This is the 103rd 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.
Gun of a Son
Gerard McCra Jr. was a part-time pro wrestler who competed in the New England indie scene under the alias of ‘Bad Attitude’ Bobby Moran. On October 9th, 1993, McCra was in his car ready to take his 11-year-old daughter Melanie to a birthday party and then head out to a wrestling match he had booked. The father and daughter never made it to their destinations. They along with McCra’s wife Merle, were found dead in their car with gunshot wounds to their heads.
The suspect was none other than McCra’s own 15-year-old son Gerard McCra III. He killed his parents and his sister in a fit of rage. He alleged that he was physically abused by his father for years and finally snapped. The son Gerard McCra III stole his grandfather’s 22 caliber pistol and assassinated all three members of his immediate family.
Two years later McCra III was found guilty of the murders and sentenced to life in prison. Gerard McCra III has since converted to Islam and changed his name to Kuluwom Asar. Gerard McCra Jr. was just 35 years old at the time of his death.
Porn to Wrestle
Vanessa Harding was trained by the legendary Dory Funk Jr. and has wrestled and managed in several independent wrestling promotions such as Heartland Wrestling, Ohio Valley Wrestling, Ring of Honor and NWA Florida. She began wrestling for more erotic wrestling groups such as Women’s Extreme Wrestling. That gave her the bug to try her hands at an even more hardcore profession…pornography.
Her stage name in porn is “Elle Cee” and she has filmed several adult titled movies like Momma Knows Best and Milf Lessons. She has also starred in a few B movies such as Hookers in a Haunted House and Blood Sisters: Vamps 2.
Snow Way Out
‘Jammin’ Mitch Snow was a hot up and coming wrestler in the 1980’s that Verne Gagne and the AWA pegged as the future of the company. Snow also wrestled briefly for Jim Crockett Promotions and the failed upstart group called the AWF. Snow never became the big star in pro wrestling that some had him out to be.
Years later, well after his wrestling career was over, Snow became despondent after dealing with several family issues including the death of his beloved father. In 2000, Mitch Snow committed suicide. He was just 34 years old.
In the early 2000’s, two of Puerto Rico’s biggest stars from the IWA (International Wrestling Association) were caught in a sex scandal. One-half of the tag team of Thunder and Lightning was exposed for having an extramarital affair with the tag team’s valet: La Tigresa.
Alex ‘Lightning’ Cruz’s affair with Tigresa was exposed on “Super Xclusivo” (Puerto Rico’s version of TMZ) a highly popular gossip show by none other than Cruz’s wife. The scandal led to Lightning and his wife to divorce and briefly split up the team of Thunder and Lightning.
In 2000, Brian ‘The Blue Meanie’ Heffron was released from the WWE. After his release, Heffron did an interview praising his time with the company. He also stated the only downfall to his WWE tenure was John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield who Heffron characterized as a bully.
Fast forward to 2005 and the Blue Meanie returned to the WWE’s ECW: One Night Stand event. At the end of the pay per view, a kayfabe brawl ensued between ECW and WWE stars. During the course of the staged brawl, Layfield took the opportunity to legitimately start punching Meanie until he was bloodied.
As it turned out, Layfield heard about the interview 5 years prior and saw the brawl as the perfect opportunity to payback the Blue Meanie. It didn’t quite end there in the ring because JBL confronted Meanie backstage as well to tell him the beating was for calling him a bully. Meanie responded by simply asking: “Was I wrong? You’re having a hard time proving me wrong!”
The Blue Meanie did consider legal action, but ended up being rehired by the WWE and worked a program with JBL instead. Today, while the two aren’t exactly the best of friends, they are friendlier to each other and get along.
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