This is the 83rd 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.
Fuji Once, Shame on You; Fuji Twice, Shame on Me
According to the late, SD (Special Delivery) Jones, his friend and sometimes adversary the late Mr. Fuji was a notorious ribber (Someone who pulled pranks on others) While Fuji liked to have a laugh at others expenses from time to time. He also was a man not to get mad. SD Jones gave a few examples of how upsetting the wrestler/manager could get you in a whole heap of trouble. Jones recalled a time in the early 1980’s when Mr. Fuji asked Jones for a lift to the hotel. Jones declined because he was in a rush to get somewhere and Fuji gave him a very upset look.
The next day, Jones got into his car, started it and heard a big boom, his engine exploded and caught fire. Fuji was the first man to approach him and offer sympathy. SD was convinced Fuji was the man responsible for his car burning up because he refused him a ride the day before. SD also recalled a time when a group of unnamed wrestlers visited Fuji’s home and ate most of his food. Fuji was visibly upset, so he invited the wrestlers back the following week and according to Jones laced all the food with Epsom salt. The wrestlers all got violently ill and got the message loud and clear: Don’t Fuck with Fuji.
Stabbed in the Black
On May 15th, 1971 at the Boston Gardens, Blackjack Mulligan managed by the Grand Wizard challenged Pedro Morales for the WWWF world title. During the course of their match, the Grand Wizard handed Mulligan a foreign object which he used on the fan favorite Morales knocking him out. One of the fans became enraged and jumped the guardrail and stabbed and slashed Blackjack Mulligan’s leg and arm. The fan was restrained by security and Gorilla Monsoon (Who was a fan favorite) ran to the ring to help Mulligan (who was a heel) who was gushing blood. That confused many fans, who couldn’t understand why a good buy was helping out a villain.
Fellow wrestler ‘Bulldog’ Brower took Mulligan to his hotel room to bandage him up. Mulligan recalled, Brower taking out his pistol ready to shoot at angry fans who were gathering at the hotel still thirsty for blood. Brower managed to sneak Mulligan out of the hotel and drove all the way to New Jersey where at this point, Mulligan’s wounds had become infected and was in dire condition. Thankfully, the doctors were able to clear out the infections and sealed up his wounds. Mulligan would recover and continue his feud with Morales across the eastern seaboard.
A Caged Animal
While the WWF was on tour in the state of Washington in 1986, George ‘the Animal’ Steele and the Macho Man Randy Savage had a match on that tour. After the match, a young female fan (reportedly only 14 years old) stormed the ring to get a hug from George Steele. As the girl made it on the ring apron, security grabbed her by her ankles ready to pull her down. George Steele saw that the girl would crack her head if pulled straight down, so he fought off the security guard and grabbed the girl.
After some time, Steele returned to Washington for another tour and was notified that there was a warrant out for his arrest. George believed it had something to do with grabbing the girl and maybe she got hurt. It turned out to be the security guard pressed charges against Steele, claiming he was injured by the wrestler in the melee with the girl. Although the charges didn’t stick against Steele, the security guard filed a civil suit against Steele for over one hundred thousand dollars. Luckily, Vince McMahon stepped in and settled out of court for twenty thousand dollars.
In 1996, the WWF had an angle involving Sunny and the Godwinns in which Sunny would get a bucket of “pig slop” dumped on her. Sunny (Tammy Sytch) wasn’t exactly the most popular person to many backstage in the locker room. So before the segment with the pig slop was to take place, Henry Godwinn left the half empty slop bucket in the men’s locker room and made it known this was the bucket being used on Sunny. He then walked away from the bucket and when he returned, the bucket was completely full.
According to Henry Godwinn, wrestlers who had personal problems with Sunny started spitting their chewing tobacco and other garbage into the slop bucket. Godwinn then said that both Sean (123 Kid) Waltman and Scott (Razor Ramon) Hall took the bucket into the bathroom and relieved themselves into the slop to “spice it up.” The angle did go on as planned and Sunny was slopped with everybody’s spit, piss and possibly shit all over her.
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