This is the 122nd 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.
Punching His Ticket to Fame
A young man named Dick Garza was a professional bodybuilder as a teenager. He even won the Mr. Michigan title in his youth. While working out in a gym, notorious pro wrestler and bully Brute Bernard came walking in. Bernard saw the young Garza and decided to try and intimidate him so Bernard could use the equipment.
Bernard growing increasingly impatient struck the youngster. Unflinching, Garza got up and punched the often menacing wrestler and knocked him out cold. Brute Bernard stayed unconscious for roughly 5 minutes. When Bernard came to, he was even angrier and demanded that Garza meet him at his hotel to settle the fight like a man. Garza showed up to the hotel, but Bernard allegedly never did.
Word of the punch out got back to a local wrestling promoter who offered to train Garza in the profession. He agreed and later became known as the “Mighty Igor’ one of the most popular wrestlers of his generation. As for Brute Bernard, the two remained bitter enemies but never faced off ever again.
Trailer Park Slash
Former WWE, WCW, Ring of Honor wrestler and current WWE producer Jamie Noble was involved in a near-fatal road rage incident back in September of 2016. Noble allegedly cut off a motorist while driving back to his home in West Virginia. The motorist followed Noble back to his home where the driver got out and confronted him.
According to Noble, he apologized for the incident but the driver allegedly punched the WWE producer in the face. That started a brawl between the two that went to the ground. Two other passengers from the irate driver’s car got out and jumped Noble stabbing him in the back, shoulder and above his rib cage. The 3 individuals then fled the scene leaving Noble for dead.
Jamie Noble was rushed to the hospital and suffered a collapsed lung as well as losing a great deal of blood. Luckily, Noble recovered and has since returned to work with the WWE. The perpetrators have yet to be caught, but Noble has offered a reward for their arrests.
What’s in Your Wallet?
We all remember all those pictures of wrestlers during the mid-1990’s wearing the ever so stylish “fanny packs.” Apparently, they weren’t just a fashion trend at the time, but also a mini pharmacy. According to former pro wrestler and Kliq member Justin Credible, the much-maligned fanny packs were where the wrestlers stored all of their drugs.
Every wrestler had a different drug stored in their respective pack. For instance, if a wrestler wanted a Xanax they would go see Scott Hall. If a wrestler wanted somas they would go to Shawn Michaels and for other assorted pain killers, Curt Hennig was your man.
Mirror, Mirror Start A Brawl
For the WWE in the early 2000’s, women’s wrestling started taking a back seat to a much different type of female entertainer. With the advent of the “Divas Search” competitions, models were getting big money contracts while long time female wrestlers were seemingly being phased out. This, in turn, created a lot of animosity between the different types of women on the roster.
Case in point, longtime women’s wrestler Lita and WWE Diva Search contestant Candice Michelle. Candice recalls that when she arrived in the company, she had more male wrestler friends than female wrestler friends. One incident in particular summed up what Candice Michelle was going through in her days with the WWE.
Candice was putting on her makeup in a part of the arena that had the best mirrors and lighting. Lita had been struggling to find a place to do her own makeup. When she saw Candice occupying the best area, Lita apparently got jealous and angry. Some words were exchanged and according to Candice, Lita just slapped her and walked away. To the best of our knowledge, that was the last the two interacted with each other backstage and nothing else came of it. The two have since made up.
In 1981, while the two were wrestling in the Carolinas, top babyfaces Ric Flair and Wahoo McDaniel went out to a club called the VIP Lounge in Charlotte after the matches. While partying and having a good time a young lawyer walked up to Flair allegedly spun him around and told him pro wrestling was fake. Flair then allegedly slapped the lawyer three times in the face.
Some of the lawyer’s friends then got involved, which led Wahoo McDaniel to get himself involved as well. McDaniel allegedly punched out the lawyer and a woman then jumped on McDaniel’s back hitting him. McDaniel threw her off his back and allegedly pie-faced the woman. Both Flair and Wahoo were arrested and had to appear in court. They were charged with assault, received suspended sentences and had to pay a small fine and were released.
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