Leading independent group Game Changer Wrestling was showered in controversy on Wednesday, as promoter Brett Lauderdale was accused of ordering fake COVID-19 test results in order to keep his business going at the height of the pandemic.
The allegations came from FIST Wrestling's Mikey Gordon, who also goes by 'Dirty' Ron McDonald. Twitter user @DoxxxyStocksy compiled posts made by Gordon in a Facebook group including a handful of purported direct message screenshots in which Lauderdale is portrayed to be seeking COVID tests for specific names:-
Dirty Ron McDonald saying Brett Lauderdale hired him to make fake covid tests kicks so much ass pic.twitter.com/Bl0FyIbCUNAdvertisement— doxxy (@DoxxxyStocksy) May 25, 2022
Beyond these accusations, Gordon took aim at GCW for how much it pays its talent, then used Mike Gevorgian and Atticus Cogar's disappearance from the company as part of his argument.
Lauderdale issued the following statement to Fightful's Sean Ross Sapp:-
Comment from GCW owner Brett Lauderdale on the fake COVID test accusations: "I've referred this matter to my lawyer and as much as I'd like to comment, I've been advised not to."— Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful.com (@SeanRossSapp) May 25, 2022
We always had groups like this on social media apps, many wrestlers have been told to sit out before…May 25, 2022
Janela, Oliver, and Deppen all came armed with screenshots that appear to show evidence of GCW's testing processes. They are far from the only people to speak out on the matter, either.
That Lauderdale and GCW's lawyers are now involved suggests this situation is far from over.