ECCW was rocked this week with sexual harassment allegations against co-owner Jeff Duncan who was removed on Wednesday.

ECCW was rocked this week with sexual harassment allegations against co-owner Jeff Duncan who was removed on Wednesday.

B.C. independent wrestling promotion co-owner removed after sexual harassment allegations surface

ECCW co-owner Jeff Duncan removed from ownership duties after several allegations are posted online

Due to some communicated confusion over similar names, it should be clear that Jeff Duncan, identified as “Jeff Duncan Ingenuity Live” on a Google search is not in any way related to the Jeff Duncan referred to in this story.

B.C.’s longest running independent wrestling promotion has forced out one of its owners after a number of sexual harassment and bullying allegations surfaced last week.

Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling (ECCW), which is based in Surrey, announced on June 24 that co-owner Jeff Duncan – aka “The Natural” – has been “removed” from the organization.

Many of the allegations came as a result of the #SpeakingOut movement on Twitter, which has seen accusations against a number of professional wrestlers exposed online.

Following the allegations, ECCW issued a note on Twitter stating that they support the women coming forward, and that they were made aware of allegations about members of ECCW. The note explained that those members have been “removed,” and that the organization will have no further comment. Black Press Media spoke to a current owner, who declined to comment further.

ECCW representatives did not name which members have been expelled or what the specific allegations were. The tweet was criticized by many online for its lack of transparency.

Duncan was eventually identified as one of those removed, but he denied the allegations on the website Post Wrestling. He did confirm he is no longer involved with ECCW, which was founded in 1996. He wrote that he understood that the decision was made in the best interests of the company. He also deleted his Twitter account prior to the news. Duncan has never faced criminal charges for any of the allegations and does not have a criminal record.

On Friday, Duncan released a statement to Post Wrestling explaining that he supports the #SpeakingOut movement and apologized to those he may have hurt.

Following ECCW’s statement online, most of its wrestlers and many of its other employees announced they will no longer be associated with the promotion.

Ben Lypka

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