This is the 90th 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.
Ayberto Dios Mio
Alberto Del Rio is in the middle of a nasty divorce battle with his soon to be ex wife former model Angela Velkei. According to court documents, Velkei cites that Del Rio committed adultery during their marriage. The documents claim that the marriage ended on May 27th, 2016. Coincidentally, the relationship between Del Rio and WWE wrestler Paige came to light in 2 weeks earlier than that date.
The belief is that Alberto Del Rio and Paige had an affair during Del Rio’s marriage to Velkei. Del Rio denies that stating that the marriage ended a year prior. Velkei has requested a restraining order against Del Rio while the couple fight over custody of their children.
The WWE has been rumored to be very unhappy with Del Rio and Paige’s relationship and requested that both end it immediately. The couple were drafted to different brands to try and keep the two away from each other.
Back to Bank
Jeff Gaylord wrestled for the UWF, World Class Championship Wrestling, the USWA and even briefly for the WWF back in the mid-1980’s to late 1990’s. After his wrestling career ended, Gaylord was back in the spotlight, but for all the wrong reasons. Jeff Gaylord had robbed a bank in Colorado in 2001. He wore a mask and passed a note to the teller that stated he had a gun and got away with over $5,000 dollars.
Not too long after, Gaylord robbed another bank and this time witnesses were able to get a license plate number and tracked the vehicle back to Gaylord’s home. After intense interrogation by the FBI and local police, Gaylord was charged with two counts of bank robbery. Gaylord pled guilty and received a sentence of 6 years in prison.
In 1991 in WCW Diamond Dallas Page, in only his 2nd career match, teamed with Scott Hall aka The Diamond Studd against the team of Todd Champion and Firebreaker Chip. DDP and Chip were very familiar and friendly with each other as both trained in WCW’s Power Plant at the same time. During their match, Chip had locked in a very stiff armbar in which DDP asked Chip to lighten up.
Chip for whatever reason refused and during the course of the match, DDP decided to get even by throwing stiff punches and kicks on Chip. After the match ended and all the wrestlers went to the back, Chip confronted DDP about his stiff kicks and the two started bumping chests. Chip landed a right hand on DDP’s head opening him up. DDP responded by kneeing Chip in the gut and putting Chip in a front face lock. The two were eventually split up by other wrestlers despite both wanting to continue the fight. The two wrestlers did eventually makeup.
An independent pro wrestling promoter/manager in both the Louisiana and Tennessee areas called ‘Nate Dogg” aka Nathan Starling was arrested on charges of child molestation in June 2015. According to police, Starling inappropriately touched a 9-year-old boy and after an investigation, a warrant for his arrest was issued. Nathan Staring turned himself into police and bail was set by a judge at $35,000 dollars.
This wasn’t the first time Starling received bad press. In 2013, Nathan Starling put on a show and stiffed most of the talent citing lack of funds. It became a very contentious situation and Brian “Grand Master Sexay” Lawler and Rikishi roughed up Starling, undressed and allegedly made the promoter drink urine out of a cup. Brian Lawler would later say that the “urine” in question was nothing more than an energy drink.
Percocet it and forget it
Bobby Duncum Jr was a 2nd generation wrestler who competed for such promotions as the GWF, All Japan, ECW and WCW. According to wrestler Vampiro, he once sat next to Duncum on a flight and Duncum introduced Vampiro to the painkiller drug Percocet. Vampiro witnessed Duncum popping them by the handful on the flight with zero effect. Vampiro took just two and was completely knocked out for the entire flight.
Seeing the power of the drug and realizing that Duncum had a problem, Vampiro allegedly went to WCW management in particular JJ Dillon to warn him of Duncum’s addiction. According to Vampiro, Dillon listened to him and walked away never doing anything. Not too long later, Duncum was found dead of a drug and alcohol overdose at his apartment. Vampiro insists this was one of the reasons he hates WCW to this day. Bobby Duncum Jr was just 34 years old at the time of his death in 2000.
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