This is the 219th 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.
A Pawn Star
In 1965, WWWF champion Bruno Sammartino’s title belt was stolen out of the backseat of his car as Sammartino dined with friends at a New York City restaurant. His championship belt was never recovered. Fast forward to the early 1970’s and Pedro Morales was now the reigning WWWF champion. His title too would end up missing.
In an odd coincidence, Pedro claimed the exact same reasoning why his belt disappeared. Pedro claimed he was at a restaurant in New York City and his title was stolen out of his car. Years later, Morales’ title was discovered at a pawn shop in Pennsylvania. A long time friend of Pedro Morales, Pete Sanchez accused Pedro of lying.
Sanchez said that Morales was the one who pawned his own championship. He says Morales received $125 for it. When asked why would Morales pawn his own championship, Sanchez claimed that Morales had a bit of a gambling problem. He said Morales “loved the horses” and wound up in debt.
There is no question that the year 2018 was a banner year for women in WWE. As women wrestlers were being brought to the forefront of the company, female announcer Renee Young was also getting a big break. Young was chosen as the very first female to sit at the Monday Night Raw play by play desk. While Renee mostly was praised for her accomplishment, there were some naysayers.
Former ECW star Sabu was an example of someone who wasn’t exactly impressed with Renee Young’s promotion in WWE. Sabu took to twitter to badmouth her achievement. After posting the tweet, Sabu received a backlash from both fans and some of his peers. Sabu, however, did not relent and back down from his comments and was unapologetic.
No Noose is Good Noose
We have discussed wrestler Sam Houston’s previous battles with alcoholism and his numerous arrests from DUI here in past editions of Wrestling with Sin. Houston added that during his longest stint in prison for DUI, he decided he had had enough. He felt the only way he could escape from his alcoholism was to commit suicide.
Houston said while in his prison cell, he took his bed sheet and made a noose to hang himself. Houston climbed on his bed, put the noose around his neck and jumped off. The pressure of his weight snapped the noose and his suicide attempt failed. Houston took that as a sign from God that he needed to find another way to get clean and sober.
Goon at the Saloon
Uzile Prickett was a professional wrestler who competed nationally in the United States in the 1860’s. Some wrestling historians considered Prickett to be one of the best collar and elbow wrestlers of his day. On June 12th, 1868 in Ohio, Prickett lost a match to a local favorite named Tim Waller. After the match, Prickett ended up at a nearby saloon called “The Hole in the Wall.”
As Prickett was drinking, a man named John Griffin fired one shot into the back of Prickett’s head, killing him instantly. Griffin was arrested and ultimately hanged for the crime of murder. As it turned out, Griffin had bet a large sum of money on Uzile Prickett that he would beat his opponent. Griffin believed that Prickett had thrown the match that cost him money, so he killed Prickett in retaliation. Uzile Prickett was just 27 years old at the time of his death.
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