This is the 114th 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.
Russian to Judgement
Vladimir Petrov (real name Al Blake) was a wrestler briefly brought into Jim Crockett Promotions to team with Ivan Koloff and Dick Murdoch. At the tail end of 1987, Blake was allegedly arrested for trafficking cocaine. He was sentenced to a jail sentence of 10-20 years but was released after 5 years. He briefly attempted a comeback in wrestling as a jobber for the WWF but has since left the business altogether.
Making a Splash
Independent wrestler Mikey G. aka Michael Gordon may look familiar to WWE fans. He jobbed to Braun Strowan on an episode of Monday Night Raw in 2016 under the alias of “Steven Splash.” Aside from wrestling, Mikey G is also a stand-up comedian. Mikey G was booked for a comedy club in St. Louis, Missouri but according to him, the owner of the club began screwing with him.
First, the club advertised free admission to his gig only to start charging patrons $5 to get in. Then the club owner allegedly started messing with Mikey G’s pay for the night. Being fed up, Mikey G. admittedly exploded and started smashing drinking glasses from off the bar. The comedy club manager took out his cell phone to take a picture of Mikey G’s rental car when Mikey G. grabbed the phone out of the manager’s hand and smashed it into the ground.
The police were called and Mikey G. was arrested. After being released from police custody, Mikey G. left the state vowing never to return. If he does, he will most likely be arrested again.
Kulka-mania Running Wild!
Glenn Kulka was a former defensive end in the Canadian Football League that signed a 3-year developmental deal with the WWF back in 1997. He trained with the Hart family and even had a dark match with another young developmental wrestler named Adam Copeland aka “Edge.” Glenn Kulka has been no stranger to the wrong side of the law for several years.
In 1992, Kulka was arrested for cocaine possession and had to pay a fine of $300. In 2000, Kulka was arrested for driving under the influence and causing a 4 car pile up. He was able to get the charges dismissed despite him being over twice the legal limit because the breathalyzer test was administered after he was arrested instead of at the accident scene.
In 2012, Kulka was arrested for assault after getting into an argument with a Spa owner and grabbing the much smaller man by the throat and throwing him to the ground. Kulka plead guilty to that charged and was spared jail time. Glenn Kulka admits to being a former abuser of steroids while playing football and wrestling. He also admits being a recovering drug addict and alcoholic saying he spent thousands upon thousands of dollars on cocaine, Ecstasy and booze.
Kulka also revealed that in 2000, he put a 16 gauge shotgun in his mouth to kill himself after being released by the WWF and his life reeling from drug abuse but decided not to after seeing his dog. Kulka is now a personal trainer and motivational speaker in the Ontario area.
Sky’s the Limit
Former TNA Knockout Velvet Sky was dating in both real life and storyline former TNA star Chris Sabin. The two were a legitimate couple for a couple of years. Rumor has it, and I stress RUMOR, Velvet Sky started falling for Chris Sabin’s storyline nemesis Bully Ray in real life and Sky and Ray either had an affair that led to their breakup or Sky simply dumped Sabin for Bully Ray.
Either way, Velvet Sky and Bully Ray started dating almost immediately after her legit break up from Sabin. The break up was nowhere near amicable as evidence on Twitter. Chris Sabin tweeted that he wanted to get his Twitter account verified and asked how to go about it. Velvet Sky sub-Tweeted him and wrote how she finds people like that pathetic. Sabin would tweet back to Velvet Sky: “Why talk shit? Just leave me alone.”
Cocoa Samoa was a Samoan-born wrestler who competed in various territories across the country as well as Japan. Cocoa lived the life of a pro wrestler while on the road as he estimated once that he fathered 11 children from 9 different women. Some of which he never met in his lifetime.
When he wasn’t wrestling, Cocoa Samoa worked as an enforcer for a powerful drug dealer. Cocoa Samoa claimed he only collected money that was owed to the dealer by various clients. He never specified if he had to seriously hurt or even kill people who didn’t pay. Cocoa Samoa was eventually arrested for his crimes and sent to prison for a number of years. He was released and became a preacher and helped homeless people in his later years.
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