This is the 14th installment of the ‘Wrestling with Sin’ series. They are a series of pieces that focuses on the darker, seedier side of professional wrestling. Some stories involve assault, rape, sex, drugs and sometimes even murder. As with all the pieces in this series…I do not condemn nor do I condone any of the alleged actions.
There is currently a warrant out for the arrest of Edward Annis aka Teddy Hart in Calgary, Alberta Canada. Teddy Hart is facing one count of sexual assault, one count of unlawful confinement and three counts of assault. He is being accused by two women of the misdeeds. No other details of the alleged incidents have been released, but his mother states he did have a relationship with both women. Teddy Hart has been no stranger to controversy and troubles in the past as they have all been well documented in this blog.
Houston…We Have A Problem
Former NWA and WWF wrestler Michael ‘Sam Houston’ Smith…son of wrestler Grizzly Smith and half brother to Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts and brother to former WWF women’s champ Rockin’ Robin has been battling drug and alcohol addiction for several years. It’s his addiction that led to the divorce with wife and wrestling valet Nickla ‘Baby Doll’ Roberts. As a matter of fact, in a 10 year span, Houston was arrested countless times for DUI. His ex wife averaged it at at least 2 arrests per year.
Now you may wonder, how had Houston continually gotten away with repeated offenses. According to Baby Doll, his father would pull strings with friends he had in law enforcement. The only reason he was finally sentenced for DUI was after the group M.A.D.D. (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) got involved and threatened to release all the names of police and judges responsible for constantly releasing him. Houston was sentenced to 10 years in jail, but was released less than a month into his sentence after being deemed a non violent offender.
He only returned to prison after violating his probation. Houston was ordered into a 90 day rehab facility and only did 30 days before leaving on his own. The judge then ordered Houston return to prison to finish off his 10 year sentence.
Paul ‘Mr. Wonderful’ Orndorff is considered by many of his former colleagues as one of the most underrated tough guys in the business. In 1995, while acting as a road agent in WCW…Orndorff had a physical altercation with one of the company’s biggest stars at the time…Big Van Vader. As the story goes, Vader showed up an hour and a half late to the TV tapings at Center Stage and when he did show up, was acting like a bully backstage. Paul Orndorff, who at this point in his life had only full use of one arm…got directly in Vader’s face calling him a fat piece of sh!t.
Vader proceeded to slap Orndorff square in the face knocking him down. Orndorff got up immediately and charged the 300 plus pound mastodon pummeling him with punches from his one good arm bloodying Vader. Most wrestlers who were backstage during this confrontation say Paul Orndorff completely thrashed Vader. Vader has another side to the story….
According to Vader, the reason he was late was because he was ordered by Eric Bischoff to take promotional pictures at the CNN offices. Bischoff assured Vader he would alert management that he was going to be late…but never did. Vader admits he struck Orndorff first, but he states the reason Orndorff got the best of him after that was because he refused to fight back. He claims he realized that Orndorff was now management and didn’t want to get into any further trouble.
The other incident took place in the 1980’s in either the Mid South or Georgia territories. Paul Orndorff was traveling to an event with both Brian Blair (Who was driving) and Tony Atlas. During the trip, Orndorff and Atlas got into a heated argument. It escalated to the point where Orndorff told Blair to pull the car over to the side of the road. Both Atlas and Orndorff got out and a fist fight ensued. Orndorff not only bested Atlas in the fight. but also bit off a part of Atlas’ ear. Tony Atlas went to the hospital and remained there for a few days…missing wrestling dates in the process. The booker at the time…either Bill Watts or Ole Anderson fined Atlas for each night he missed in the ring.