This is the 45th installment of the ‘Wrestling with Sin‘ series. A group of stories that touches on the darker side of professional wrestling. Many of these stories deal with lust, greed, jealousy and in some cases…even murder! As with every single story in the Sin series…I do not condemn nor do I condone the alleged actions of the participants involved. We simply retell these tales…
Dust in the Wind
It all really started for Dustin Runnels after his wife Terri…allegedly began an affair with fellow wrestler Shawn Stasiak. When the couple split and got a divorce….Dustin went into an emotional tailspin. He resorted to binging on illegal drugs like cocaine…prescriptions drugs like Vicodin and booze.
Dustin admits his biggest drug problems occurred while he was wrestling for TNA wrestling. Dustin often took drugs right before he went to the ring to wrestle and spent most of the time there either drunk or high. In 2005, with drugs consuming his life…Dustin was arrested for domestic violence against his girlfriend.
Dustin had to post a $1,000 bond and ordered to stay away from his girlfriend and enter rehab. Dustin finally hit rock bottom after going on a 3 day drug and alcohol binge that nearly killed him. Realizing he was knocking on death’s door…Dustin called his father Dusty..who got him into a WWE sponsored rehab facility and has been clean and sober since 2008.
Holla If You SEE Me!
While in an airport in San Jose, California….Hulk Hogan’s new wife…Jennifer McDaniel was allegedly confronted by a very hostile Scott Steiner. McDaniel claims that Steiner walked right up to her while she was in baggage claims and threatened to kill Hulk Hogan if he ever saw him again.
McDaniel who was supposedly not familiar with Steiner feared for her and Hogan’s life and told Hulk. Hulk then called the San Jose police and filed a complaint…Hogan also informed WWE management about the threat and had Steiner banned from the 2015 WWE Hall of Fame ceremony.
In response to the accusations…Steiner admitted he went up to Jennifer McDaniel..but not to threaten her…he claims it was to tell her he thought it was a joke that Hogan was going to induct Randy Savage into the Hall of Fame…knowing Savage hated Hogan’s guts.
Regardless of which side is telling the truth…there had been bad blood brewing between Hogan and Steiner for a number of years leading to this incident. Steiner not only blames the demise of WCW on Hogan…but also has a lawsuit still pending from his time in TNA in which he blames Hogan and Eric Bischoff for getting him fired from that promotion.
Los Angeles boxing and pro wrestling promoter Harry Rudolph “Babe” McCoy was an extremely powerful individual in the 1940’s and 50’s. He is somewhat credited with bringing legendary Italian pro wrestler Primo Carnera to the United States. Babe had a reputation of strong arming boxers and pro wrestlers using his high up connections. He was accused of ripping off various talents…not paying them what they were originally promised. It was also revealed that Babe had connections to mafia hitman Frankie Carbo.
In 1956, Babe received a lifetime ban from promoting both wrestling and boxing from the California State Athletic Commission after he was found guilty of being involved in fixing several boxing matches from 1940’s through the 1950’s.
In May of 2015…Former WWE Diva Jillian Hall was found on the wrong side of the law again. This time, she was arrested for driving under the influence with an alleged blood alcohol level higher than the 0.20 legal limit. Jillian plead not guilty and returned for a court date later that month. If you’ve been reading these pieces regularly…we also told you she was arrested back in 2012 on a domestic abuse charge.
Several Divas…Knockouts and other female wrestlers were victims of phone hacking in 2015. Many just revealed themselves to be topless…but there was one individual who unfortunately revealed so much more. Independent wrestler Rachel Summerlyn not only had topless photos of herself leaked…but other graphic pics of her in various sex acts.
Sorry, the pics are too revealing for this PG-esque blog…but even if we went Attitude Era TV-MA…those pics would still be way too graphic to show. Other victims of that massive phone hacking who revealed some nudity were Melina Perez…Shelly Martinez and Velvet Sky.
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