This is the 134th 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.
In the early morning hours of March 11th, 1934, pro wrestler Jack ‘the Fox’ Reynolds, his wife Alice and a friend David Polinsky went to a cafe. During their time there, the trio got into an altercation with a man named James Meyers. A brawl broke out and Reynolds pulled out a gun.
Reynolds would shoot Meyers during the melee and Meyers would die from his wounds. Jack Reynolds, his wife and friend were all arrested and charged with second-degree murder. The case went to trial and it was determined that Reynolds acted in self-defense and was acquitted of the murder charges.
One Night in Fresno…
In February of 1986, WWF wrestlers Roddy Piper, Don Muraco and Bob Orton were drinking and partying the night away after a show in Fresno, California. After one bar closed, the trio went to another bar to continue the party. The problem was that bar was closing. Piper became angry and allegedly assaulted a man in the bar by picking him off his stool and slamming him to the floor. The wrestlers then drove through a railroad gate and stalled out on the tracks. After unsuccessfully trying to remove their rental car off the tracks, the group left the car behind and headed to their hotel.
When back at the hotel, the Fresno police showed up to question the three wrestlers about the numerous incidents that took place. Roddy Piper refused to talk and would be arrested for public intoxication while Muraco was left alone. Bob Orton was a completely different story as when police went to talk to him, he was completely nude, drunk and belligerent. Orton would challenge the police to a fist fight. The cops detained Orton by using a stun gun on him twice. Piper and Orton were released the next day and they continued on the WWF’s tour of the west coast.
What’s Beating Gilbert?
While the late ‘Hot Stuff’ Eddie Gilbert was booking the Global Wrestling Federation (GWF) in Texas in 1991, a wrestler named Jeff Gaylord paid him a visit after hours at the Dallas Sportatorium. Gaylord wanted to speak with Gilbert privately about some issues he was having about not being booked on GWF shows. Gilbert began explaining to Gaylord the reasoning behind the lack of bookings (Supposedly due to Gaylord being late to a number of shows) when Jeff Gaylord suckered punched Gilbert knocking him to the floor. Others intervened and broke things up.
A few years later, Eddie Gilbert contends the real reason why Gaylord attacked him wasn’t because of not being booked by the GWF, it was because Gaylord was paid $1,000 by a promoter named Gordon Scozzari to do it. Gordon Scozzari was the owner and promoter of the short-lived American Wrestling Federation (AWF) in the Northeast. Allegedly, Gilbert was wired $5,000 by Scozzari to book the AWF television tapings and no-showed the event. Scozzari allegedly sent Jeff Gaylord to Texas to “send a message” to Gilbert. This accusation was vehemently denied by the late Scozzari, saying Gaylord acted on his own and was high on drugs when he attacked Gilbert. The only connection Scozzari apparently had in that incident was Gaylord was wearing an AWF t-shirt during the attack.
According to Eddie Gilbert, he got his payback on Scozzari when Gilbert’s then-wife wrestler/valet Madusa Miceli invited Scozzari to a WCW taping. When Scozzari went backstage at the taping, Madusa greeted him with a punch/slap of her own as payback for the Gilbert attack.
The Great Folly
A bloody riot broke out at a charity wrestling event at the Tau Devi Lal Stadium in India in 2010. The reason? Former WWE star and national icon ‘The Great Khali’ no-showed the event after being heavily advertised for weeks. Before Khali is to be blamed for the incident, his representatives said that he had a scheduling conflict and informed the promoter of the event D.S. Babbar 10 days in advance.
Not only did Khali tell Babbar that he couldn’t make the event, he refunded Babbar his money. Despite having this information, Babbar decided to keep it secret and continued to advertise the Great Khali for the event. When it was announced the day of the event that he wouldn’t be there, several violent riots broke out inside the stadium.
The promoter D.S. Babbar admitted that he lied and withheld information from the fans to garner more ticket sales. Babbar was arrested and charged with cheating and criminal breach of trust.
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