Wrestling with Sin: 132

Brian Damage

This is the 132nd 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.

Vampiro Disappearo

On May 31st, 2010 Vampiro was doing a round of scheduled public appearances to promote Triplemania (Mexican wrestling’s version of Wrestlemania) He was traveling from his home in Guadalajara to Mexico City when he crossed into the town of Michuacan. It was there that Vampiro claims a number of SUV’s blocked his entourage’s path and about 20 men in ski masks held him at gunpoint. Vampiro says he was pistol-whipped, stripped naked and had his hands, feet and eyes duct taped.

He was allegedly put into one of the SUV’s and driven into the mountains. Vampiro was convinced he would be killed as he was allegedly held captive for over 23 hours. The extremely popular wrestler in Mexico was eventually released and left naked in the rough terrain of the mountainside area. Vampiro would later hold a press conference saying that he was kidnapped by members of a drug cartel called the Zetas. The federal police were notified and investigated the incident. No reason was given why Vampiro was targeted but he was a founding member of Mexico’s chapter of the Guardian Angels. (A vigilante group that was founded by Curtis Sliwa in 1979.)

Hayride from Hell

In November of 1968, the wife of popular Tennessee wrestler Jackie Fargo was taking a hayride with friends. The group was drinking and having a good time when the ride was returning to drop Mrs. Fargo back at home. She was met there by her husband Jackie Fargo who allegedly grabbed his wife by her hair and struck her across the face. One of her friends tried to intercede but allegedly was struck in the face. Another friend got up to confront Fargo and allegedly had a .38 caliber pistol pointed at his face.

Jackie Fargo was arrested and charged with domestic battery. No reason was ever given as to why he violently went after his wife but he denied ever pointing a gun at anybody. Fargo was released from jail after posting a $250 bond. The couple would eventually divorce after the incident.

Down the Dwain

Dwain McCullough, that is the correct spelling of his name, wrestled for various promotions including the GWF, USWA and WCW. He was known as the original ‘Awesome Kong’ years before Kia Stevens took over the moniker. He wrestled up until the late 1990s and then virtually disappeared. It turns out Dwain McCullough had gotten in trouble with the law.

McCullough was arrested in his home state of Texas for a number of unspecified charges. Two of which were felonies which placed him in prison until the mid-2000s. While in a Texas penitentiary, McCullough’s health began to deteriorate and, in 2012, he suffered a massive heart attack and died. He was 54 years old.

Just Leave Me Varon

Former WWE and TNA wrestler Lisa Marie Varon went on social media in 2016 to blast an unnamed independent wrestler for whom she was dating briefly. She claimed that this wrestler used her name to get better bookings. She also claimed this wrestler took advantage of her generosity and stole over $20,000 from her. All the while he was cheating on her with another woman.

This isn’t the first time Varon blasted an ex on social media, she did the same thing a few years back when she accused her husband Lee Varon of cheating on her with a mutual female friend. The couple has since divorced. Lisa Marie has since taken down all the disparaging remarks towards that indie wrestler and has moved on to dating another man.

Evangelical Angel

Johnny Lee Clary was a pro wrestler/manager who was trained by the legendary Danny Hodge in Oklahoma. His wrestling moniker was known as ‘Johnny Angel’ and his biggest success came when working for the National Wrestling Federation (NWF) in the 1980s. While Clary was a dastardly heel on camera, behind the scenes Clary was much worse. Johnny Lee Clary was a full-fledged member of the white supremacist group the Ku Klux Klan.

Clary quickly rose up the ranks of the KKK, starting out as a bodyguard to the racist David Duke and ultimately become the Imperial Wizard. He would retire from pro wrestling to focus more on promoting his beliefs by appearing on various talk shows like Morton Downey Jr. show and Oprah Winfrey. Clary would eventually have a change of heart, after many of his beliefs started to clash with the newer, more radical beliefs of the KKK. He would leave the Klan and become an evangelical pastor who would speak out against racism.

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

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