This is the 192nd 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.
Andre Anderson was a boxer and professional wrestler who hung in the same circles with legends such as Billy Sandow and Ed ‘The Strangler’ Lewis. He stood an imposing 6 foot 4 inches tall and weighed nearly 250 pounds. Anderson wrestled all over the country with varying degrees of success.
He and fellow pro wrestler ‘Big’ Wayne Munn had an exhibition boxing match in 1926 in Kansas City, Missouri. Members of the Chicago mob told Anderson to “take a dive” and lose the boxing match to Munn. Anderson refused and knocked out Wayne Munn in the first round. A few months later, Anderson walked into a restaurant in a suburb of Chicago.
He was met by a man named Leo Mongoven who was a member of the mob that asked to take the dive. Anderson was gunned down in the restaurant and died a day later. A year later, police apprehended Mongoven, but no witnesses came forward about the murder of Anderson and he was ultimately set free. Andre Anderson was 35-years-old at the time of his death.
Billy Jack Haynes was once a really big star in the Pacific Northwest territory. Drugs, gambling debts and bad business decisions caused Haynes to become homeless and living out of his car. At one point, Haynes convinced a small town called St. Helen’s in Oregon that he could generate a lot of money for the town by putting together a pro wrestling event. Billy Jack Haynes promised the people of St. Helen’s that he would bring in big stars like Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage and others.
The town’s chamber of commerce got together with the residents to collect over a thousand dollars for Haynes to use to promote the event. Once the money touched Haynes hands, however, he disappeared. He was eventually arrested for theft in December of 1998.
Former WCW and ECW valet “Gorgeous George” was arrested in August of 2013 in Illinois. She was charged with domestic battery. No word on who was involved in this incident or how it was ultimately resolved.
Break a Leg Kid
Long before his WWF days, The Dynamite Kid was managed by a former wrestler turned manager named John ‘Jr’ Foley in Stampede Wrestling. From several accounts, Foley was a raging alcoholic who caused nothing but headaches for Stampede’s owner Stu Hart. Despite his addiction to alcohol, a young Dynamite Kid admired and looked up to his manager. During this period of time, JR Foley’s daughter was involved in a car accident.
JR Foley was looking to claim a large amount of money from the insurance company (roughly $20,000) but Foley felt that his daughter wasn’t hurt bad enough. That is when Foley allegedly approached his wrestling protege and asked for his help. He offered to pay Dynamite Kid to break both of his daughter’s legs. Dynamite Kid agreed and Foley drove his daughter to Kid’s home, where the deed was done.
Dynamite allegedly broke both of her legs from the kneecaps down. Foley would collect the insurance money in the scam but his daughter apparently never fully recovered from her broken legs and permanently walked with a limp.
During an ECW house show back in 1995, the Gangstas of New Jack and Mustafa Saed took on the Dudleys consisting of Dances with Dudley and Dudley Dudley. The match saw all four wrestlers working extra stiff. So much so, New Jack accidentally broke Dances with Dudley’s nose. Dances with Dudley responded by stiffing New Jack a few times as a receipt.
After the match ended, the Gangstas went to the back first, followed by the Dudleys. When Dances with Dudley came out from the curtain, New Jack cracked him on the back of the head with a club. That sparked a full out brawl between Dances and New Jack that took several wrestlers to pull them apart. One of those wrestlers was Mickey Whipwreck who injured himself in the melee.
Dances with Dudley needed several stitches in the back of his head and Whipwreck continued to work hurt. New Jack was so out of control, he got into a few other smaller arguments and shoving matches with the likes of Pitbull #2 and Taz. Paul Heyman was urged to fire New Jack on the spot but relented because the Gangstas were booked for some bigger advertised matches down the line.
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