For those interested Bruce Mitchell wrote the above article about the situation. The piece is solid. I think it was necessary given the sort of buzz for answers and the increasing circulation of rumors that were unsubstantiated. It sheds some light on the case and more or less confirms at least a vague version of the story that was getting traction. It also positions the issues in a broader context, which I think was helpful. That said, it is rightfully being criticized for making Stutts a peripheral character of sorts. It reads very much like Stutts' version of what happened. Themes such as "Stutts being Stutts" and him being blinded by the money and women sort of place responsibility in the same room with Stutts, but not necessarily with Stutts.
I have no personal horse in this race. I don't know anyone involved and I don't know any details for myself, so maybe that is as accurate as it gets with regard to this situation. I really don't know. To be honestly, I hope it is and I hope he can turn things around for his family and be a better person.
I will say this. I take my wife to CWF shows. She isn't a huge wrestling fan but she goes because I love it and she likes going with me. She has always felt safe, but I won't (and we wont) be a part of any Stutts second chance tours in the future if that comes to pass. I believe in second chances on the whole, but I also think wrestling on the whole has to do much better and companies have to commit themselves to being better long term, to making decisions for the betterment of wrestling as a whole over buddies and/or short term profit. It isn't just about Stutts, of course. Its about the bigger picture. There is too much wrestling out there for me to put my time, energy, and money into a company that I know would knowingly make any decisions that would compromise fan safety or their experience. I know there are a lot of companies that do worse and I don't know the full story, but I know enough to be happy that CWF did the right thing here. I really hope that they (and other companies involved in this and similar issues around the globe) continue to do the right thing to make sure all fans feel safe and welcome.