This is the 48th installment of the ‘Wrestling with Sin‘ series. A group of stories that looks at the darker, sometimes seedier side of professional wrestling. Many of these stories involve sex, greed, jealousy, assault and even murder! As with every story in the Sin series…we never…EVER condone or condemn the alleged participants involved. We simply retell their stories.
Sawyer Want to be a Wrestler?
‘Mad Dog’ Buzz Sawyer was one of the most hated wrestlers in his day. Not so much for being a heel in the ring…but being a heel out of it. According to several current and former wrestlers….Sawyer had a serious drug addiction. One way Buzz would obtain money to buy drugs like cocaine…was by running an apparent scam all across the country.
Whatever territory Sawyer competed in…whether it be in Dallas, Texas…Atlanta, Georgia….Portland, Oregon etc…Sawyer would advertise a wrestling school he claimed to own and operate. The scam would be he would lure young wrestling hopefuls to his home and offer to train them for a particular sum of money. He would brutalize the students on the first day of training by doing things like having them get on all fours and then stomping on their ankles.
If the students came back, he would ask for an ever larger pay day and in most cases when paid…would disappear for days, weeks or never returned altogether without actually training the students. One young wrestler turned out to be Mark Calaway aka The Undertaker. According to Calaway, he was a victim of Buzz Sawyer’s scam when he was a teenager. Luckily for Calaway, he got some payback in the early 1990’s when both he and Buzz were employed by WCW.
In the locker room, Mark noticed Buzz Sawyer sitting down and immediately confronted him about how he screwed him years earlier. Wrestlers had to hold Calaway back from attacking Buzz..who apparently just sat their smiling and laughing at the situation. Sawyer died of a drug overdose in 1992.
Mickey ‘The Hammer’ Henry was a former enhancement wrestler in Bill Watts Mid South territory in the 1980’s. He is also credited for training Ray ‘The Big Bossman’ Traylor to become a pro wrestler and is the current promoter of the independent American Championship Wrestling promotion in Alabama. Henry was arrested in 2009 for allegedly fondling a female minor under the age of 12 years old.
This wasn’t the first time Mickey Henry was under suspicion for sexual abuse. In 2005, Henry was under investigation for allegedly having sex with several underage girls. While nothing came out of that investigation….Henry was arrested 4 years later after a grand jury indictment. He was released from jail after posting a $5,000 bond. Henry maintained his innocence back in both 2005 and 2009. It should be noted that while Henry was arrested…no other details have come up in this case.
After ‘The Enforcer’ Arn Anderson’s retirement….he became a road agent for WCW. Allegations by some former front office staff arose that and were detailed in a book called Ring of Hell, that Arn Anderson sexually propositioned some female valets and female office workers…all while married. The allegations include Arn offering a “cat bath” to a female office worker. A cat bath was allegedly Arn’s code word for oral sex. The book also alleges that Arn and Tylene “Major Gunns” Buck had a sexual encounter while on the road.
Former NXT wrestler Jon Emminger nicknamed Lucky Cannon was arrested in 2011 in Florida after allegedly impersonating a police officer. While the exact details of what actually happened are unclear…Cannon posted bail at $2,000 and was released. Cannon later posted on his Twitter feed…”Old News…Charges Dropped…Old News!” I guess he was “Lucky” after all.
You can read all previous ‘Wrestling with Sin’ pieces here.</