This is the 172nd 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.
Avoid The ‘Roid
Jerry Arotsky wrestled as a jobber in the WWF in the 1980’s as ‘Jerry O’ and ‘Jerry Allen.’ During his short 10 year career, Arotsky defeated ‘Ravishing’ Rick Rude in a dark match and also defeated Randy Savage in the Memphis territory. He died of a heart attack in December of 1995.
At first, it was believed that he had slipped on some ice and hit his head on a car and that is what killed him. Arotsky’s name was revealed as being on the client list of the infamous WWF steroid doctor George Zahorian. His name was allegedly shown on Zahorian’s Fed Ex list numerous times for delivering the illegal drug. Jerry Arotsky was just 32 years old at the time of his death.
Warrior…Come Out and Pay
Jay Hellwig, the brother of the late Jim Hellwig aka The Ultimate Warrior, came out and blasted his former sister-in-law on social media. Jay Hellwig alleges that his brother’s widow Dana was just using the Ultimate Warrior throughout their marriage for money. Jay insisted that the couple were on the rocks the last years of the Warrior’s life because The Warrior was in financial straights.
He says the only reason the Ultimate Warrior agreed to return to WWE after years of bad blood between them was because Warrior needed money. Jay said that Dana was continually threatening to leave the Ultimate Warrior and him signing a legends contract with the company was a last-ditch effort to save his supposed crumbling marriage. After the Warrior died, Dana allegedly capitalized and profited from the Warrior’s death. Dana Warrior has, for the most part, ignored Jay’s accusations.
‘The Shah of ECW’ Hack Meyers was arrested in 2013 for allegedly stealing jewelry and a wallet from a 79-year-old neighbor Meyers had befriended. According to the victim, Meyers would often come into her home and keep her company and sometimes ask to use her phone. One day, Meyers was invited in, asked to use her phone in another room and allegedly stole a box full of jewelry including the woman’s high school class ring.
He was caught and arrested after attempting to sell the stolen items at a local pawn shop. Meyers was charged with grand theft, exploitation of the elderly and dealing in stolen property. He faced a 15-year prison sentence and/or up to a $10,000 fine. Hack Meyers was a regular on the Florida independent circuit and wrestled for Extreme Championship Wrestling from 1993 to 1996. Meyers died in 2015 after suffering complications from brain surgery. He was 41 years old.
A Tribe Called Sex
On the independent wrestling circuit for promotions like NWA Wrestling from Hollywood, Lucha Libre Pro and Championship Wrestling from Arizona, there is a tag team known as ‘The Tribe.’ The Tribe consists of wrestlers The Navajo Warrior and the Hawaiian Lion. The tag team is managed by a woman named Olivia O’Lovely. Before her start in pro wrestling in 2010, O’Lovely was an up and coming, no pun intended, adult film star from 2002 to 2008.
In that time frame, O’Lovely appeared in hundreds of X rated films with titles such as Big Booty Revenge, Bubble Butt Bonanza and Anytime Girls. She was even inducted into the “Urban X Award” Hall of Fame.
During the 1990’s, ‘The Heartbreak Kid’ Shawn Michaels was one of the WWF’s top guys. Because of that, Michaels would often abuse his power and treat others in the company like they were beneath him. On a particular evening in 1995, the Harris twins (Ron and Don Harris) decided they had had enough of Michaels backstage antics and decided to put a scare into him. It was the Harris twins last night with the company before they were to jump ship to ECW.
Since they were already leaving the WWF, they didn’t fear any disciplinary actions against them. The Harris twins entered Shawn’s dressing room where Don Harris closed the door behind him and put a chair against the door so nobody could enter. Ron Harris then shoved Michaels against his locker and grabbed him by the throat. Nothing further occurred other than the Harris twins threatening Michaels to put a scare into him.
After leaving his dressing room, both brothers approached Kevin Nash, Shawn’s best friend, and told him what they did. No other repercussions came out of the incident. Ron and Don would return to the WWF on two more occasions. A brief spell in 1996 and again in 1997 with no reported backlash from the Kliq.
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