This is the 81st 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.
‘Killer’ Tim Brooks was a pro wrestler, trainer and promoter for close to a half century. For a better part of 25 of those years, Brooks admittedly was a drug addict. If it was a drug that could be swallowed, snorted or smoked…Tim Brooks did it. His drug problem was starting to get in the way of his personal life. Both he and his wife had abused drugs and were going to file for divorce.
To gain leverage in the divorce, the couple separately told police of the other ones drug habits. When in court, the judge ordered both to get clean and sober or they would both lose custody over their two children. Thankfully for them, they both went into rehab and got clean. They even called off their divorce and their kids were returned to them.
Heart of a Monster
Rhonda Sing wrestled for several promotions in Japan, Puerto Rico, Calgary Stampede, WCW and the WWF (As Bertha Faye). She was best known under the gimmick of Monster Ripper where she won several titles and terrorized women’s divisions world wide.
After her retirement from pro wrestling, Sing became an adult caregiver and her life seemed to be far removed from her days in the squared circle. Then one day in the summer of 2001, she was discovered dead. The initial reports had Sing dying of a heart attack but later it was revealed that she died from a drug overdose believed to have been a suicide. While it is not known why Sing took her own life, some have said she was battling several illnesses in her last days. Rhonda Sing was just 40 years old.
Rene has Gotta Pay
In 2004, Hardcore Bob Holly and Rene Dupree were traveling buddies while both were working for the WWE. Holly would always have to rent the cars to travel in from town to town, because Dupree was not of age to rent a vehicle himself. One day, a tornado hit Bob Holly’s hometown in Alabama, so Holly went back home and left Rene alone with the rental car.
Rene would wind up going through a red light and a camera took a picture of it. Since Holly was the name registered under the rental car, Bob Holly received the ticket. A ticket, that Holly would not find out about until weeks later. By that time, Holly had to appear in court and pay the fine and all the late penalties on the ticket.
Holly confronted Dupree about the ticket at the airport and Dupree apologized but the situation didn’t end there. During a house show match in New York, Holly faced Rene Dupree in a tag team match. Holly went on to legitimately pummel Rene during the match kicking and punching him leaving Dupree beaten to pulp and suffering a black eye. Rene paid the price that night and paid he ticket as well.
Who was that Masked man?
Famed luchador the original La Parka, was arrested for assault in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico in 2003. He and another luchador named Sergio Romo Jr. went to a bar and allegedly got into an argument with another patron. When the patron ignored both wrestlers and turned his back to them, that’s when the luchadors allegedly assaulted the man and took off.
The police were called and they arrested both Romo Jr. and La Parka a little while later. According to reports, Sergio Romo went peacefully, but La Parka allegedly resisted arrest and the police had to use force.
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