Wrestling With Sin: 178

Brian Damage

This is the 178th 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.

McGurik’s Quirk

In the early 1980’s, former wrestler/promoter Leroy McGuirk was working for Bill Watts Mid South promotion as a color commentator. The man responsible for getting him to the television tapings on time was Jim Ross (The future Good Ol’ JR). McGuirk had a habit of drinking heavily before the tapings and in this one particular incident…it was no different.

Ross picked up the completely blind McGuirk to take him to the taping…when McGuirk handed Jim Ross his travel bag. McGuirk told JR to look inside bag and when Ross did so…he found a bottle of whiskey, cigars and a .44 magnum handgun. When Ross asked why he brought a gun with him…McGuirk replied, “We are going to kill Ted Dibiase.” Confused, Ross asked why and McGuirk said, “Because he is dating my daughter.”

Normally, JR would brush off these type of things from McGuirk because they were usually just drunken rants. This time, however, Leroy McGuirk had a well thought out plan and wanted Ross to take part in it. Luckily, the plan was foiled when Ross in a panic called Bill Watts and told him about it.

Shane O’Tack

When Shane McMahon was 19 years old…he was arrested with two other friends for damaging sixteen mailboxes in and around Greenwich, Connecticut. The police caught the trio of teens five minutes after vandalizing their last mailbox. A case of beer was also found in Shane’s pick up truck.

The teens were charged with 16 separate counts of criminal mischief. One for each mailbox they destroyed. Additionally, Shane was charged with possession of alcohol in a motor vehicle by a minor. All three teens were released to the custody of their parents.

Meaner than A Junk Yard Dog

Before an independent show, The Junkyard Dog “borrowed” about $300 worth of weed from New Jack. JYD promised to pay New Jack back…but never did. Fast forward to ECW’s ‘Wrestlepalooza 1998’ and JYD was scheduled to be a part of the show. New Jack never forgot the money that was owed to him and demanded that JYD either pay up or don’t bother showing up. Despite the threats, JYD did show up and allegedly started taunting New Jack backstage.

JYD and New Jack had to be separated a few times with ECW owner Paul Heyman begging New Jack to be on his best behavior. New Jack obliged…but still wanted JYD to pay him what was owed to him. Junkyard Dog and New Jack continued to taunt each other and that led to New Jack “sucker punching” JYD in the face…busting him open and kneeing him in the groin. JYD also got a few punches in of his own.

Later, when things got cooled off a bit…JYD allegedly apologized and offered to book New Jack on a few indie shows he was booking in New Orleans. New Jack basically told JYD to F -off and pay him what he is owed. The situation was never fully resolved that night and just a month later…JYD was killed in a car accident.

Fifi Foe

When Wendy Barlow aka “Fifi” was hired by WCW back in 1993…she was only the second woman employed by that promotion. The other was Missy Hyatt and according to Barlow…Missy wasn’t happy about it at all. Wendy Barlow claims that Missy became extremely jealous of her not only because she was another female…but because she was immediately paired with Ric Flair.

Hyatt felt that spot with the Nature Boy belonged to her and decided to try to sabotage Wendy’s WCW career. Missy Hyatt would go out of her way to mess with Fifi’s clothes, try to get Fifi’s segments cut from the television tapings and was intentionally rude to Barlow. When all of that didn’t work, Missy went to WCW management and asked to be put in a storyline with Fifi.

Management agreed to it…but people backstage were warning Barlow that if she went ahead with a match with Missy…Missy would work her stiff and try to intentionally hurt her. Barlow then went to management and refused to work with Hyatt and cited her reasons why and the planned match was scrapped.

What is Fong With Her?

Angela Fong aka “Savannah” was a ring announcer and backstage interviewer for WWE programming for about 3 years. In June of 2010, Fong was surprisingly released from the company. According to her, she felt blindsided by the release and was never given a proper explanation.

It was rumored that the real reason Fong was let go by WWE…was because she appeared topless in a small budget movie the year before her release in 2009. At the time, Linda McMahon was running for a senate seat in Connecticut and the company was trying to get as “PG” as it possibly could. Angela Fong was perhaps a casualty because of her nude scenes in that movie.

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

2 thoughts on “Wrestling With Sin: 178

  1. Damn Leroy!!! I wonder what Watts did to calm that particular situation down.

    Heard about that JYD/New Jack story though. Funny stuff, and no I don’t think New Jack had anything to do with JYD’s car accident……I think…..

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