This is the 226th 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 Pain in the Badd Ass
During the WWF’s ‘Attitude Era,’ ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin and ‘Badd Ass’ Billy Gunn were travelling on the road together. While the WWF was in town in New Orleans, Louisiana…Austin and Gunn got the very last hotel room available. While they waited for their room to be set up for them, the two wrestlers decided to hang out at the hotel bar for a couple of drinks. A couple of drinks turned into a lot of drinks and before you knew it, both Austin and Gunn were completely drunk.
When they both finally decided to check into their hotel room, Gunn was opening the door to the room when Austin punched Gunn in the back of his head. At first, Billy Gunn thought that he was being mugged by someone. When he turned around, it was Austin with an angry look on his face. Austin tackled Gunn into the room and two began fist fighting on the floor. Gunn managed to place Austin in a chokehold to try to calm the Texas rattlesnake down.
When Austin calmed down Gunn let him go…only to be sucker punched in the face again. The two wrestlers continued to tussle until Gunn managed to get Austin down to the ground and screamed at Austin asking what his problem was. According to Billy, Austin promised to stop…so Gunn let him go. Austin attacked Gunn a third time…until Gunn was able to subdue an angry Austin. This time, both wrestlers were completely spent and Austin passed out on the bed. Billy Gunn never did get an explanation as to why Steve Austin attacked him that night.
Toots His Own Horn
Joseph ‘Toots’ Mondt was a wrestler turned promoter in the northeast of the United States. He was one of the founding fathers of the then World Wide Wrestling Federation along with Vince McMahon Sr. Toots was responsible for giving Bruno Sammartino his big break feeling that Bruno was the future of professional wrestling. Toots did have his vices though. He was accused of pushing certain wrestlers if they allowed him to sleep with their wives.
He also had a love of horse racing and was known as a gambler. It was alleged that Toots Mondt gambled away thousands of dollars on the horses and that led to a fall out with McMahon. McMahon Sr eventually bought out Toots’ share of the WWWF and gained complete control of the company. Toots reportedly ended up penniless in his final days.
Rebel with a Cause?
While on a tour of India in late 2018, former TNA/Impact wrestling star Tanea ‘Rebel’ Brooks was scheduled to have a dance battle with Bollywood actress Rakhi Sawant. The “exhibition” was to take place at Tau Devi Lal Stadium in northern India and was promoted by former WWE star Great Khali. The actress Sawant challenged Rebel to a dance off and got into the ring when she accepted. Rebel quickly picked up the actress and body slammed her to the mat.
After a long period of time laying on the mat, a medical team rushed in to check on Sawant. She needed to be carried to the back and was rushed to a nearby hospital after complaining about neck, back and stomach pain. Rakhi Sawant then posted a series of videos of herself in her hospital room. One message she posted was that she believed that Tanea ‘Rebel’ Brooks intentionally hurt her. She accused the wrestler of taking a payment from a rival actress named Tanushreed Dutta to end her acting and dancing career.
The event and aftermath made huge headlines all over India. In defense, Brooks responded to Sawant on her Instagram page by writing: “This drama queen (Rakhi Sawant) wanted to step in the ring with me! Yes, I bodyslammed her and I am sorry I hurt you! But don’t spread lies about me!”
Lou Albano Jr, the son of legendary wrestler/manager Captain Lou Albano was arrested and charged with two felony counts of third-degree burglary and fourth-degree grand larceny. During a landlord/tenant dispute over non-paid rent, Albano allegedly entered the apartment of one of his tenants illegally and took items from the home that were worth an estimated $1,170. Albano was arrested and charged with the two felony counts.
A deal was struck, however, and Albano plead guilty to disorderly conduct and ordered to pay $250 dollars in fines and serve no jail time. It should be noted that Albano’s brother Carl is a politician in New York. If Lou Albano was convicted of the charges, he could have faced up to 7 years in prison.
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