This is the 57th installment of the ‘Wrestling with Sin‘ series. A group of stories that delves into the darker, underbelly of pro wrestling. Many of the stories involves such subjects as sex, drugs, greed and in some cases even murder! As with every single story in the Sin series…I do not condone or condemn the alleged participants. We simply retell their stories.
Grumpy Ole Men
In the early to mid 1990’s…Eric Bischoff was gaining more and more power within WCW. One of his first decisions in power…was to send former NWA/WCW booker Ole Anderson down to their training facility…the Power Plant in Atlanta, Georgia. Ole took the decision as a slight and it angered him greatly. He felt it was a demotion and thought that he should’ve had Bischoff’s job. Despite that, Ole went down to the Power Plant and took the job of a trainer.
A little later on, Bischoff hired former wrestler Blackjack Mulligan as a road agent and a trainer. One day, Mulligan went down to the Power Plant and met with Ole Anderson. Ole took the opportunity to bad mouth Eric Bischoff to Mulligan. Blackjack felt a certain loyalty to Bischoff because he was down on his luck at the time and felt that Eric gave him a big opportunity. After listening to Ole spew so much negativity about Eric Bischoff…Mulligan took it upon himself to sucker punch Ole knocking him unconscious. Ole was soon out of a job in WCW.
An ex pro wrestler in the carnival era by the name of Louis C. Statler was arrested and sentenced to life in prison for the strangulation of his 18 year old female housekeeper named Gloria Ferry in 1955. Statler…who was 69 years old at the time of the murder….allegedly strangled the girl after she was about to testify against him for contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Stater strangled the girl and dumped her body in a marsh area in a suburban part of Cleveland, Ohio. Her body was discovered roughly 10 days later. Statler was eventually arrested and charged with first degree murder. He plead not guilty…but the judge ruled against him. The only reason he was spared the death penalty, was because of his age and instead…sentenced to life in prison.
Beauty and the Booze
Former WWE developmental wrestler/manager Karlee Perez was arrested on a ‘driving under the influence’ charge back in the summer of 2009. She posted a $500 bond and released. All charges were eventually dropped…Karlee now performs for Lucha Underground under the name of Catrina.
The Poop Coup
In 1983, New Japan Pro Wrestling founder and promoter Antonio Inoki was involved in a financial scandal. He and two of his top New Japan executives…Hisashi Shinma and Seiji Sakaguchi were caught embezzling money from the promotion to fund an outside venture…not involving wrestling. It was a project that involved recycling horse manure into animal feed of all things.
When word got out that Inoki and his top men were stealing money from the company….the entire roster banded together in a coup to throw them from power. Inoki, Shinma and Sakaguchi were eventually expelled from their positions in the promotion for several months. Inoki did return to power in 1984 and continued to run the company until he sold it in 2005.
The Zeesh Man!
The Z Man aka Tom Zenk was a former wrestler who competed in places like the WWF, WCW and the AWA. After his career ended in 1996…Zenk became an outspoken individual on the industry he made a living in..making frequent appearance on various wrestling related talk shows. The former “Z Man” all but vanished in 2003 and several of his mug shots began to surface on the internet in 2005.
Zenk was arrested multiple times on such charges as driving while intoxicated, disorderly conduct, making harassing phone calls and stalking his ex girlfriend on at least 3 separate occasions. It is not publicly known if all or any of those charges resulted in jail time. What we do know is…Zenk hasn’t been heard from in over 10 years.
Current NXT diva Nhoop Al-Areebi aka “Jasmine” recently came under fire for some 3 year old racist tweets that were made from her account. Several of the tweets threw out racial slurs and referring to blacks as slaves etc. The WWE launched an investigation after receiving several complaints. Below is just one of the offensive tweets. Be warned…the language is a bit graphic in nature….
The end result was that the WWE concluded that the racist tweets did not come from Jasmine…although the company never made it clear who sent them. Jasmine has since shut down the Twitter account and remains within the company.
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