This is the 171st 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.
All American Ploy
In 1977, Bob Backlund was leaving the AWA to join the World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF) He had just bought a brand new car and was driving around a small town in Minnesota with Jim Brunzell and Billy Robinson. Backlund had been drinking pretty heavily that night and lost control of his vehicle. He wound up driving off the road and crashing into a telephone pole.
According to Backlund, his head went right through the windshield. A couple of hours went by and the police pulled up to the accident. A bloodied Bob Backlund got out of his car and pretended to look for his keys. He feared that if the police knew he was driving the car drunk…he would be arrested.
Bob Backlund was handcuffed and put in the back of the police cruiser while the two other wrestlers were interrogated on the spot. The police never did find the car keys and both Brunzell and Robinson were uncooperative…so Backlund was released without being arrested. The keys were buried deep in his own pocket.
Wayward From Hayward
Dean Detton was a professional wrestler from the 1930’s to the 1950’s. He won the NWA World heavyweight championship in 1936. Detton would retire from pro wrestling in 1951 and open up his own tavern called the ‘Turf Club’ in Hayward, California. Business for the Turf Club was slow at best and put Detton into some financial holes.
In late 1957, Detton attempted suicide by throwing himself in front of a moving train. He over jumped the tracks and was just grazed by the train. He suffered only minor injuries. Two months later in February of 1958, Dean Detton hung himself in the backroom of his bar. His body was discovered by his wife and son. No suicide note was left at the scene. Dean Detton was just 49 years old at the time of his death.
The Wight Way and the Wrong Way
In June of 1998, WCW was holding a show at the Nassau Coliseum. After the show, Paul Wight aka The Giant arrived at the nearby Marriott hotel to check in. A large group of fans had gathered in the lobby to take pictures and get autographs. According to the hotel personnel, the majority of fans were well behaved, except one in particular. This fan decided to call Wight a bunch of names and give Wight the DX crotch chop.
Paul Wight ignored most of this fan’s heckling and even turned his back on the fan. After continuous chiding, Wight faced the heckling fan and started walking towards him. The fan allegedly lunged at Wight to throw a punch, but Wight struck first. Paul Wight punched the fan once in the face knocking him out cold. The fan suffered a fractured jaw and wound up suing both Wight and the Marriott hotel. Paul Wight counter-sued but, in the end, the case was thrown out of court.
Romeo, Romeo Underwear thou Art Romeo
Former WCW Power Plant graduate and wrestler ‘Kid Romeo’ was one-half of the ill-fated WCW Cruiserweight tag team champions along with Elix Skipper back in 2001. Before Kid Romeo donned a pair of wrestling trunks, he wore a thong as a male exotic dancer.
The Montreal Screw
Carol and Danny McAlear are a suburban Canadian couple with three kids who own a portion of the Montreal based wrestling promotion called International Wrestling Syndicate. Former alumni that have wrestled for the IWS include current WWE stars Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn. Danny and Carol aren’t your typical pro wrestling promoters.
They are swingers, who also own a multi-million dollar adult entertainment empire. Carol McAlear is also known as ‘Carol Cox’ who stars in hundreds of porn videos the couple distributes. Through Carol and Danny’s connections, the IWS employs several current porn stars into their wrestling shows including names like ‘Hottie Hollie’ and ‘Elsa Bangz.’
In 2006, while vacationing at his Florida home, Vince McMahon went to a tanning salon called Tanzabar. After finishing his tanning session, McMahon allegedly asked a 22-year-old female employee to take a picture of him post tan. The female employee then alleged that McMahon began showing her semi-nude and nude photos of himself. The woman claims she was turned off and handed McMahon back his cell phone.
She then alleges that McMahon started groping her and attempted to lift up her skirt. She screamed at him and asked him to leave which McMahon apparently did. She claimed that McMahon sat in his car in the parking lot for the next 20-30 minutes. She would later call the police and accuse McMahon of sexual misconduct. The charges were eventually dropped.
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