This is the 94th 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.
In May of 2016, WWE star Dolph Ziggler’s (Nick Nemeth) brother Donald Nemeth was involved in a drug deal gone bad. It took place at the University Hotel and Suites in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. Nemeth and another unidentified man went to the hotel to purchase drugs from an ex Marine named Johua Moscal. Nemeth and the other man allegedly tried to rob Moscal of his drugs and a fight ensued.
Nemeth allegedly took out a gun and shot Moscal three times in the chest killing the 34 year old Marine. Donald Nemeth was eventually arrested and charged with aggravated murder, murder, kidnapping and felonious assault. Nemeth has plead not guilty to all those charges and is being held on a 1 million dollar bond.
New Japan pro wrestler Taichi Ishikari was exposed as an adulterer back in 2014. Ishikari admitted to having affairs on his wife with fellow pro wrestler named Ofune. The scandal made headlines in Japan and because of his indiscretions, he was suspended by New Japan Pro Wrestling for 2 months and ordered to take a 30 percent pay cut as punishment.
Taichi Ishikari would apologize for the affair and would return to NJPW after his suspension was lifted. He is still married to Ofune and the couple have two children.
Shooting Star Mess
After the much-publicized break-up with his longtime girlfriend Amy ‘Lita’ Dumas, Matt Hardy rebounded with another WWE “diva” in Ashley Massaro. The two dated for a bit but eventually broke up. Massaro would move on and date another WWE wrestler in Paul London. That caused an unbelievable amount of real life friction between both Hardy and London.
Paul London believes that after he started dating Massaro, Matt Hardy went on the internet anonymously and started spreading rumors about London that he says weren’t at all true. Some of which were that London was a leaking out confidential WWE news out to fans at airports etc. Since then, Paul London has had a hatred towards Matt Hardy and feels that Hardy was doing these things out of sour grapes because he started dating Ashley Massaro after she and Matt broke up.
Some have speculated that the reason Matt was so angry at Paul London was because he thought that London and Massaro were fooling around on him behind his back while Hardy was dating Massaro. The real life feud became so contentious that London flat out refused to work a match with Matt while both were competing in Ring of Honor.
Skull Murphy and Brute Bernard were an extremely successful Canadian tag team that won tag titles in Florida, Australia and the WWWF in the 1960’s. They weren’t only tag team partners in the ring, but the best of friends outside of it. They were said to be practically inseparable while traveling on the road.
Skull Murphy was born with a rare disease that didn’t allow him to grow any body hair. He also battled with severe depression for most of his adult life. In March of 1970, before a scheduled match, his wife found Murphy unconscious and in a panic called one of his friends, fellow wrestler George Scott who lived nearby. George Scott discovered Skull Murphy lifeless with an empty bottle of sleeping pills near him. Murphy had overdosed on the pills in an apparent suicide. Skull Murphy was just 39 years old.
His tag team partner and best friend Brute Bernard was said to have never fully recovered from the sudden death of Skull Murphy. He did continue on with career for several years after Murphy’s death. In the final match of his career, Brute legitimately attacked a referee backstage breaking his nose, because the referee made a decision on a match that Brute didn’t agree with. Brute was basically blackballed from wrestling at that point.
After his career was over, Brute Bernard found work in a factory. One day after work in 1984, Brute and a few of his co-workers went to Brute’s farm. Brute Bernard pulled out a gun and the next thing we know is he was dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. It is still not determined what exactly happened that day. Some say he was playing a game of ‘Russian Roulette’ and others like his son believe Brute Bernard took his own life in a suicide like his dear friend Skull Murphy did over 14 years prior. Brute Bernard was 63 years old.
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