This is the 130th 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.
Charles Eastman was a wrestler who went by the name of ‘Gorilla Grubmeyer’ in the 1930’s and 1940’s. Gorilla Grubmeyer wrestled mainly in the mid western portion of the United States. On May 20th, 1944, Eastman went to his in laws home in Michigan where he confronted his wife Geraldine. Geraldine had just returned from Chicago where she was filing divorce papers. Eastman forced his wife by gunpoint to her parent’s basement. It was there where he shot his wife to death. Geraldine Eastman was just 27 years old.
After murdering his wife, Eastman turned the gun on himself, but the gun was apparently out of bullets….so Eastman decided to hang himself right next to his wife’s body. The couple had a 15-month-old child they left behind.
Lord Alfred Haze
Many fans will remember the late Lord Alfred Hayes as the lovable old British WWF announcer and perennial sidekick. Back in the early 1980s, Hayes was a lot more than just a guy with a microphone and a jolly laugh. Hayes was apparently a bit wild behind the scenes. According to some wrestlers, Hayes was very well endowed and wasn’t shy to show it off. He would proudly walk with it hanging out in the locker room. According to Roddy Piper, many newcomers to the WWF were hazed by Lord Alfred.
New wrestlers were asked to close their eyes and stick out their hands. When the new wrestler would do that, Hayes would place his penis in their hands. Roddy Piper nearly quit the WWF because of that hazing stunt. He asked Vince McMahon if the WWF stood for the World Wrestling Fa–ots?
To Beat or Not to Beat
During Wrestlemania 33 weekend in Orlando, Florida, independent wrestler John Yurnet aka ‘Mr. 450’ was accused of domestic violence by his girlfriend. His girlfriend claims that the two had an argument and Yurnet threw her belongings out of their hotel room. When she was leaving, she claims Yurnet grabbed her by the neck and began choking her.
The girlfriend then claimed that she managed to get into an elevator, but Yurnet followed her to her car and he ripped off her driver’s side mirror. Orlando police were called and were investigating the incident. No warrant for his arrest was made immediately because of lack of evidence. Mr. 450 John Yurnet claims the couple did have a verbal argument but it never escalated into physical violence.
Weight a Minute
Michelle McCool was the first ever WWE Divas champion as well as a former 2 time WWE Women’s champion. McCool was rumored to have carried on an affair with The Undertaker Mark Calaway while he was married to his second wife Sara. Those rumors were never proven true or false for that matter.
In 2006, it was reported that McCool was hospitalized and in grave condition. McCool claimed her illness was due to water intoxication and a severe loss of sodium in her body. It was reported by Bryan Alvarez of the Wrestling Observer that McCool had become addicted to diet pills and almost died from taking too many.
Michigan independent wrestler Joe “J.J.” Carson was savagely gunned down in a Walmart parking lot in Owooso, Michigan in early 2017. Carson and a friend went to the Walmart lot to allegedly sell some marijuana to a person they got in touch with on Craigslist.
Two men showed up and allegedly opened fire on Carson and his friend killing them both before taking off with Marijuana and cash in a robbery/murder set up. J.J. Carson was only 31 years old. The two suspects were eventually caught and arrested in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
In January of 2000, luchador Multifacético was at a Cantina/bar in Mexico City. He had some sort of confrontation with an individual who was allegedly part of a gang in that area. Multifacético was brutally beaten and left for dead in the bar. He later died from his injuries. This was the second wrestler to die while actively wrestling under the mask of Multifacético. Another died a year prior in an automobile accident.
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