Enzo Amore was released from his WWE contract this past January due to an accusation made by a woman that he had raped her. Following his release, there were additional reports that part of the reason for the release was because he did not make WWE officials aware of the investigation. Following the release, Enzo posted a tweet from his lawyer saying that he was innocent. Enzo has not tweeted anything since then until today.
Today, Enzo (real name Eric Arndt) tweeted out a statement from his attorney Tom Cargill that said that the charges against Enzo have been dropped due to insufficient evidence.
— Enzo Amore (@real1) May 16, 2018
Here’s the full statement because it’s tough to read it in the tweet:
On January 22, 2018, Eric Arndt (also known as Enzo Amore for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)) was accused, via the internet and social media, of misconduct during an alleged incident in Phoenix, Arizona, several months earlier. Prior to that date, no law enforcement or any other ofﬁcials had contacted Mr. Arndt regarding such claims. However, after the careless, unfounded tirade on social media, Mr. Arndt learned of these accusations when his counsel reached out to Phoenix Police. Subsequently, and as evidenced by the vast amount of online admissions and other publicly available information, it was soon clear that the accuser exhibited a complete lack of truth or credibility. At all times, Mr. Arndt fully and unequivocally denied such accusations and remained conﬁdent in clearing his name.
The Phoenix Police Department recently informed Mr. Arndt and his counsel that there is insufficient evidence in this matter to warrant any criminal charges, that the matter will not be transferred to the County Attorney for prosecution, and that their investigation and case is closed. No charges were ever ﬁled. The matter is closed.
Mr. Arndt expresses his gratitude for the enormous amount of support from his fans and followers during this time period. The support has carried him through these events and opened his eyes to the faith and loyalty of those who have cheered and followed his career. This experience has further taught Mr. Arndt to be cautious with his personal associations, because false, defamatory, and unfounded accusations can alter and impact the lives and careers of the falsely accused and their families. Mr. Arndt is working diligently toward his next venture in the entertainment industry and looks forward to reconnecting with his fans in a big way in the very near future.
It’s not known if Enzo will wrestle again because he has kept a low profile for the last four months, which is understandable. However, the end of that statements suggests he’ll be doing something to get back in the public eye again.
TJR Thoughts: When the accusation happened, a lot of people were upset that WWE fired him so quickly without knowing if he was guilty of what the accuser claimed. They could have just suspended him and let the process run its course. However, they chose to fire him because he didn’t tell him that he was being investigated. There were also numerous reports of Enzo behaving in an unprofessional way with his peers leading to him changing outside of the regular men’s dressing room at the arenas, so perhaps WWE management felt that it was better off without him.
It’s not known what Enzo might do next, whether that means wrestling in the indies or doing something else entirely. For now, he is a free man that was not charged for anything. Good luck to him in his future.