Due to some communicated confusion over similar names, it should be clear that Jeff Duncan, identified as “Jeff Duncan Ingenuity Live” on a Google search is not in any way related to the Jeff Duncan referred to in this story.
B.C.’s longest running independent wrestling promotion has forced out one of its owners after a number of sexual harassment and bullying allegations surfaced last week.
Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling (ECCW), which is based in Surrey, announced on June 24 that co-owner Jeff Duncan – aka “The Natural” – has been “removed” from the organization.
Many of the allegations came as a result of the #SpeakingOut movement on Twitter, which has seen accusations against a number of professional wrestlers exposed online.
Following the allegations, ECCW issued a note on Twitter stating that they support the women coming forward, and that they were made aware of allegations about members of ECCW. The note explained that those members have been “removed,” and that the organization will have no further comment. Black Press Media spoke to a current owner, who declined to comment further.
— ECCW Pro-Wrestling (@ECCW) June 24, 2020
ECCW representatives did not name which members have been expelled or what the specific allegations were. The tweet was criticized by many online for its lack of transparency.
— drex@home⚡ (@drex) June 25, 2020
This is a whack statement that doesnt take any responsibility. To the boys that quit the company today I say congrats and remember…anyone can rent a ring and a building and run a show. Do it Yourself..Vancouver needs real wrestling pic.twitter.com/vPYvH2wgTD
— Kenneth A Lush (@Kennethalush) June 24, 2020
I feel like I’m being treated like a 3 year old in this matter. “Let the adults figure it out, and go back to playing with your toys.” Enough. I’m the kid (within the PNW fan base), that pays the adults’ bills. https://t.co/VXhA5oidL2
— AntiBeru (@RossRenaud) June 24, 2020
This is way too vague – what are the allegations and who has been removed? https://t.co/ts8rqIo74i
— John Pollock (@iamjohnpollock) June 24, 2020
"While other promotions may be naming people fired or suspended and #SpeakingOut, we here at ECCW don't want to disclose that info. We look forward to positive changes in the industry, but we don't want to really do our part. Please don't ask us anything more about our decision." https://t.co/XuJqVlnjno
— The SLAMdolorian (@TheSLAMdolorian) June 24, 2020
Duncan was eventually identified as one of those removed, but he denied the allegations on the website Post Wrestling. He did confirm he is no longer involved with ECCW, which was founded in 1996. He wrote that he understood that the decision was made in the best interests of the company. He also deleted his Twitter account prior to the news. Duncan has never faced criminal charges for any of the allegations and does not have a criminal record.
After today's news update from John Pollock was posted, our site was sent the following statement from former ECCW co-owner Jeff Duncan regarding the allegations against him.
— POST Wrestling (@POSTwrestling) June 27, 2020
Following ECCW’s statement online, most of its wrestlers and many of its other employees announced they will no longer be associated with the promotion.