This is the 176th 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.
Unhappy Wife…Happy Life
Ray ‘The Crippler’ Stevens got married at the tender age of 17 years old. His wife was the professional wrestler named Therese Theis who was 21 years old at the time. Stevens was said to be a carefree guy but had a very jealous streak about him. One time, he spied on his wife who went bowling with a male friend. As the friends were driving home, Stevens ran the car off the road and attacked the male companion, beating him up.
He then grabbed his wife, threw her into his car and drove off. Steven and Theis would eventually divorce and he would remarry a woman named Carol a few years later. One day, Stevens said he was going out and didn’t return for over a year and a half. Stevens was actually shocked that his second wife filed for divorce despite not being in contact with her for that long.
Dead Man Tells No Tales
Very early in the Undertaker’s WWF career, he met and became friends with a 16-year-old future porn megastar named Jenna Jameson. They met at a tattoo shop that Jameson used to hang out at in Las Vegas. According to Jameson, the friendship quickly turned sour when the Undertaker became increasingly jealous of the people she was hanging around with.
Jameson claims that the Undertaker would often frequent the club she was dancing at and if a man offered to buy her a drink, he would threaten them and scare them off. When the Undertaker found out that she had a boyfriend, he allegedly said to her:
“I’m going to kick your boyfriend’s ass and take you away with me.”
Jameson says she looked into his eyes and saw that he was deadly serious and that scared her off. She apparently avoided the Undertaker for years after that. Rumors were that Vince McMahon wanted to hire Jameson to be Val Venis’ valet and manager but Jameson only agreed to do one vignette with Venis and turned down Vince’s offer so as not to run into the Undertaker again.
Mistake on the Lake
After a very bitter and costly divorce from his third wife in 1990, Harley Race began drinking heavily. One summer day of that year, Harley took his boat out on the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. He was drinking all day and was completely drunk when his vessel slammed into another boat.
Race was arrested and charged with Boating While Intoxicated. Several of the passengers on the other boat were injured and sued Harley. Most settled out of court but one female passenger took her case to trial and was awarded $250,000 in compensatory damages. Between his divorce and the lawsuits, Harley Race filed for bankruptcy afterwards.
José Alfredo Delgado Acosta aka ‘Rey Guerrero’ aka ‘El Maraquero’ was a Mexican luchador who started wrestling in the mid-1980’s to 2011. In 1999, Acosta would become a police officer and moonlight as a luchador. On March 11, 2012, Acosta and his partner responded to a robbery at a grocery store in Ciudad Juarez.
The robbers spotted the officers approaching and opened fire on both of them. Acosta and his partner were killed in the line of duty. Acosta was just 40 years old at the time of his death.
In 1988, ‘The Mouth of the South’ Jimmy Hart was traveling on the road in Florida. He stopped at a local convenience market for gas and some refreshments. While entering the store, Hart walked into an armed robbery in progress. The robber pointed his gun in Hart’s face and demanded his wallet and car keys.
The one-time ex-felon robbed the store and Jimmy Hart of their money and proceeded to get away in Jimmy’s rental car. The robber was eventually apprehended by authorities.
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