This is the 256th 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.
During the days of Mid South Wrestling, ‘Hacksaw’ Jim Duggan, ‘Dr. Death’ Steve Williams and Hercules Hernandez were drinking at a bar called ‘The Light House’ in a small Louisiana town. While Duggan was sitting at a table drinking, he felt someone slap the back of his head. Duggan thought it was either Steve Williams or Hercules messing with him, so he ignored it. Duggan’s head was slapped again and once again Duggan ignored it.
When he was slapped a third time, Duggan turned around and saw a drunk woman who was the culprit. Duggan took a piece of ice and flung it at the woman hitting her in the face. The drunk woman then allegedly went after Hacksaw with kicks and punches. Duggan grabbed a chair and used it to fend off the wild lady. Apparently, that angered a few male patrons at the bar and they went after Duggan. Steve Williams and Hercules jumped in and a full out brawl started.
The wrestlers would eventually retreat to their car in the parking lot, when several of the bar patrons ran out after them throwing bottles at them. The wrestlers sped off and were eventually pulled over by police. Steve Williams, who was driving the vehicle, was arrested for DUI. According to Duggan, Hercules got angry at the police for arresting Williams, so he got out of the car and got into a shoving match with the officers. Hercules was also arrested at the scene.
The Perfect Ten Count
In the mid 1980’s, Nickla Roberts aka ‘Baby Doll’ became the valet of Tully Blanchard in the National Wrestling Alliance. She would quickly become a hated heel due to all of her outside interference during matches. She would often receive death threats and fans trying to assault her at the arenas. Tully Blanchard recalled one such instance that happened while in Virginia.
According to Blanchard, after a match, Baby Doll was walking back to the dressing room when a Navy sailor jumped in front of her and grabbed her. Before Tully could do anything, Baby Doll decked the sailor with a punch and knocked him out cold. To add salt to his wound, Baby Doll pressed charges against the fan for assault. As embarrassed as that fan might have been being knocked out by a woman, Tully insists that Nickla was as tough as nails. She stood close to 6 ft tall and was a solid 190 pounds.
Damned If You Do
At the height of Ahmed Johnson’s popularity in the WWF, he seemed to develop a rather huge ego. That ego would rub several wrestlers the wrong way including D’Lo Brown who apparently had a fist fight with Johnson backstage. According to Mark Henry, Johnson told Hunter Hearst Helmsley that he was going to “make” Triple H in their scheduled match. Brown took offense to Johnson’s comments and confronted Johnson by telling him that he couldn’t make anybody even if he tried. The two would exchange words and before you knew it, the two were throwing punches at one another.
Mark Henry insists that these type of incidents were common with Ahmed Johnson. He remembered a match Johnson had with Farooq aka Ron Simmons. In that match, Johnson kicked Simmons so hard in his back, that it lacerated Simmons’ liver. Ron Simmons would be out of action for the next 9 months.
Teddy Long who was good friends with Simmons, confided in Mark Henry that when Ron returned…Ahmed Johnson was getting paid back in full. When Simmons finally returned to the WWF, he refused to say hello to anybody backstage and kept to himself. That was very unusual for Ron Simmons to do because he was such a friendly man. That night, Simmons was booked in a match against Johnson.
When the bell rang, Simmons immediately went on the attack. Simmons was apparently throwing real punches and kicks to Johnson…as the entire roster was watching by the curtain. Johnson was bloodied and suffered three broken ribs at the hands of Ron Simmons. Mark Henry said that Ahmed Johnson’s WWF career was pretty much over from that point on.
A Bastien of Humility
Johnny Valentine was known by some of his peers as a cruel ribber. Valentine was known to defecate in food, put lighter fluid in someone’s asthma inhaler and destroy other people’s property…just for laughs. While highly respected as a wrestler, he certainly made his fair share of enemies along the way.
Red Bastien was a longtime friend and rival to Johnny Valentine during their wrestling careers. A while after Valentine’s career was cut short due to a plane crash…he was relegated to using a wheel chair. One night after a party, Valentine fell out of his wheel chair completely intoxicated. Instead of helping up his friend, Bastien allegedly pulled down his pants and urinated on a drunk, defenseless Valentine.
According to Ric Flair, Bastien peed on Valentine while Valentine’s wife was present. Red Bastien allegedly said that he peed on Valentine as payback for all the things Valentine use to do to the boys when he was an active wrestler.