This is the 239th 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 Trial and Tribulations of Tojo in Tennessee
In 1968. after a match against Jackie Fargo in Tennessee, hated heel wrestler Tojo Yamamoto was waling back to the dressing room. Fans were allegedly throwing coke bottles, ice and other debris at the much hated wrestler. One fan allegedly punched Yamamoto in the back of the head. Yamamoto struck the fan, knocking him out.
The fan had five of his teeth knocked out and would require 21 stitches in his mouth. The fan would take Tojo to court and sued him for over $18,500 in damages. In court documents, the fan called Tojo a “savage” that had “animal like instincts, who was trained in Karate and had hands that were lethal weapons.” Tojo contended that it was the fan who struck first and was unprovoked.
The trial took place three years later in 1971. The jury was deadlocked and the judge determined it was a mistrial.
Checks and Unbalances
Pro wrestler Johnny Valentine was arrested in 1954, for passing a fraudulent check. The day after a match in Tampa, Florida….Valentine went to a local bank and attempted to cash a fake check for $25. The bank immediately determined the check wasn’t real and alerted authorities. Johnny Valentine was arrested and placed in jail.
His bond for release was set at $1,000. Valentine would be released into the custody of the Florida promoter named ‘Cowboy’ Clarence Luttrall.
In November of 2018, former WWE star Ashley Massaro tweeted that she found an old CD of songs that Matt Hardy made for her while the two were dating. She even tagged Matt in her tweet and finished by wishing Matt’s family the best. That tweet set off an explosion from Hardy’s wife former wrestler herself Reby Sky.
Reby would blast Massaro by calling her a bitch and that she would “knock her on her ass” the next time she saw Massaro. Ashley Massaro insisted it was just an innocent tweet reminiscing about an old CD and nothing more…but Reby delved further into the issue. Reby accused Ashley of trying to get back with Matt back in 2011 when Reby and Matt were first dating. Massaro allegedly wanted to fly out to North Carolina and bring drugs with her.
It was a way to supposedly entice Matt Hardy, who has had a long history of battling addiction. Massaro denied that that incident ever occurred, but Reby insisted she had the messages on an old phone to prove it. Ashley called Reby’s bluff and told her to show the messages because Massaro insisted that they didn’t exist.
Don’t Go Messin’ With These Country Boys
In the mid 1980’s, WWF fans were treated to the likable and lovable Hillbillies. Led by Hillbilly Jim, soon other members of his “family” began to pop up including his Uncle Elmer and Cousin Junior. As enjoyable as fans found them, some wrestlers and backstage personnel saw them in a different way.
It was alleged that Uncle Elmer was a good guy behind the scenes, but was also known to help some of the boys cope with the long days and weeks on the road by dealing drugs…mostly pills. If you needed it, supposedly Uncle Elmer had it. As for Cousin Junior, rumors were he was a frequent customer of Elmer’s. So much so, he missed several shows due to his partying lifestyle. Cousin Junior would ultimately get fired from the WWF and replaced by Cousin Luke.
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