This is the 231st 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.
Ain’t That A Kick in the Head
During a WWF house show in upstate New York in 1988, David Sammartino lost a match to Steve Blackman (Yes, that Steve Blackman) After the match was over, Sammartino was walking to the back, when a fan named Martin Gallagher started to heckle him. Sammartino snapped and allegedly grabbed Gallagher by the back of his neck and threw him to the ground. Sammartino then proceeded to kick the fan in the face.
Sammartino was arrested on the scene and Gallagher was sent to the hospital. Ultimately, Sammartino was released from jail on a $100 bond and the World Wrestling Federation issued an apology. Sammartino was fired and told he was never welcomed back to the company. The victim, Martin Gallagher, thought firing Sammartino was excessive and went on record as feeling bad for being responsible for causing the second-generation wrestler to lose his job. Gallagher did sue the WWF, but only for his medical costs and nothing more.
The Toilet Club
An independent female wrestler named Shotzi Blackheart has wrestled for Impact Wrestling and competed on WWE’s Tough Enough. She actually made the final cut of wrestlers to make Tough Enough but was sent home after apparently failing a medical test. Her most success has been wrestling on the California independent scene.
Shotzi has posed for some risque photography in skimpy outfits that has also included posing topless. Recently, however, she posted a picture of her toilet bowl on Twitter and offered to send a picture of her actual poop for five dollars. She left her email address for anyone interested. It was apparently just a joke, but some fan took advantage of the opportunity and paid for the unedited picture through PayPal.
The unidentified fan claimed he bought the picture to show support for Shotzi and wasn’t some kind of weirdo. Shotzi responded by tweeting “Whatever bud. No judgement here. Welcome to the toilet elite!”
The Iceman Cometh
During the World Class territory days, an incident occurred between famed WCCW manager, ‘General’ Skandor Akbar and ‘Iceman’ King Parsons. Apparently, wrestler/referee/manager Harold T. Harris, who is black, was dating a white woman. Akbar allegedly called the girlfriend a ‘ni–er lover’ back in the locker room. Iceman overheard Akbar’s comments and allegedly confronted Akbar and shoved him. Parsons also allegedly threatened more physical harm to Akbar but relented.
Parsons then went to the booking committee and told them about the alleged incident. Parsons, who was managed by Skandor at the time, said that he no longer wants him as his manager and refused to ever work with Skandor again.
Eaton of Trouble
Legendary tag team specialist, ‘Beautiful’ Bobby Eaton was arrested for a DUI in Huntsville, Alabama in 2002. An arrest warrant was issued for Eaton when he didn’t show up for court on the charge. In 2013, a deputy of the Huntsville police department went through old warrants and discovered Eaton’s from 11 years earlier. By this time, Bobby Eaton had moved to Arkansas.
The police contacted family members still residing in Alabama and the family contacted Eaton. To his credit, Eaton went back to Huntsville and plead guilty on the charges and received a fine and was released.
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