This is the 222nd 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.
Alex Silva was a former wrestler for TNA, as well as competed in Ohio Valley Wrestling. When Silva’s wrestling career didn’t turn out as he had planned, he went into a deep depression. He began working odd jobs as a dishwasher and janitor trying to make ends meet. He eventually met up with a friend who introduced him to a local drug dealer in the Quebec area.
Silva started out by selling drugs, but by his own admission wasn’t very good at it. He then became a part of the dealer’s crew by collecting money owed and counting the money from drug transactions. As the old saying goes…”Don’t get high on your own supply” Sure enough, Silva began using drugs and became an addict. He was ultimately arrested and forced into a 7 month rehabilitation center.
After being released from rehab, Silva fell off the wagon and overdosed on Xanax. He is now facing up to 3 years in prison up in Canada. That was in January of 2018….no word what his sentence was.
On the Fritz
When the World Class territory was about to collapse, Kevin and Kerry Von Erich approached promoter Jerry Jarrett about buying into the promotion to save it. Jarrett was interested and decided to travel from Tennessee to Texas to speak with World Class’ owner Fritz Von Erich about what his two sons proposed. According to Jarrett, Fritz warned Jerry not to go into business with his sons, because he claimed they were both “fuck ups.”
Fritz warned Jerry that Kevin and Kerry were too far gone in their drug abuse and that is why he wanted to close the territory. Despite the warnings, Jarrett agreed to purchase WCCW from the Von Erich family. Jerry would have controlling interest, with the Von Erich boys having a small percentage of the company as well. Jarrett claims that WCCW was a money maker for him for the first few weeks, but then he started noticing that Kevin and Kerry were showing up late to the Dallas Sportatorium and at times were not showing at all.
When Jerry Jarrett confronted the Von Erich’s about their lack of professionalism, he had noticed that they were completely high as a kite. Kevin and Kerry then demanded a higher percentage of the company from Jarrett. Instead of caving to their demands, Jarrett decided to close shop on World Class…thus ending an era.
The Chyna Syndrome
During the tail end of Chyna’s WWE career, she was being booked more as a women’s wrestler and not so much the hybrid wrestler that got her over in the first place. Chyna was supposedly not very happy about this and voice her displeasure about it. It ultimately was taken out on her female opponents. She would refuse to sell any offense and become extremely stiff in the ring.
This was the case in one match Chyna had against Molly Holly. Chyna didn’t allow Holly much offense and when she did…she didn’t make it look believable. Chyna would also become aggressive and threw in a few stiff shots against Molly in their match. After their bout was over, Molly Holly confronted Chyna backstage and the two had some heated words.
Chyna allegedly cursed out Molly and then shoved her. Molly then supposedly responded by throwing a punch at Chyna which landed and the two were then separated.
The Wife and the Knife
According to the late Mike Graham (Who was also one of Kevin Sullivan’s best friends) the marriage between Sullivan and Nancy Daus was extremely volatile at times. Graham claimed that the two had huge blow out fights which at times became physical in nature. Graham recalled one time while the couple were in Florida and they had one of those big fights. Graham claimed that Nancy allegedly grabbed a butcher’s knife and attempted to stab Sullivan in the chest.
The only thing that saved Kevin were his reflexes and was able to block the knife from going deep into his chest. He only suffered a minor wound. Police, however, did respond and placed Nancy under arrest. She did not face any jail time, because according to Graham…he refused to press charges against his wife.
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