Wrestling With Sin: The Spirit of 76

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This is the 76th installment of the ‘Wrestling with Sin‘ series. A group of stories that delves into the darker side of professional wrestling. Many of these stories involve such topics as sex, greed, drugs, arrests and sometimes even murder! As with every single story in the Sin series, we do not condone or condemn the alleged involved. We are simply retelling these stories that have been told throughout the years.

There’s No Business Like Snow Business

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In 1990, a disgruntled former pro wrestler and protege of Jerry ‘the King’ Lawler named Eddie Crawford aka The Snowman began bad mouthing the USWA and Lawler. The Snowman claimed that the promotion’s hierarchy which included Lawler was racist and held black wrestlers down. With business in the Memphis territory already down, Jerry Lawler and promoter Jerry Jarrett feared Snowman’s comments would hurt business even further.

The decision was made to bring the Snowman back into the USWA and make Eddie Crawford’s harsh accusations into a wrestling angle. The feud between Snowman and Lawler was a big success based on the reality of the storyline. The Snowman went on to win the USWA Unified World title and successfully defended it several times against the King.

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When the feud ended, Snowman (Who was still the USWA champion) was placed below Jerry Lawler’s matches on the card. To further infuriate Snowman, he felt his pay wasn’t as high as it should be as USWA champion. Feeling disrespected and slighted, Snowman quit the USWA and took the unified world title with him. USWA management claimed that Snowman sold the Unified title to drug dealers but that was untrue. The promotion never did see the title again. So what started out as a shoot and made into angle, eventually became a shoot again.

I–rish I Never Borrowed the Money

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Back when Sheamus and Yoshi Tatsu were both in WWE’s developmental system, the duo were roommates. During that time, Sheamus borrowed some money from Tatsu. According to reports, after several months Sheamus had still not repaid back his friend despite several attempts. It allegedly all came to a head one day when Tatsu asked for the money and was threatened by Sheamus. Tatsu allegedly slapped Sheamus several times accross the face and got the better of the much bigger Irishman. The money was repaid to Yoshi Tatsu.

A Crimson Mask

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Former TNA wrestler Crimson was arrested in Tennessee and charged with domestic assault. According to the arrest warrant, a witness claims he saw Crimson headbutt his wife outside a local bar around 1:30 in the morning. When police arrived, they noticed his wife bleeding from her nose and lip.

His wife allegedly claimed she fell down as the cause for her facial injuries. It also stated in the report that Crimson started to give the officers on scene a hard time once they began questioning his wife. Crimson was arrested and freed on a $2,500 bond. His wife was also arrested for public intoxication.

He’s Softcore! He’s Softcore!

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The life of an indy wrestler is not easy. You put your body on the line day in and day out for little money and little recognition. So it should not be a shock when many of these independent grapplers seek other means to make money until they can make it big.

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Take former WWE world champion Seth Rollins who while working on the indy scene as Tyler Black, made a series of softcore fetish videos to make extra money. He wrestled in extra small tights and often displayed a semi erection while “wrestling” another male opponent. These fetish videos were often aimed toward homosexual consumers.

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Seth Rollins and many of his male brethren weren’t the only ones who filmed these type of fetish vids, their female counterparts have also. One of note went under the name of Rebecca Knox. That name may or may not sound familiar. It is the former alias of current WWE Diva err I mean woman wrestler Becky Lynch. She appeared in a few early in her career.

You can read all previous ‘Wrestling with Sin’ pieces here.

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