This is the 106th 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.
Back in 1993, while on the road for Eastern Championship Wrestling, Taz went to the motel to chill out and relax while his fellow wrestlers went out to drink. When Taz went to the lobby to get ice, a van pulled up with what looked like a bunch of young, drunk kids. The group of young men stumbled into the motel and started giving the receptionist a hard time yelling and berating her.
Having seen enough, Taz confronted the group of drunks and asked what their problem was. One of them got into Taz’s face and asked if there was a problem. Tommy Dreamer walked in around that time and saw Taz outnumbered and immediately jumped in and he and Taz started pushing and shoving the drunks. The local police were called and they were able to break up the wrestlers and drunk kids before an all-out brawl broke out.
Not long after the confrontation, Taz was flipping channels and turned to MTV. He immediately recognized one of the people being interviewed on MTV as someone who he and Dreamer confronted earlier in the week. It turned out to be the band ‘Green Day.’
Take it to the Benkei
While wrestling for Calgary Stampede in 1990, Japanese wrestler Kensuke Sasaki known in Canada as ‘Benkei Sasaki’ went against a wrestler named Mike Lozansky. Lozansky made his name mostly wrestling in Mexico but was a former trainee of Stu Hart’s Dungeon.
During their match, Sasaki decided to “shoot” on the young Lozansky and began roughing him up. The beating got so bad that Sasaki actually knocked Lozansky out cold. One of Lozansky’s friends was Dan Kroffat, he became so enraged by what Sasaki did that two got into a fight in the locker room. Kroffat who was a mainstay in Japan promised to return the favor once he and Sasaki got back to the Land of the Rising Sun. No word if anything else came of that initial confrontation.
Mario Galento was a wrestler from the 1960’s and 70’s who was quite the eccentric character. Galento often broke off script or “kayfabe” to do things the way he wanted them done. One time, Galento was raised above an arena in a shark cage while his real-life wife Smokey Galento had a match. A fan kept calling her a whore and other names. Once the match ended, Galento jumped out of the cage and attacked the fan.
Another infamous incident took place in 1973, in Memphis during a TV taping match between Jerry Jarrett and Jerry Lawler. Galento did an unscripted run in and legitimately attacked Jarrett. Realizing it wasn’t a part of the show, the then heel Jerry Lawler came to the aide of his TV rival. As a means not to break kayfabe, Lawler justified saving Jarrett by saying Galento was crazy and he wanted Jerry Jarrett all for himself. Galento would find himself blacklisted from several territories because of his wild behavior.
Bang-Her and Nash
In September of 2015, WWE Hall of Famer Kevin Nash’s Twitter account showed a picture of a nude woman sprawled on a bed. The pic was later removed and Nash would respond by saying that his Twitter account was somehow hacked.
The woman, ironically was a fitness model named Jennifer Micheli and someone that Kevin Nash knew. As a matter of fact, when Nash first joined Twitter, Micheli was one of the first to greet him and welcome him. The two have re-tweeted each other’s tweets a few times in the past as well.
Was Nash’s Twitter account really hacked or was something more scandalous going on between Nash and Micheli? What we do know is that Nash has been married to his wife Tamara for over 29 years. In those 29 years, there has been heavy speculation that Nash was unfaithful with an alleged affair with Nitro Girl Chae.
¿Quién es El Patron?
Alberto El Patron aka Alberto Del Rio in the WWE was arrested over New Year’s Eve weekend after an alleged nightclub brawl involving him and his brother, fellow wrestler Guillermo “El Hijo Dos Caras” Rodriguez in Austria. The details have been sketchy as to how and why the brawl started, but it resulted in a nightclub attendee getting hospitalized. Reports also say that while both Del Rio and his brother were at the police station, the two got into a fist fight with each other with Guillermo ending up injured in the fracas. Both Del Rio and his brother were eventually released and sent back home.
This, of course, isn’t the first incident that landed Alberto in hot water since his release from the WWE there have been several. Alberto got into a physical altercation with a luchador named Alan Xtreme because Del Rio thought the luchador touched his fiancee Paige in an inappropriate manner. Alberto was said to have gotten the best of Alan Xtreme in that fight.
There was also an incident in San Antonio, Texas where Alberto was allegedly stabbed by a fan after getting into a fight with him over the fan allegedly “disrespecting” his girlfriend Paige. The injuries were not life-threatening, but Alberto did have to miss a booking because of it.
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