"WWE at the time was very, very racy, so most wresting organizations followed that example, which was risque, over the top and very sexual," he said.
Scheidler said the owner of the message board site had access to all user accounts and posted content under various names.
Scheidler, now 33 and a Huntington resident, said he met Martin in 2001 at the gym and recruited him into XMCW. He said the two formed a close friendship over the years, and Martin was one of the groomsmen at his wedding.
"He's a great guy, and anything off that message board that was offensive or degrading against women, that's not him," Scheidler said.
Martin said he first heard about the more vulgar posts several weeks ago.
"I only found out about the offensive posts from an anonymous call I received six weeks ago threatening that if I did not drop out of the race, it would be used against me and given to my employer to ruin my career," he said.
Martin, who is now an attorney in Charleston, said a partner at his law firm later received a packet containing the posts. He said his co-worker was told if Martin did not drop out of the race, the Walters campaign would use the posts against him.
Walters denied that claim.
"It's not true," he said. "We've been asked about this stuff, but we have kept it to the point of as much respect as we can."
The Daily Mail received copies of the posts earlier this month. The Martin campaign was contacted last week to provide more information on the posts.
On Monday, a Martin campaign spokesman declined to cooperate any further with a story about the posts due to information they received over the weekend.
"My campaign received multiple calls on Sunday telling us that both Delegate Ron Walters and his son Chris were bragging to many at the WVU football game that this information would be coming out this week," Martin said.
Chris Walters denied that as well.
"That's simply incorrect," he said.
Walters also said it didn't matter if Martin wrote the posts in character or as himself.
"This stuff demeans women, handicapped individuals and teenagers in a way that even if he says he was just playing a role, no one should accept that role or accept that character," Walters said. "No one with any morals would take that role."
He said those seeking political office should to be held to a higher standard.
"When you put your name on the ballot for a political office, you're trying to represent a large group of individuals," Walters said. "If this is what you're saying and doing in your life, and it's this bad, people should know whether or not and be able to make their minds up if they want to be represented by someone who would say this."
Martin said the decade-old message board posts are simply a distraction from the real issues in the race. He said it was shameful they were being used in this manner.
"I had to explain to my 10-year-old son why this is happening," Martin said. "I want a campaign about issues, about jobs and about the state we all love."
Scheidler said the wrestling plot lines were put together by a group of twenty-something guys who have since matured and started families.
"Just to see Josh being attacked for something that was 10 years ago and was part of a show, that's just ridiculous," he said.
Contact writer Jared Hunt at jared.h...@dailymail.com or 304-348-5148.