This is the 82nd 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.
El Espanto I was a very popular Mexican luchador back in the late 1950’s to the late 1960’s. He along with his real life brother and childhood friend made up the trio of Espantos I, II and III. In 1968, after a night of matches, Espanto I and fellow luchador Black Mystery II went to a bar to party.
During the course of the night, Espanto I and Black Mystery II got into some sort of altercation with the bartender. It apparently got so heated, that the bartender pulled out a gun and shot Espanto I and Black Mystery II to death.
In 1998, police were called to the home of independent wrestler Brian Howser, better known as Shane Shamrock. (No relation to Ken Shamrock) According to police, Shamrock and his girlfriend were involved in a domestic dispute. The police say they witnessed Shamrock pinning his girlfriend and one year old son against the wall when they arrived.
As police tried to move forward and arrest Shamrock, he allegedly ran into the kitchen and grabbed a knife. Police said that Shamrock began using the knife in a threatening manner against them, so he was shot and killed. Shane Shamrock was just 23 years of age when he died.
Porn actress turned pro wrestler Janet “Lizzy Borden” Romano along with her husband Rob Black formed a wrestling promotion called Xtreme Pro Wrestling (XPW) in 1999. It was originally intended to compete with ECW and later CZW based in Philadelphia. XPW hired many former ECW stars to compete for the promotion. It also recruited porn stars and used them as both wrestlers and valets.
In 2002, XPW folded and Borden returned to starring and directing in pornographic films for her husband’s porn company Extreme Associates. In 2003, both Borden and Rob Black were indicted by a grand jury in Pennsylvania for distributing obscene materials (Graphic pornography) through the U.S. Postal service. In 2009, Lizzy Borden and Rob Black were sentenced to a year in prison for that crime. After serving their sentences, both have been released from jail.
Knife Guys Finish Last
On May 24th, 1976 in the Greenville Memorial Auditorium in South Carolina, Ole Anderson and his “brother” Gene Anderson lost a match to Tim Woods and Dino Bravo. As the Andersons were making their way back to the dressing room, an angry fan attacked Ole with a hawk bill knife. The fan would repeatedly stab Ole in the arm and chest.
Despite his wounds, Ole was able to fight off the fan and prevent further damage. Ole’s injuries required a 4 hour surgery and multiple stitches to his arm and chest. The fan turned out to be an 82 year old man named Oscar Ramsey. He was later arrested for the attack. As for Ole Anderson, he would return to action two days after his surgery.
Andre the Tyrant
During a tour of Japan, a group of wrestlers were on a bus being transported from the arena to their hotel. One of the wrestlers on that bus was Andre the Giant. Andre was sitting in the back and started cracking some racially insensitive jokes. Also on that bus was Allen Coage aka Bad News Brown aka Bad News Allen who overheard the racial jokes made.
Insulted by them, Bad News told the driver to stop the bus and allegedly confronted Andre about what he was saying. Andre allegedly laughed off Bad News which angered Coage even more. So much so, he demanded Andre get up and fight him. Cooler heads prevailed that night, but Bad News and Andre met up in the hotel elevator the next morning and according to Bad News, Andre would later apologize for his remarks.