Umaga is no longer with us and as a member of the Anoa’i Family of pro wrestling, he was instrumental in helping get The Usos into their first pro wrestling situation where he encouraged them to be Superstars instead of working a regular 9 to 5. He is greatly missed by fans, family, and friends and many amazing stories have been shared about his personality and love for the pro wrestling business. But Shelly Martinez doesn’t remember Umaga too fondly at all.
Shelly Martinez, who was known as Ariel in WWE, has opened up about an attempted rape that took place during her time in the company.
It all started when Pro Wrestling Sheet’s Ryan Satin mentioned a story Vince Russo brought up on his podcast on Friday . Russo claimed that during his time in WWE, a female wrestler (who he did not name) told him that she got raped by another wrestler on the roster.
Martinez was recently a guest on Vince Russo’s podcast where she came forward with a story about how she nearly raped by Umaga while they were on an overseas tour.
Martinez also went on Women’s Wrestling Weekly where she expanded on the story surrounding her alleged near sexual assault with Umaga. It’s also important to note that Umaga isn’t around anymore to defend himself.
“I almost got raped when I was with WWE; we were overseas and there was a guy that I was a guy and he wasn’t my boyfriend but I’m the kind of person who when I’m just dating somebody I only date one person at a time to see if I like them or whatever. I’m like a stage 4 clinger.”
“So what happened is that they separated us and since I was in ECW what would happen is half of us would go with Raw and half of us to go with SmackDown. So when they separated us there was a group of guys who said ‘Our goal is to see who the first one to get you now that they separated you.”
“I was like, ‘Dude it’s not even going to happen,” and he was like, ‘He’s not even your boyfriend, who cares?’ I was like I don’t care I like him. So it became some sick game and the next thing I know it was after a show and we were partying or whatever and the only reason why I don’t say the names right now or haven’t yet publically is because there is a lot that I don’t remember and I don’t want to be saying stuff that I don’t remember.”
“But I will say this and I’ve never said this before but there was a group of guys and one of them was Umaga and when they saw he was getting the most aggressive with me — they left and he got on top of me and I just prayed. One of my fears is being raped because when I was a little girl I had some sexual abuse stuff so it’s just something that I feared.”
“So I prayed because he’s a big guy. And I’m like, ‘Please don’t let this happen, please don’t let this happen.’ And it was one of those things where God gave me strength and I pushed him off of me and he fell to the floor and he got pissed and like left the room.”
“The next thing I can remember is being at a show the next night and venting to my girlfriend Melina about it — not telling anyone else and one of the guys yelled down, ‘Hey Melina, did you smarten her up yet?’ I was like, ‘smarten me up to what? To keep my mouth shut?!’ So I went right up to his face and I said I didn’t tell anyone except for her and I can’t remember everything else I said when I got in his face.”
“A lot of this I didn’t remember until a couple years ago and I was totally suppressing it.”
This is a very sad story, especially considering the fact that it was very much implied that there is a culture of covering up this kind of thing, or at least there was this kind of idea backstage.