This is the 120th 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.
During the dying days of the Memphis territory, the USWA booker Randy Hales took an overweight journeyman named Michael Imburgia and transformed him into their next big star. He was dubbed “The Macho Warrior” Ric Hogan, a hybrid of various big name wrestlers during that time. The Macho Warrior Ric Hogan went on to become the USWA champion by defeating theMemphis legend Jerry ‘the King’ Lawler.
After the USWA folded, Michael Imburgia left pro wrestling and became a club DJ. He was arrested in June of 2002 on 10 counts of pandering sexually oriented material involving a minor. In other words, he was watching and buying child pornography.
Somebody Call Her Mama
Ariane Andrew aka ‘Cameron’ in her WWE days was arrested in 2012 on suspicion of drunk driving. Ariane was not only arrested for the DUI, but according to the arresting officers, allegedly offered a bribe to the cops. In the police report, Ariane offered the police $10,000 dollars if they would let her go and didn’t list the WWE as her then employer in an attempt for the company not to find out about the arrest.
Ariane Andrew eventually pleaded not guilty to the charges but the WWE did suspend her 15 days and was nearly released by the company for her actions. WWE management were less upset about the DUI and more upset with her attempts to try and cover it up. Ariane was eventually released in 2016.
Si Something, Say Something
Arturo Casco was a Mexican luchador who wrestled under the moniker of La Fiera (The Beast) He was considered by many to be one of the most technically gifted wrestlers of his era. As a matter of fact, the late, great Mitsuharu Misawa handpicked Casco to be his first opponent when Misawa wrestled in Mexico. La Fiera also helped train Misawa when he wrestled south of the border.
Towards the end of Casco’s career, he was heavily into drugs allegedly both using them and dealing them. On September 12th, 2010, Arturo Casco was stabbed 5 times in the chest and stomach and left for dead. Reports were the stabbings were so violent, part of his stomach was ripped out of his body. Arturo Casco was just 49 years old. It is still unclear who killed him and why.
The Jannetty Jackhammer
Early in 2017, Marty Jannetty posted on Facebook that he was approached by a big name porn company to do 3 movies. He claims he was offered $150,000 to star in the porn films. While he never mentioned the company by name, he did say he was seriously considering the offer.
There was something that was holding him back, in the post he said: “My family could see that…My thought is, why is my family watching porn then going to judge me?” Marty Jannetty then asked his fans what they thought about the idea of Jannetty doing adult movies. No word what his decision is or was.
You can read all previous ‘Wrestling with Sin’ pieces here.