separate tweet, “NXT was putting out s–t product constantly, this is on them and Hunter. (Triple H)”
The WWE released its own statement after Unger’s passing. In a tweet, accompanied by a news article, the organization wrote, “WWE is saddened to learn that Shannon “Daffney” Spruill passed away at the age of 46. WWE extends its condolences to Spruill’s family, friends and fans.”
Anderson signed with WWE in April 2016, and was released in April 2020 as part of COVID-19 budget cuts. He went on to sign a two-year contract with Impact in July 2020, and still works with AEW.
Unger’s death, which was first reported by SHIMMER women’s professional wrestling, followed a series of Instagram videos on Wednesday night, in which the 46-year-old appeared distressed and emotional. Concerned fans and fellow wrestlers, including WWE legend Mick Foley, took to social media to try and track down Unger.
In the since-expired videos, Unger, through tears, said, “Do you guys not understand that I’m all alone?” and “Remember, my brain goes to Boston.”
While the wrestling community shared public messages of support, Gwinnett County Police in Georgia began searching for Unger.
Sapp tweeted Wednesday, “Her family have been reached, and have her current address. She’d moved in the past couple of weeks. Police have been dispatched.”
Unger made her debut with WCW in 1999 before winning the Cruiserweight title in 2000. She later performed for Total Nonstop Action.
If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts or are experiencing a mental health crisis, call the 24/7 National Suicide Prevention hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or go to SuicidePreventionLifeline.org.
Author : Jenna Lemoncelli