Update: WWE Statement on Tammy Sytch
As part of the Former Talent Rehabilitation Program, WWE has sent Ms. Sytch to rehabilitation numerous times, with all costs covered by WWE. Unfortunately, Ms. Sytch has continued to make poor personal choices and is ultimately responsible for the consequences of these decisions. WWE has always provided rehabilitation at a certified treatment center; however, given Ms. Sytch’s inability to change her lifestyle and successfully complete treatment, WWE will no longer fund her rehabilitation.
Former WWE star Tammy “Sunny” Sytch is alleging that her plush WWE-sponsored rehab treatment was only done to make Linda McMahon look good in her failed Senate bid last year, but once the race was over, she was transferred to rehab in less-than-stellar conditions.
She also claims that when she asked why WWE was handling this differently than the rehab for Scott Hall, she was told, “You’re not Scott Hall.”
In a new video interview with Sean Oliver of Breaking Kayfabe (and previewed by CagesideSeats.com), the troubled WWE Hall of Famer says that WWE moved her into a cheaper facility in an effort to slash costs. The first treatment center, she claims in the interview, cost WWE $1,000 per day, but the one she was put in after the election was about 90 percent cheaper, according to CagesideSeats.com.
Sytch—often credited as the original WWE Diva during her first three years with the company—has been arrested six times in the past year on charges of disorderly conduct, burglary and protective order violation involving a boyfriend.
Five of those arrests came while Linda McMahon was in the midst of a Republican bid for a Connecticut Senate seat.
The sixth arrest came last month, one day before the Royal Rumble pay-per-view.
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Rumors of drug abuse have followed Sytch throughout her career, according to her Wikipedia page.
She was let go from WWE in 1998 over backstage problems with another female wrestler and an alleged addiction to painkillers.
A brief WCW stint in 2000 ended when she was released over resurfaced drug-abuse rumors.
Sytch says in the interview that WWE helped get her released from jail and into the first treatment center last October. Shortly after McMahon lost the election, Sytch says she was transferred from the posh facility into the cheaper center.
CagesideSeats.com describes what Sytch says she endured next:
Sytch then recounted horror stories of being made to wash dishes non-stop for 17 hours a day for a whole week and having a glass thrown at her face by another patient. When she complained to someone at WWE about the appalling conditions, hoping to be put into a better establishment, and specifically brought up how they had spent well over six figures on Scott Hall to go to rehab 12 times, apparently she was told over the phone “Well, you're not Scott Hall.”
In its synopsis of the 90-minute video, CagesideSeats.com questions the authenticity of Sytch’s claims, noting how she has admitted to lying about some aspects of her troubles to make them sound more interesting.
According to promotional material on the Breaking Kayfabe website for the Sytch interview, Sytch acknowledges her past embellishments. But it adds that in this “sober and reflective interview," the interviewer challenges her “to cut the B.S. and try and really fix the deep issues she undoubtedly has.”
Copies of the interview are being sold online by Kayfabe Commentaries.
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