This is the 69th 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 by researching interviews, newspapers, magazines and various other sources of media.
Hard Pill to Swallow
In a recent interview with WhatCulture.com, the late Brian Pillman’s daughter Brittany accused her step mother Melanie Pillman of stealing money over the years that was meant to help Pillman’s children. Brittany Pillman alleges that Melanie used the money that was raised through charity wrestling shows like the Brian Pillman Memorial and money that the WWE donated to the children for their education to use and abuse drugs.
Brittany alleges that her and her brother Brian Pillman Jr. didn’t see a penny of the money and were severely neglected by Melanie once Brian Pillman passed away in 1997. She credits her aunt (Brian Pillman’s sister) with helping them buy buying them clothes and food while Melanie went on one of her alleged drug binges. Brittany and Brian Jr. no longer live with or see their stepmother Melanie. No word from Melanie Pillman on these accusations as of this writing.
In August of 2015, police were called to the WWE’s Performance Center in Florida. A 29 year old named Armando Montalvo was shot by a deputy after allegedly lunging towards police with a knife. Montalvo survived his wound after going through surgery.
The case of Armando Montalvo is an intriguing one. He was an aspiring rapper/wrestler who continually went to the Performance Center looking for work. He allegedly smeared feces and urine on the doors and windows of the Performance Center and was issued a restraining order just a couple of weeks before the shooting. Montalvo also filmed several videos where he declared his affection for former WWE diva AJ Lee.
His walls were plastered with her pictures and drawings and even went as far as to writing her name on his thigh. The WWE described him as deranged. The belief is that Montalvo went to the Performance Center looking for AJ and when the police were called, Montalvo allegedly got into a physical confrontation with them causing him to be shot.
Billy Oh Boy
In 2009, after a Triple A lucha libre show in Mexico luchardors Ricky Banderas (Mesias) Jose Roberto Islas Garcia (Billy Boy) and a Triple A referee went to a club. During the course of the night, Mesias, the referee and Billy Boy allegedly brutally assaulted a fan and left him laying in the street. All three were subsequently arrested and suspended from AAA for two weeks without pay. Mesias insisted his innocence by claiming that he didn’t assault the fan, but rather tried to break up the fight between Billy Boy and the fan.
A Diamond in the Rough
This next story takes us back to the WWF back in late 1992 to early 1993 and it involves wrestlers Paul Diamond and Chris Chavis. Paul Diamond was wrestling under the Max Moon gimmick and Chavis was wrestling under the name of Tatanka. According to lore, Diamond was secretly having an affair with Tatanka’s wife while on the road.
The way they apparently got caught, was when Tatanka’s wife got into a car accident while leaving Diamond’s hotel after a sexual encounter. When Tatanka found out, he allegedly went to WWF management and told them that if he is in the same ring as Max Moon there would be a real life homicide in the ring. Paul Diamond was subsequently taken off TV and was released not long after. Tatanka did eventually divorce his wife and was most recently seen competing in the Andre the Giant Battle Royal at WrestleMania 32.
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