Wrestling With Sin: 184

Brian Damage

This is the 184th 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.

Here Kitty…Kitty…Kitty

Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler met an 18-year-old lady by the name of Stacy Carter at a charity softball game in 1989. The two were instantly attracted to each other and allegedly carried on an affair for a couple of years. At the time, Lawler had been married to a woman named Paula since 1982.

The extramarital affair led to Lawler getting a divorce from Paula and Carter ultimately moved in with ‘the King’. The pair would eventually get married. Ironically, as we have already covered in the Sin series, Carter would have an affair on Lawler breaking up their marriage.

Don’t Piss Him Off

Billy Robinson was considered by many to be one of the toughest wrestlers of his era. Robinson would often challenge other wrestlers to fights if they were considered legitimately tough. In most cases, Robinson usually was on the winning end of things. One night, however, Robinson met his match in the form of ‘Sailor’ Ed White.

The two went to a bar and were drinking pretty heavily. The wrestlers got into a heated exchange and White punched Robinson knocking him out cold. White didn’t stop there, as he continued to pummel Billy Robinson while he was down on the ground. To add insult to injury, Ed White then took down his pants and urinated on an unconscious Billy Robinson for good measure.

Ain’t That A Kick in the Head

Koji Kitao was a former sumo grand champion turned professional wrestler who was known for his bad attitude. My colleague Craig Wilson has already excellently chronicled the night he legitimately shot on John ‘Earthquake’ Tenta in Japan. The result got Kitao fired from the company SWS.

Kitao was notorious for randomly shooting on opponents and refusing to do jobs for other wrestlers. One, in particular, stands out. It was a match between Koji Kitao against Nobuhiko Takada. Kitao was told to lose against Takada and he flat out refused. It took Takada and the promoters to make Kitao agree to do a draw in the match.

The match went on as planned and then midway in the match, Takada decided to “shoot” on Kitao and teach him a lesson in humility. Takada gave him a really stiff kick to the side of Kitao’s head knocking him out. Takada got the win and made a statement in the process.

Under the Micro-Scope

Jack Hillegass is the owner and promoter of a wrestling promotion called ‘Micro Wrestling Federation’ (MWF). It’s a promotion that features nothing but “midget” pro wrestling. Hillegass has owned and operated the MWF since the year 2006. Before his venture into becoming a wrestling promoter, Hillegass was working as a male stripper. To supplement his income, Hillegass sold drugs like cocaine and ecstasy.

In 2000, police in Cincinnati, Ohio raided his hotel room and discovered over a thousand ecstasy pills. Hillegass was indicted on charges of drug possession and distribution. Jack Hillegass took off running and assumed a new identity which he used for several years. He was finally caught and arrested in 2009 at the Sturgis motorcycle rally in South Dakota while running an MWF wrestling event.

He was sentenced to 7 years in an Ohio prison. He served 6 1/2 years and was released in 2016. Since his release from jail, he has resumed promoting his wrestling group.

A Stroke of Good Luck

Matt Wiese was a bodyguard turned pro wrestler who was trained at WCW’s Power Plant and competed for them under the moniker of Horshu. He wrestled there for over a year before eventually winding up in WWE. In the WWE, Wiese was known as ‘Luther Reigns’ and he wrestled for the company for about two years until his release. During his entire wrestling career, Wiese was addicted to prescription pain pills. He was also abusing steroids to remain big and competitive in both WCW and WWE.

Even after his wrestling career ended, Wiese admitted that he still abused drugs and steroids. In 2009, Wiese suffered a stroke at age 36 due to all the drug abuse. Matt Weise says the stroke was “a gift from God” and most likely saved his life. He says he is completely off all drugs now and maintains a healthy lifestyle.

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

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