Ex-WWE Star Melina Discloses Death Threat Ordeal from Fans

Exploring the hidden struggles in the world of wrestling.

by Atia Mukhtar
Ex-WWE Star Melina Discloses Death Threat Ordeal from Fans
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In the high-stakes world of professional wrestling, dealing with fervent fans can sometimes escalate to alarming extremes, and former WWE Women's Champion Melina has regrettably experienced this dark side of fame. Recently, she candidly shared her encounters with death threats during a candid discussion on "Wrestling Shoot Interviewers." Melina, a prominent figure in the wrestling arena, recounted the particularly turbulent period that unfolded during her intermittent relationship with John Hennigan, popularly known as Johnny TV in the AEW circuit.

She disclosed, "I think the only times things have gotten crazy is when I dated John. I got a lot of death threats all the time. People wanted to kill me, and I was like, 'Oh my gosh. What if this is how I die? Just because I'm dating you? Dude.'

And he's like, 'Nothing's going to happen to you.' And I'm like, 'I don't know, a lot of these people are really serious. Oh my goodness, this is insane.' " But death threats were not the only alarming incidents Melina had to endure.

She shared that there were instances when unsettling items were mailed to her and her family, compelling her to take preventive measures on her social media platforms, especially in managing her direct messages to sidestep any bizarre or threatening interactions.

Melina's Positive Reflections

Despite these disturbing experiences, Melina emphasized her gratitude for the positivity that also comes her way, expressing that the majority of her fans are "sweet," "nice," and "cool." Her experiences echo a broader issue in women’s wrestling, as former Ring of Honor star Allison Danger has also shed light on the death threats she and her contemporaries faced during the early days of women’s wrestling in ROH.

This unfortunate trend of wrestlers receiving death threats is not exclusive to women or to Melina; it’s an industry-wide issue that has also affected male wrestlers and promoters alike, including figures like Baron Corbin and AEW’s Tony Khan.

As this topic continues to gain attention, it underscores the need for heightened awareness and stricter preventive measures to ensure the safety and well-being of those in the professional wrestling world.