This is the 124th 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.
A Mess in Texas
At a WWE house show event in El Paso, Texas in 2006, the wife and valet of Booker T, Sharmell, got into a drag out, pull apart fight with WWE Diva Melina. Apparently, the fight started over Melina’s relationship with Dave Batista. As you recall, Booker T and Batista themselves had a fist fight in the locker room area.
The fight had apparently got so out of control, John Bradshaw Layfield had to step in and break it up. Melina was sent to “wrestler’s court” – a way for the wrestlers to police themselves – and the Undertaker was the judge. Melina’s poor attitude was brought up and the court decided her fate. No word what the Undertaker ruled on Melina’s situation.
Fight for What’s Right
Back when Japanese stars Minoru Suzuki and Masakatsu Funaki were trainees in the New Japan Dojo in 1988, the two wrestlers got into a bar fight with a few other patrons. They were subsequently arrested for the bar fight. The New Japan Dojo was informed of their arrest and had to face the promotion’s hierarchy for punishment. It was believed that Suzuki was the instigator in the fight and was facing termination by New Japan Pro Wrestling.
Funaki, who was believed to have been spared dismissal, stepped forward and said if Suzuki gets fired then he should be fired as well. Ultimately, in the end, both Suzuki and Funaki were spared termination for their crime. The two wrestlers would become very good friends behind the scenes.
Pop A Wheelie
Pro Wrestler Dick the Bruiser, promoter Jim Burnett and the Cincinnati Gardens were sued by a woman who suffered from Polio. The lawsuit alleged that during a wrestling match, Dick the Bruiser and his opponent fought into the stands. It was there that the Bruiser allegedly grabbed the Wheelchair that woman was in and pushed it into his opponent.
The woman claimed that because of the incident, she suffered bruising on her legs and emotional shock. She sued Dick the Bruiser, his promoter and the arena because she claimed she suffered for weeks after the initial incident. She was seeking compensation for her medical bills and emotional stress totaling $25,140. No word on what the outcome was of the lawsuit.
Oh It’s True! It’s Damn True! Woooo!
Between the years 1990 to 1998, ‘The Nature Boy’ Ric Flair was allegedly stalked relentlessly by a woman from Michigan named Deann Siden. She would allegedly follow him from town to town and leave him threatening and harassing phone messages. Siden claimed that she gave birth to Flair got her pregnant and she conceived a daughter out of wedlock. Siden would eventually be arrested in that case.
Fast forward to 2003, Siden began stalking another wrestler, this time it was the Olympic gold medalist Kurt Angle. Siden did the same things she did with Flair by following Angle from town to town. This time, however, Siden became more daring as she started making harassing phone calls to not only Kurt Angle but to his then wife Karen. She allegedly threatened to kill Karen who was pregnant at the time and threatened their other children as well.
Deann Siden was arrested yet again for stalking and harassment. In an ironic twist of fate, Kurt Angle would admit that he did have an affair with Siden that led to the stalking. Karen and Kurt would eventually divorce in 2008. No word on the whereabouts of Deann Siden today.
Former student of Shawn Michaels and a three time WWE tag team champion Lance Cade seemingly battled an addiction to drugs his entire career. In 2008, while traveling with the WWE, Cade suffered a seizure on the plane. The seizure was believed to have been caused by an overdose of drugs in his system. Lance Cade would be released by the WWE because of his addiction.
He would be rehired in 2009, but again was released a short time later, possibly because of his drug issues. In August of 2010, Lance Cade would die from heart failure. An autopsy was conducted and Cade had a lethal mix of drugs in his system that had a hand in his death. Lance Cade was just 29 years old.
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