Independent wrestling star David Starr recently appeared on the WINCLY podcast to talk about his problems with the WWE’s relationship with Saudia Arabia, and how Ring of Honor made him pull a promo due to his bashing of Sinclair Broadcasting prior to a matchup with then champion Jay Lethal. He also states that he’ll most likely never appear in either company due to his own morals. That and more can be found below.
How he defines himself:
There are so many different directions I could go. Could I go with the standard millennial that hates myself or the standard pro wrestler that loves myself. I’m just a guy who loves pro wrestling. I’m very political; I wear my emotions on my sleeve and I wear my politics on my sleeve. I guess the best way to describe myself – and this is such a disingenuous thing to say – but I feel like I’m a genuine person. I say what I think and believe and I allow people to judge me for it.
ROH telling him to pull a promo he cut on Sinclair Broadcasting before a matchup with Jay Lethal:
They didn’t communicate with me. I was booked through an indie promotion and first I was supposed to wrestle Ilja Dragonov, but he wasn’t able to do it because WWE doesn’t allow anyone with an Israeli stamp on their passport to really be on their roster because Saudi Arabia doesn’t like that.
Then they said they could get Lethal and they got him by going through ROH because he has an exclusive contract with them. Then ROH decided they were going to put the world title on the line and I was like, ‘Okay. This is a big opportunity for me to speak about these issues that I think are important.’ They didn’t like me doing that and had me pull the promo. They insinuated that they would pull Jay Lethal from the show if the promo wasn’t pulled.
On ROH lying to him:
My main issue after that was that ROH decided to take the title off Jay before the match happened and they went on their website, had not spoken to me, and attributed a quote from me which is ridiculous. Then after saying on their website that the title would be defended whether Jay was champion or not, then they decided to change the title and not get their champion on the show. So they lied. They lied to the Israeli fans that are there and they lied to the world.
Anyone who has some sort of a connection to Sinclair Broadcasting is morally reprehensible
The door closing on working for WWE or ROH:
Yeah, absolutely I do. I’ve heard from some people that things have been said directly and I know that. I’m not afraid and don’t have much to lose. I’m very fortunate that I have been saving money my whole life and I do have a supportive family if need be. I’m fortunate to have systems in place where I know that I’m gonna be okay no matter what.
And I’m fairly certain that the WWE door is closed and I’m not concerned about that because if I was there, I would have to sit down and shut up and just take the money. I don’t think I could actually do that as I would feel like I’m betraying myself,” revealed Starr who added that he’s taking on the tact of speaking loudly from the outside and not the inside of a promotion like WWE.
We have to keep speaking truth to power. That’s such a cliché at this point but it’s the truth. We have to come together and acknowledge these shortcomings from these major corporate entities and show where they are anti-labor. Someone has become a billionaire [Vince McMahon] off the backs of laborers who are currently broken and have no financial recourse and that’s egregious
On WWE taking money from Saudi Arabia:
It’s a mask. They don’t care about the women’s rights issues. Stephanie said that philanthropy is gonna be the No. 1 business motivator or something like that. They are using that to try and say they’re not so bad. But they take money from an oppressive regime that executes homosexuals or anyone that’s not heterosexual.
You can listen to the full interview below. (H/T and transcribed by Wrestling Inc.)
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