This is the 125th 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.
November to Never Remember
In November of 1999, before a WCW Thunder event at State College at Penn State’s Bryce Jordan Center, WCW suffered not one but two separate embarrassing incidents. First up was wrestler Jerry Flynn who was pulled over in the downtown area. Police administered a breathalyzer test and discovered Flynn was driving while intoxicated. He was arrested and had to pay a $5,000 bond to be released.
The second incident was a little more serious and it involved luchador Juventud Guerrera. Police noticed Guerrera driving erratically and like Flynn was pulled over. Juvi, however decided to try and flee police and ran a few stop signs to get away. He was eventually caught and was held by police at gunpoint. Juventud was also arrested for DUI and was later released after posting a $10,000 bond.
You’re so Vaine
Krissy Vaine was a former WWE developmental talent that was called up to the Smackdown brand in 2007. The WWE had big plans for her, but she and her boyfriend, fellow developmental wrestler Ryan O’Reilly abruptly quit the company. Rumors started to swirl that Vaine and O’Reilly had both quit due to personal family issues, it was also speculated that Vaine had quit the WWE due to her boyfriend going to work on Raw while she was sent to Smackdown. Vaine vehemently denied those rumors citing that the real reasons was the pressure for to succeed on the main roster felt too great.
While that may explain her departure, it didn’t exactly explain O’Reilly’s. Some have accused Krissy Vaine of being a habitual dater, meaning she dated a few men on the roster to possibly advance her own career. For example, Vaine had been in a relationship with former WWE developmental wrestler and current Impact wrestler Kevin Matthews. Once he was released by the WWE, Vaine had allegedly dumped him and started dating O’Reilly.
Vaine has been adamant that her departure was due to the overall stress to become a WWE Diva. She says she became addicted to the anti-depressant drug Xanax while wrestling in developmental. She also says she started going to plastic surgeons to try and bolster her looks so she could compete with other, younger wannabe Divas. She also reportedly had a bad attitude with her allegedly getting into confrontations with other women in the developmental system including Michelle McCool. Vaine feared that everything bad that was happening to her in developmental would just become increasingly bigger on the main roster, so she quit. Her and O’Reilly eventually married and he did return to the WWE where he currently works as Konnor from the tag team the Ascension.
One Angry Ladd
In 1977, Ernie ‘the Cat’ Ladd was leaving the Florida territory and was asked by then promoter Eddie Graham to do the “time honored tradition” of losing his last match to Rocky Johnson. Ladd agreed, but on one condition: the match was not to be taped. Ladd had feared that if the match with him losing to Johnson were aired on television, it may hurt his asking price in other territories. Graham had allegedly agreed to Ladd’s terms and the match between him and Rocky Johnson went on as scheduled.
During the course of the match, Ladd noticed a camera filming his match from the balcony. Feeling that Eddie Graham reneged on the deal, Ladd walked out in the middle of the match causing him to be counted out, instead of being pinned. Ladd then grabbed his gear and headed home. Around 2am, while at home, Ladd received a phone call from Jack Brisco who had a small ownership stake in Graham’s territory. Brisco asked to meet with Ladd at the Tampa office to discuss what happened in his match with Johnson earlier. Ladd agreed to meet with Brisco right then and there.
When Ladd pulled up to the office, he noticed Jack Brisco had been drinking a bit and was slightly intoxicated. He also wasn’t alone as his brother Jerry was with him. It became quickly apparent the meeting was nothing but a set up. The Brisco brothers started yelling and screaming at Ladd, demanding he make things right with management. Before too long, Jack Brisco tried to take the 7 foot tall Ladd out by his legs. Luckily for Ladd, he had grabbed a tire iron from his car when he saw both Brisco brothers in front of the office.
He wound up using it as a weapon, hitting both Briscos in the head with it and knocking them out. Seeing the Briscos unconscious and bleeding from the head, Ladd panicked and put both Brisco brothers in the trunk of his car. He then drove to a nearby hospital and dumped them in the hospital parking lot before taking off.
Fortunately, both Brisco brothers only suffered concussions and stitches but otherwise were okay. When police came to the hospital to question the brothers about the incident, Jack and Jerry covered it up. As it was a tradition back then to keep wrestling matters between the wrestlers and not involve anybody from the outside.
In the summer of 1986, ‘Gentleman’ Chris Adams was finishing up a tour of Puerto Rico. While on an American Airlines flight back to Dallas, Texas, the plane was experiencing some engine issues so headed back to Puerto Rico. After a long delay, the plane was ready to take off again. The problem was, Adams had become completely inebriated.
While a flight attendant was asking Adams to return to his seat, he allegedly refused. According to court documents, Adams had started yelling at the flight attendant. He was telling her: ‘Do you know who I am? I make 25 times the money you do, and no one like you is going to tell me what to do!’ The co-pilot of the flight came in to try and resolve the situation but was allegedly headbutted by Adams for his troubles. Years later, Adams denied headbutting the pilot, saying he only pushed him.
Regardless, Adams was arrested and taken off the plane. He was eventually found guilty of misdemeanor assault and sentenced to 90 days in jail. The arrest caused Adams to lose his job with World Class Championship Wrestling due to the bad publicity.
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