This is the 221st 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.
The Innovator of Silence
Early in Tommy Dreamer’s career, he was wrestling on an independent show in the New York City area. His opponent was a young wrestler named Big Sweet Williams aka Bill DeMott. A few of Dreamer’s family members attended the show to support him. According to Dreamer, some of those family members were connected to the mafia.
At the time, they weren’t “hip to the fact” that pro wrestling was staged. So, when they saw Tommy getting beat up by DeMott, they thought the action was real and some of those family members jumped the ring to attack DeMott. As security ran into the ring, it was Dreamer who had to hold off his own family by telling them the secrets of pro wrestling and not to hurt Bill DeMott who was actually a friend to him.
Son With A Gun
When ‘Ravishing’ Rick Rude was inducted into WWE’s Hall of Fame in 2017, his son Richard Rood Jr. made the acceptance speech and caught everyone’s attention. Rood Jr had the “look” of a professional wrestler himself, even though he wasn’t one. Unfortunately, Richard Rood Jr would make headlines, but for all the wrong reasons. In 2018, Rood was arrested in Rome, Georgia.
On September 5th, 2018, Rood was pulled over by police because of what looked like erratic driving. Police discovered two open champagne bottles and determined that Rood was driving under the influence. After further inspection of his vehicle, police discovered two firearms. It was reported to police that Rood had allegedly threatened a 45 year old woman with those guns prior to being stopped. Rood was charged with felony terroristic threats, felony possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, DUI, three counts of obstruction of law enforcement officers, open container violation, simple assault, and disorderly conduct.
Shelly Martinez revealed that while she was employed by WWE back in 2006, she was almost sexually assaulted by another wrestler. The wrestler in question was the late Eddie Fatu aka Umaga. According to Martinez, the two were friends, but Umaga apparently wanted more out of the friendship. She was dating another wrestler at the time and claimed she wasn’t interested in Umaga in that way.
One night, members of the roster got together to party and Shelly had a bit too much too drink. She says while she sat on a couch, Umaga allegedly climbed on top of her and started to grope her. Shelly claimed all she remembers was praying that she wouldn’t be raped and was able to some how push Umaga off of her. The next day, Shelly went to her friend Melina and told her about the incident and some male wrestlers overheard her.
Shelly claims those wrestlers were friends with Umaga. They shouted at Melina to “smarten her (Shelly) up.” Shelly then claims she became enraged and ran up to the unnamed wrestlers in question and yelled in their face.
Welcome to WCW! Break a Leg…errr an Arm
Jerry Lynn doesn’t have the fondest memories of his brief stint with WCW, thanks in large part to Dean Malenko. During that time, Lynn wrestled under a mask under the moniker of ‘Mr. J.L.’ The year was 1995 and Lynn was scheduled to face Dean Malenko in a match on Monday Nitro. According to Lynn, Malenko acted like a bully to Lynn before their match.
Malenko was telling Lynn everything that he wanted to do in their match and refused input from Lynn. Jerry Lynn spoke up that he was uncomfortable with some of the move sets, but Malenko told Lynn it would be fine. As the match went on, Lynn would break his arm on the maneuver he was uncomfortable doing. At the time, Lynn was only on a pay per appearance basis and feared that if WCW management found out about his injury, he wouldn’t be used or get paid.
Lynn would further injure himself in other matches because he was compensating the initial injury. He claims that Malenko then went to WCW management and accused Lynn of faking his injuries. Ultimately, Lynn would be used less and less and would soon disappear from the company all together.
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