Wrestling with Sin: 131

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This is the 131st 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.

When the Brawl Drops

A former independent pro wrestler who went by the moniker of ‘Kid Lightning’ was arrested in 2013 for various offenses including Aggravated Assault on a Police Officer, Aggravated Assault, Simple Assault, Recklessly Endangering Another Person, Resisting Arrest, Harassment, and Disorderly Conduct. The incident took place at a private residence at a New Year’s Eve party. The Lightning Kid was drinking heavily and started acting wild and breaking stuff inside the home.

When a female partygoer asked the wrestler to stop and leave, he allegedly placed the woman in a choke hold making her pass out for about 10 minutes. The police were called and the Lightning Kid went into a wrestling stance and began swing at the officers. The police needed to use a taser to subdue the 270-pound man. It didn’t end there as the wrestler then allegedly started spitting at the EMTs who came to check on him. The Lightning kid had to be restrained on a stretcher and have a police officer escort him in the ambulance.

After being hospitalized, the wrestler was then arrested. He said later on, “I usually don’t get like that. I do have a high respect for police officers. I wasn’t right for doing what I did when I was drunk, but I don’t remember most of it.” He was eventually released from police custody on a $10,000 unsecured bond.

Bobbi Billard Bullied

Bobbi Billard was a model and actress who decided to try her hand at professional wrestling in 2000. She started out wrestling on the independent circuit before quickly getting noticed by the WWE. The company signed her to a developmental deal in 2003. She was assigned to Ohio Valley Wrestling in Louisville, Kentucky.

She began training under WWE stars Ivory and Jackie Moore. According to Billard, she was repeatedly hazed and abused both verbally and physically by both her trainers. On her first day of training, Ivory had allegedly called her to the front of the class and said, “sluts like you all fuck your way to the top” It was Jackie, however, who was the most punishing.

Bobbi alleges that Jackie would get her in the ring and take liberties on her, working extra stiff. It apparently got so bad, that Billard would suffer numerous injuries that would sideline her for weeks at a time. Between the constant verbal and physical assaults, Bobbi Billard would quit the company.

Less Than Sterling

“Dizzy” Sterling Davis was a pro wrestler from the 1930’s and 40’s. Some have said Davis’ flamboyant entrances eventually inspired another wrestler: “Gorgeous George.” By 1974, Davis was retired from the industry. His son Sterling Davis Jr. was arrested on drug charges and jailed in Mexico.

Sterling Davis Sr. concocted a plot to break his son out of the Mexican prison by hiring an ex Vietnam veteran. In 1976, the mercenary for hire and two accomplices freed Sterling Davis Jr. and 13 other American prisoners. Dizzy Davis was eventually arrested by Texas authorities for his involvement in the plot and sentenced to 5 years in jail.

Broken Axl

Brian Knighton, better known as Axl Rotten from his pro wrestling days in ECW and WWE, was found dead in the bathroom of a McDonald’s in Maryland in early 2016. The Chief Medical Examiner determined his death was from a heroin overdose. A small amount of the drug was found in an unmarked pill bottle at the scene as well as a spoon with residue on it on an infant’s changing table.

Axl Rotten had battled the addiction almost his entire professional wrestling career. Axl once admitted that he was fired from the WWE after missing a show due to trying to score some heroin elsewhere. Rotten was just 44 years old at the time of his death.


Angelo Mosca was a former football player turned pro wrestler. During his football days, he was considered a bad boy or a dirty player. Mosca always seemed to have a thing for gambling. When he was in college, Mosca was caught running a gambling ring. After his wrestling career ended, Mosca was allegedly busted yet again at an illegal gambling house in 1999 and thus arrested.

You can read all previous ‘Wrestling with Sin’ pieces here.

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