This is the 102nd 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.
In 1979, at the West Palm Beach Auditorium in Florida, a fan by the name of Walter Ort sued both Jack Brisco and the Championship Wrestling from Florida promotion for an alleged assault that took place during one of their shows. Ort claims that Jack Brisco punched him and broke his glasses causing him to need stitches to his nose. According to Brisco’s tag team partner that night Steve Keirn, he saw Ort and his friend yelling and screaming at ringside and saw Ort’s friend take a swing at Jack Brisco. Brisco then held the fan until police could come and arrest the fan. The referee for that particular match was Frenchy Bernard and he claims that Brisco never laid a hand on Ort and it, was in fact, Don Muraco who punched Walter Ort knocking him cold.
Walter Ort’s lawyers never commented on what kind of monetary damages Ort was looking for. Ort would himself talk to the press and state he was still a huge wrestling fan and would be satisfied with a settlement of front row tickets to wrestling events for a year, something I am sure his attorney wasn’t pleased to hear. No word of what the jury’s decision was in that case which made it to court in 1981.
He Lies…He Cheats…He Texts…
In March of 2011, Chavo Guerrero Jr allegedly started texting friend Drew Galloway boasting that he slept with a woman other than his wife of then 13 years. To prove his boast, he texted a picture of the woman’s thong panties as a trophy. Drew Galloway responded by jokingly saying he was ‘playing with himself’ in the gym over the pic.
Apparently, Drew’s then wife Taryn Terrell discovered the texts on Drew’s phone and, in a moment of rage, posted the text conversation on her Twitter feed. Drew and Taryn eventually got a divorce and despite Chavo’s alleged admittance to infidelity, is still married to his wife.
Some have claimed that Chavo Jr. and his wife have an open relationship. Whether that is 100% true or not has never been proven as of this writing.
In May of 2007, during a live WWE event, Batista got into a heated argument with his ex-lover Melina. Melina’s good friend, Shelly Martinez aka Ariel in the WWE, saw this and ran to her friend’s defense. Batista allegedly then got in Shelly’s face and started yelling at her. He claimed all Shelly was a great pair of tits and ass and nothing more and if she wasn’t sleeping with management wouldn’t even have a job.
The two continued to yell back and forth at each other with Batista allegedly getting physical by using his finger to push it on Shelly’s forehead. The two were eventually separated and soon after Shelly Martinez was gone from the WWE.
A Starr is Torn
Independent pro wrestler from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Bobby Starr (real name Bobby Thomas) was arrested in early 2016 on charges of soliciting sex with a minor. According to local PD, Bobby Thomas met what he thought was a 14-year-old female on an internet social media site. Bobby allegedly began aggressively trying to solicit sex from her via text messages. Starr even went as far as to ask the 14-year-old to bring a friend to join the party.
Bobby Starr arranged to pick up the underage girl and bring her back to his home for sex. In reality, however, the 14-year-old girl was really an undercover police officer. When Starr arrived at the girl’s home, he was met by police. Starr allegedly tried to escape but was surrounded and thus arrested on the spot. A S50,000 bond was set for Starr who remains in jail as of this piece.
Back in the 1970’s, a young wrestler named Jerry Lawler was nothing more than a mid-card talent. A wrestler/booker named Terry Garvin was well known behind the scenes as a gay man. Word around the locker room was that Garvin had a huge crush on the young Lawler. When Lawler found out, he decided to play a prank on Terry Garvin.
Jerry Lawler invited Terry Garvin to his hotel room for sex. When in the room, Garvin undressed and Lawler pulled down his pants. Before Garvin could go down on the future ‘King,’ Lawler shoved Garvin on his ass and ran out of the room laughing. Enraged, Garvin began running after Lawler fully naked all the while Lawler was trying to pull up his pants. Garvin never caught Lawler that night but went after Lawler’s friend Jerry Jarrett.
Terry Garvin accused Jerry Jarrett of being in on the prank and threatened to beat up Jarrett in retaliation. Jarrett convinced Garvin that he had nothing to do with Lawler’s prank.
You can read all previous ‘Wrestling with Sin’ pieces here.