This is the 93rd 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.
How Swede it is
In 1975, the team of Rip Hawk and Swede Hanson took a relatively young wrestler named Ric Flair under their wings. While the trio were partying at a nightclub in Norfolk, Virginia, the 26-year-old Flair was styling and profiling on a beautiful young woman all night long. Swede Hanson recognized the woman as a girlfriend of a member of the mob named Al Denaro. Swede and Rip Hawk quickly warned Flair to walk away from the woman because it would lead to big trouble.
Flair being Flair, even at 26 years-old, didn’t listen to Swede or Rip’s warnings and took the girl back to his hotel room. According to Rip and Swede, the mobster found out about his girlfriend and Flair and sent a couple of his men to get her back and possibly “whack” Flair. Luckily, Swede and Rip knew the gangster and were on friendly terms with him and were able to talk the mobster to back off and they would take care of the young Flair themselves. Ric Flair’s life was spared that night by his mentors.
Gambling with a Great Career
Ashura Hara was a Japanese pro wrestler whose most successful years were with All Japan Wrestling from 1981 to 1988. Hara was fired by All Japan in 1988 from the owner Shohei ‘Giant’ Baba. The reason is because he had run up large gambling debts and members of the Yakuza (Japanese mob) kept on showing up at All Japan shows looking to collect. Baba got tired of having such seedy individuals consistently interrupting his shows, so he fired Hara who was at the time…one of All Japan’s biggest stars.
Hara’s career never fully recovered after being let go by All Japan. After a long hiatus, Hara resurfaced on some smaller Japanese promotions until he finally retired for good in 1994.
Man Mountain Doc
Darryl Peterson aka ‘Man Mountain Rock’ didn’t last a year during his brief stint with the WWF but he certainly made quite an impact. Man Mountain Rock battled drug addiction and alcoholism, which would ultimately cost him his WWF job. While he was with the company, however, he used his video camera to film various WWF stars partying, doing drugs and having sex with prostitutes.
Peterson was going to use the footage and make a full-length documentary entitled, “The Thing that Should Not Be.” The documentary stalled when the WWF and a number of wrestlers on the tapes threatened him with legal action.
Former WWE, ECW and current TNA road agent Al Snow got a divorce from his second wife, former WWE developmental wrestler and former WWF Hardcore champion Cynthia ‘Bobcat’ Lynch. They married in 2009 and divorced in 2015 and it didn’t end on the friendliest of terms.
It turns out, at least according to Lynch, Al Snow cheated on her numerous times. Obviously distraught and upset, she took to social media and posted this on Facebook.
I know everyone is looking out for me but the fact is im telling the truth so why hide it we live in a world of social media honesty that is Al Snows world …….I get it sometimes ….life s not so pretty so why only put the good stuff out there this is my life my husband is lying cheating scum not just because of she beast but he’s been lying and cheating the whole time and nooooo we never had a open relationship and yessss I did not know
And yes I get the rape and murder charge ,…she staged her own death but the rape charges were ? I don’t think you can
I’m sorry I’m venting …but 12uearsof my life has to mean something Say what you want I never ever cheated!!!
A good day to blast A Snow?no but for months he made me feel like shit about my self I asked him if there was another woman he told me know I was crazy ….I really started to think about my self what have I done how could I change my self I asked him to go to marriage counseling ….he told me know I did that with the first wife and they blamed me …I’m speaking up for 12 fucking years of my life I didn’t cheat I sat there and waited shame on me me I’m the fool ……but I’ll move on
I have to move out of the steroid kings house by May 1st please everyone tell him not to come until I move
Shallow Al #9 or 10 I loose count he’s been cheating on me since before we even got married he said it was a open relationship news flash to me I didn’t know and I thought she beast was the first ugg thanks to all the people that stepped up and let me know who he was and is.
Al Snow has kept relatively quiet on the subject of his divorce. He is now currently engaged to a massage therapist and personal trainer named Jessica.
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