This is the 116th 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.
Ole Anderson was a wrestler/booker that never hid his hatred for other people. Many times he got away with saying things because of the power he usually had in the front office. There were other times, however, that he got himself in trouble. For instance, former wrestler Rocky King recalled a night when Ole Anderson was looking for a chair to sit in to watch a show. With no chairs visibly available, Ole took it upon himself to walk up to a black wrestler named ‘Pistol’ Pez Whatley. Ole stood over Whatley and said, “I’ll just take this nigger’s chair.”
Pez Whatley got up and started punching Ole Anderson repeatedly in the face and stomach. The two exchanged blows but it was believed that Whatley got the best of Anderson in the fight. In a bit of irony, Pez and Ole were friends before the confrontation and remained somewhat friends after the confrontation. Pez hated Ole’s racism but respected the fact that Ole was up front with his racist comments while others were more sneaky and backhanded.
Isao Takagi was a Japanese pro wrestler who wrestled under the name of ‘Arashi.’ He teamed with the likes of Giant Baba and Keiji Mutoh (Great Muta) during his career. In the Summer of 2006, Takagi was pulled over by police in Tokyo for a routine traffic stop. The passenger in Takagi’s car admitted to police that there was Marijuana in the trunk on Takagi’s vehicle. Upon further investigation, police found 2.9 grams of marijuana in his trunk and Takagi was subsequently arrested for possession.
All Japan president Keiji Mutoh held an impromptu press conference after the arrest and announced that Takagi would be forever banished from wrestling with the company ever again. In Japan, there is a zero tolerance policy for using drugs in any way. Isao Takagi was sentenced to three years in prison but only served a small portion of that before being released. Takagi’s wrestling career would resume but never fully recovered after his arrest.
He Left his Heart in San Francisco.
Solofa Fatu, better known as WWE Hall of Famer Rikishi, was just starting out in pro wrestling in 1987. While he was sitting in his car in a rough area of San Francisco, a drive by shooting was taking place. Fatu was hit in the abdomen and began losing a large amount of blood. He was rushed to the hospital where he was clinically dead for over 3 minutes. The doctors were able to revive him by shocking his heart multiple times. He still has the scar running up his stomach from that fateful day.
Former ECW and WWE wrestler, the late Nicole Bass used Twitter to show topless pics of herself and advertise her side business of doing “sessions.” While these sessions did not involve sex as far as we can tell, they did involve Nicole using her muscular physique to dominate men and/or women by overpowering them physically and verbally.
They were primarily for fetish purposes and while the cost of one of these sessions is unknown they would last approximately 30 minutes. Nicole had been doing quite a bit of them for a number of years before her health declined in 2016 and her death.
Are You Ready for some Football? Well, maybe Not…
In 2014, wrestlers Konnan, Rey Mysterio Jr and MVP attended an NFL game in San Diego. While going through a security checkpoint, a female who was with the wrestlers was told she couldn’t bring a certain bag into the stadium. According to Konnan, he volunteered to take the bag back to his car and that is when things get a bit fuzzy. Konnan claimed that security prevented him leaving the area and Konnan got agitated.
Konnan began being rude and belligerent to the security detail so the police were called in. Konnan allegedly continued to be uncooperative with the police and the police searched Konnan and found some weed in his possession. Konnan was handcuffed but claimed to put up a bit of resistance to the cops. MVP allegedly began screaming at the cops to take it easy on Konnan and was almost arrested himself in the process.
When things calmed down, MVP began taking pics of Konnan’s arrest with Mysterio posing in the shots. The pics were posted to Instagram and Twitter. Konnan was sent to the police station but was later released and no further charges were filed against him.
Lanny Poffo proudly admits that he was never arrested, never did recreational drugs, although he did dabble with steroids in 1989, and stayed away from most of the backstage locker room drama. What Lanny does admit to in several interviews is his uncanny ability to “pleasure” himself. Poffo brags that he was blessed with a rather large body part and that as a former gymnast and contortionist, he can give himself fellatio.
Lanny says he made the discovery when he was just 9 years old and has been doing it to himself ever since. He says he would teach his girlfriends the proper way to go down on him by going down on himself.
You can read all previous ‘Wrestling with Sin’ pieces here.