This is the 259th 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.
Beating a Dead Horse
‘Cowboy’ Bob Ellis was a pro wrestler who competed in various territories around the world from the late 1950’s to the early 1980’s. Ellis feuded with the likes of Dick the Bruiser, Fritz Von Erich and Buddy Rogers. He briefly wrestled in the WWWf where he faced off against Killer Kowalski. After retiring from the business, Ellis began a career in raising and racing horses.
In 1983, Bob Ellis was indicted on five counts of criminal conspiracy stemming from a race fixing investigation by the FBI. Basically, a thoroughbred race horse was substituted with a horse bought at an auction who was facing slaughter. If convicted, Ellis was facing up to 30 years in prison and a fine of $30,000. Two others involved in the scam were found guilty and served time. Ellis, on the other hand, never served time in prison.
Former GlOW wrestler ‘Lady Godiva’ recalled her days working on the show. She said that the owner David McLane was often times rough on the women. He would allegedly berate them with body and slut shaming if he saw something that he didn’t like.
In the case of Lady Godiva, she wrestled in a flesh colored body suit to give the impression she was wrestling in the nude. Her body image was extremely important to McLane. If he saw her eating anything that he deemed “fattening,” he wasn’t shy to let Godiva know of his displeasure. He would body shame her for eating something other than a small salad. David McClane allegedly ran a very tight ship with the GLOW girls and expected them to live their gimmicks once the cameras were off.
In November of 2001, the younger brother of WWE Hall of Famer Carlos Colon…Noel Colon was murdered at his office in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Noel Colon, who helped his brother Carlos with running some of the business dealings of his promotion (The World Wrestling Council) was also the president of the Puerto Rican teamsters union. Noel had just fired a union organizer by the name of Juan Negron. Negron, would leave Colon’s office and return with a handgun.
He fired three shots, hitting Noel in the head and chest. Noel Colon would die from his injuries. Juan Negron was eventually arrested and found guilty of first degree murder. He was sentenced to life in prison.
Walking into a Monsoon
During a WWF house at the Philadelphia Spectrum in 1989, an overzealous fan leaned over the guardrail and smacked Jimmy ‘Superfly’ Snuka. Superfly got so angry, he actually jumped the guardrail and chased the fan. Absolutely terrified for his life, the fan ran past security and backstage.
Once backstage, the fan realized he made a big mistake. He was met by Gorilla Monsoon, who grabbed the fan and pummeled him. Monsoon then had security throw that fan outside. The overzealos fan in question was named Jim Fullington…the future ECW legend known as The Sandman.