This is the 89th installment of the ‘Wrestling with Sin‘ series. A group of stories that delves into the darker, underbelly of pro wrestling. Many of the stories involve 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.
Former WWE wrestler and current WWE road agent Adam Birch aka ‘Joey Mercury,’ has battled many demons from his past. Admittedly, Mercury has battled alcoholism and drug addiction since he was 15 years old. Mercury was addicted to cocaine, crack, heroin and pain killers. His addiction started before he started a career in pro wrestling.
His addictions led him to overdose and nearly die several times. Mercury lost friends, money and nearly his home. After checking into rehab and getting clean and sober, Mercury suffered a devastating injury at WWE’s Armageddon pay per view in December of 2006. After a botched ladder manoeuvre, Mercury was left with a broken orbital bone, broken nose and received about 15 stitches inside his nose.
The injuries drove Mercury back to painkillers and alcohol and quickly relapsed into addiction. Vince McMahon personally intervened and demanded Mercury get back into rehab and until he did, and prove he could stay clean, he would be fired from the company. Thankfully, Mercury went back to rehab and got clean and sober once again and has remained that way until this day.
What Can Brown Do For You?
‘Brick House’ Brown wrestled for several territories during the 1980’s in the Mid-South, Tennessee and Dallas, Texas. He also wrestled briefly for the World Wrestling Federation. During his time in Dallas wrestling for Fritz Von Erich’s World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW) Brown admittedly became a very powerful man behind the scenes.
It wasn’t that he had power in booking matches or having any creative input into the shows or television, it was because, as he readily admitted, he had become one of the territory’s biggest drug dealers. His main customers were stars like Gino Hernandez, Missing Link and Chris Adams. However, his biggest customer, though, was none other than Kerry Von Erich who spent $400 a night on cocaine.
Brick House Brown also helped a wrestler by the name of ‘Sweet Brown Sugar’ Skip Young score crack at a local crack den he knew about. While Brown made a lot of money off the addictions of fellow wrestlers, he confesses he was not proud of doing it.
Independent wrestler ‘Reckless’ Donnie Hart, no relation to the Hart family from Calgary, was arrested in 2015 and charged with robbery, aggravated assault, carjacking and weapons offenses. According to police, Hart was believed to have robbed a total of three pharmacies in the southern New Jersey area.
He allegedly camouflaged his muscular body and tattoos with wearing bulky construction clothes and covered up his head to hide his signature Mohawk with hoods and hardhats. In every robbery, the suspect demanded prescription drugs like Oxycontin and in some cases brandished a gun. Police believe that Hart who was 27 at the time of his arrest carjacked a priest to get away in one of the holdups. Police say Donnie Hart’s DNA was inside the priest’s car.
Bail for Hart was set at $315,000 a sum which he could not pay say he remained in jail. While in jail, Donnie Hart broke up with his fiancee and maintained his innocence on the charges against him despite some overwhelming evidence. Donnie Hart was trained to be a pro wrestler at the infamous Monster Factory, the same school that trained future stars like Bam Bam Bigelow, D-Lo Brown and The Big Show.
Blind with Anger
In the late 1970’s/early 1980’s, pro wrestler Larry Latham (later known as Moondog Spot in the WWF) was at a bar drinking somewhere in Louisiana. While at the bar, a man bumped into Latham and offered no apology. Latham looked back and saw the man being dragged through the bar by a woman. Latham thought the man was a wimp and just turned around and continued to drink.
Later in the night, Latham was outside the bar ready to leave and go home when the same man from earlier bumped into him again. This time Latham felt the man was bumping him on purpose and quickly decked the man.
Latham continued punching the man and was confused why the man wasn’t fighting back. Feeling the man was just a wimp, stopped beating on the man went home. A few hours later, police went to Latham’s home to arrest him for assault and battery.
Larry Latham tried to explain to the cops that the man was provoking him by continually bumping into him. The police then explained that the man was blind and the woman leading him around was actually guiding him. Latham was then arrested and embarrassed at the same time.
Jonathan Fatu aka Jimmy Uso was arrested for driving under the influence back in 2011 in Tampa, Florida. He was pulled over when police noticed Uso going the wrong way down a one-way street. When police confronted Uso, he started slurring his speech and looked glassy eyed so the police gave him a breathalyzer test. Uso registered a .180 which was twice the legal limit and thus arrested. He pleaded ‘No Contest’ and placed on probation.
That wasn’t the last time Jimmy Uso was arrested, however. In 2013, Uso was arrested yet again initially believed to be another DUI. It was later clarified by Uso’s lawyer that the reason for the second arrest was Uso was driving on a suspended license which violated his probation.
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