Last night, Fightful was the first to report that former ROH Tag Team Champion BJ Whitmer was arrested on the evening of June 4 in Boone County, Kentucky on charges of strangulation in the first degree and burglary in the second degree. The second-degree burglary charge refers to a non-residential burglary, and the first-degree strangulation charge is when someone chokes someone else and injures them in the process. A bond amount of $25,000 was set with Whitmer bound to a grand jury before his “FINAL RELEASE” from jail on June 12.
Following his time in Ring of Honor, Whitmer was signed to All Elite Wrestling as a producer in 2019. The company’s EVPs, The Young Bucks, Kenny Omega, and Cody Rhodes, were also making the transition from ROH to AEW, at the time. Following the news of Whitmer’s release last night, AEW issued the following statement announcing his official termination from the company.
“B.J. Whitmer has been terminated following his arrest on domestic violence charges,” they began. “While talent and staff are ultimately responsible for their own personal actions, this behavior is intolerable within AEW. AEW has reached out to offer support to those impacted by his behavior.”
Haus of Wrestling will provide more information on Whitmer’s arrest as necessary.