Wrestling With Sin: 188

Brian Damage

This is the 188th 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.

Fake You

There is a word in professional wrestling that when said…can bring out the worst in a wrestler. That word is “fake” and if a fan were to use it on a wrestler…all bets are off. This has been the case a few times and it usually ends up poorly for the outsider to the business.

One such incident took place in the 1980’s in West Virginia. An individual ran into ‘Mad Dog’ Buzz Sawyer after a show. The individual said that what Sawyer did was fake and that none of it was real. As expected, Sawyer didn’t take the comment well and assaulted the individual.

Sawyer grabbed the man by the neck and threw him into a phone booth and started strangling him. Buzz then dragged the man into a parking lot and legitimately body slammed him on top of a car. Sawyer was arrested and charged with assault. No word on the condition of the man who called pro wrestling fake…but I’m pretty sure he never said it again.

I’ll Be Damned

In 2004, Ron Simmons was transitioning from an active WWE wrestler to backstage road agent. During this period of time, Simmons was battling a serious alcohol problem. During a pre-taping of Smackdown meeting, Simmons got into a verbal and near physical altercation with the Big Show after he told Big Show to sit down and shut up. It was becoming increasingly apparent by his fellow wrestlers and management that alcohol was playing a big part in Simmons’ erratic behavior.

It wasn’t until Wrestlemania 20…that things came to a head between Simmons and WWE. Ron Simmons was allegedly drinking quite heavily during the various Wrestlemania festivities and was acting obnoxiously towards both fans and wrestlers. WWE management had a closed door meeting with Simmons and told him that he either go to rehab or be let go. Simmons allegedly told the people in management that he didn’t have a problem and to F off.

Ron Simmons was subsequently fired by WWE and was never made a road agent. Thankfully, realizing the error of his ways and acknowledging that he did have an alcohol problem…Simmons went to rehab and is back on good terms with WWE.

Dark Knight

A Tennessee independent wrestler named Seth Knight was arrested in 2014 and charged with solicitation of a minor. It was alleged that a 14 year old girl and her friend went to the home of Knight. That is where Knight allegedly asked one of the girl’s to send a nude photo of herself to his cell phone. In exchange for the nude picture…Knight promised the girls that he would get them into a popular teen nightclub.

Both girls went to police and reported the incident. Seth Knight was subsequently arrested at his home. He plead not guilty to the charges. He posted a $7,500 bond and was released from custody.

Romp and Circumstance

‘Gorgeous George’ Wagner was one of the greatest attractions in the history of professional wrestling. His long curly blonde hair, sequinned robes, valet and perfume sprayed before he entered the ring…made him one of the most famous wrestlers in the world. Despite his effeminate ring persona, George was married to a woman named Betty for several years. During that time, George was also carrying on extramarital affairs and was an alcoholic.

In fact, while still married to Betty, George sired a child from one of his mistresses. It was a son who he legally named Gorgeous George. His alcoholism is what severely shortened his career and ultimately took his life at just 48 years old.

A Serg of Trouble

The husband of former TNA owner Dixie Carter…Serg Salinas was sued by Karen Jarrett. The basis for the lawsuit was alleged sexual harassment in the workplace. Karen Jarrett was removed from television until the allegations could be sorted out. Also, then TNA President Dixie Carter was removed from her position by her parents…the financial backers of TNA wrestling.

No word was ever made as to what Serg Salinas allegedly did or didn’t do. Ultimately, a settlement was apparently reached out of court and Karen was immediately brought back to the company. Dixie Carter also returned to her position as TNA President.

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

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