Earlier today, the WWE announced that they have released Enzo Amore from his contract - following allegations that he raped a woman in Phoenix back in October. The Cruiserweight Champion's firing came a day after the WWE suspended him indefinitely.
At first, many speculated that WWE's firing of Amore was a sign that he will be charged with the crime. However, David Bixenspan of Deadspin reported that nothing has changed in the Phoenix Police Department's investigation:
Per the Phoenix Police Department, there has been no change in the status of the Eric “Enzo Amore” Arndt case since yesterday. This plus WWE pivoting from suspension to firing suggests that not telling WWE he was being investigated was indeed the catalyst for the firing.— David Bixenspan (@davidbix) January 23, 2018
Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful.com also reported that Enzo didn't let the WWE know about the allegations beforehand:
I was told this morning that Enzo Amore was aware of the allegations and didn't clue WWE in.— Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful.com (@SeanRossSapp) January 23, 2018
I want to specify. This does not mean he "was trying to hide it." It doesn't mean that he "wasn't trying to hide it." Do not twist my words. WWE weren't aware until yesterday— Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful.com (@SeanRossSapp) January 23, 2018
WWE's policy on such criminal offences outlines as follows:
"WWE has zero tolerance for matters involving domestic violence, child abuse and sexual assault. Upon arrest for such misconduct, a WWE talent will be immediately suspended. Upon conviction for such misconduct, a WWE talent will be immediately terminated."
Amore hasn't been charged with a crime yet, so it would go against company police to fire him just for being accused of misconduct. So it's easy to believe he was fired for not being up front about the allegations with the WWE.
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The accuser went on Twitter yesterday and alleges that Amore and two of his friends took her to a hotel in Phoenix on Oct. 19. She said that after rejecting Amore's advances, he proceeded to rape her. The accuser said she had to spend 45 days in a mental hospital. Amore's Instagram account confirms that he was in Phoenix on Oct. 18, then flew out to Los Angeles on the 19th.
This isn't the first time Amore has caught headlines for troubles outside of the ring. Last year, it was reported that Roman Reigns kicked Amore off a tour bus in Europe for bad-mouthing the company and bragging to a friend about how much money he makes. He was also given his own locker room after being told to stay out of the main one for fellow WWE superstars.
Amore was set to defend his Cruiserweight Championship against Cedric Alexander at the pay-per-view, but the match was scrapped before WWE announced his firing. Amore joined the promotion in 2012, debuting on the NXT brand. He has not provided any statements since the allegations were made public.