This is the 264th 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.
Daniel Rodimer was a former Arena football player that competed on WWE’s ‘Tough Enough’ reality competition show. Even though Rodimer did not win, he was signed to a developmental contract and sent to OVW. He was christened ‘Dan Rodman’ and was actually a favorite of Stephanie McMahon. So much so, Stephanie wanted to give him a big push and align him with Randy Orton and Edge as their bodyguard. That push never panned out and was ultimately released by the company.
In 2010, while eating at a Florida Waffle House, Rodimer got into a verbal and physical altercation with a male patron. According to the victim, Rodimer was flirting with some of the females that were with the victim. After being rejected by the females, Rodimer allegedly continued flirting only for the victim to step in. Rodimer allegedly grabbed the male by his throat and shoved him to the floor. The victim claimed Rodimer shouted, “I like to F–K people up!’ and egged on the victim to fight him.
Rodimer admitted he got physical with the victim, but insisted that the male was a bully who was making fun of Rodimer’s friend who was wearing a wrestling shirt. Dan Rodimer was arrested and plead guilty to the charges. He attended an 8 week anger management course and the charges were dropped in 2012.
You Khan Run, But You Khan’t Hide
Former TNA Knockout and former girlfriend of Kurt Angle ‘Rhaka Khan’, has been listed as one of El Paso, Texas’ Most Wanted fugitives. Khan’s real name Trenesha Biggers, is charged with interference with child custody. This is not Kurt Angle’s child. Khan was married to another individual and divorced. Khan reponded to the police report by saying…
“My ex-husband who is on probation for beating me unconscious, made 100 false police reports against me. We have been in a domestic violence shelter after I caught him stalking again.”
Ed Whalen, was for many years, the voice of Stampede Wrestling based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Whalen had strong ties the television station that aired Stampede Wrestling. Because of this, he often took liberties to convince the station to edit any match or segment that he personally deemed too violent or offensive. Many times, Whalen would cut off a heel in mid promo if he didn’t like what the wrestler was talking about. This angered many of the wrestlers including Bruce Hart, who wanted to fire Whalen.
The thing was, however, Ed Whalen was very good friends with promoter Stu Hart, who loved Ed. Stu was extremely loyal to Whalen and gave him a lot of creative leeway. On one particular occasion, Whalen was conducting an interview with Abdullah the Butcher and things got out of control rather quickly. During the interview, Abdullah was acting his usual wild self and it began to agitate Whalen. Ed started getting “pissy” with Abdullah and all that did was anger ‘the wild man from the Sudan’ who started to back Whalen up to a corner.
Whalen decided to take his microphone and clobber Abdullah over the head with it…busting him open legitimately. Stu Hart and several wrestlers realized this wasn’t a part of the show and came between the wrestler and the broadcaster. Abdullah would need about five stitches to close his wound. Several weeks later, Abdullah would bump into Whalen at an airport and Ed feared repercussions for the earlier incident. Instead, Abdullah walked up to Whalen and joked to him, “Whalen…when you get that look in your eyes I get nervous. But if you ever do that again…things will be much different.” and walked away.
‘The Dynamic Domino’ Mark Gedge was a British independent wrestler who competed all throughout Europe and the United States. Gedge had allegedly abused steroids during his career and it ultimately caused a heart condition. Doctors told Gedge that only 36 percent of his heart was functioning properly and would have to retire from pro wrestling and no longer be able to work out.This evidently caused Gedge to go into a deep depression and in June of 2016, he told friends and family he was going camping to clear out his head.
Gedge’s body was found inside a tent up in the mountains. It was determined that Gedge died of carbon monoxide poisoning. After an investigation, police said, “It appears he was upset about his health condition and deliberately killed himself.” Mark Gedge was 44 years old at the time of his death.