Joe Exotic Zoo’s suspected ROH wrestlers were spies for Carole Baskin


Matt Taven says he and fellow Ring of Honor wrestlers Jay Lethal and Dalton Castle suspected they were spies while visiting Joe Exotic’s Oklahoma Zoo.

Exotic, who stars in the blockbuster Netflix documentary series “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness”, apparently believed the group was working for their arch enemy, Carole Baskin of Big Cat Rescue.

“Me, Jay Lethal, Dalton Castle went to the Joe Exotic zoo. Yes, we did, “Taven said in an interview with Brian Rowitz of ESPN West Palm. “We had a show in Texas, then the next day, we are in Oklahoma City. On this road, you only see billboards saying “240 exotic tigers”, then all of a sudden you see a billboard with Joe Exotic on it and you say to yourself: “I’m sold, I need to see what it is. “

“So we went and we had no idea at the time, and I found out after listening to a podcast before” Tiger King “, but they got really weird when Jay Lethal told them he was from Tampa when they asked where we were Because it ends up being where Big Cat Rescue and Carole Baskin come from. So they thought we were some kind of spy instead of a few random guys entering like no other family in this tiger zoo. So they thought we were some kind of animal activist or spy. I think after seeing our reactions to, like, “Woah woah, we’re just here to see tigers”, they realized that we had no other intention than that. “

Exotic is serving a 22-year sentence after being convicted in January of two counts of murder on charges against Baskin, among others.


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