This is the 314th 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.
New Jack has had his personal troubles throughout the years as a professional wrestler. We have documented several of them here on Wrestling With Sin…but his greatest match may not be against another wrestler…but his own son. New Jack has five children by a couple of different women. One of his children happens to be gay and a professional drag queen named ‘Washington Heights.’ The relationship between New Jack and his son is extremely strained with neither currently talking to one another.
According to Washington Heights, New Jack disowned him because of his lifestyle. New Jack didn’t want his hardcore wrestling fans to know that he had a son who was gay. He hasn’t spoken to Washington Heights in over three years. Washington Heights, not one to back down from his famous and feared father…took to social media to reveal who he was and the lack of relationship he has with New Jack.
New Jack would take to social media and respond to his son by saying…
“There’s a lot of shit going on right now that’s got my name on it. I can’t really go into detail about it but it’s some real fucked up shit. I would just like to say to you little faggot motherfucker: you know who you are and you’re not my son, you little bitch.”
despite all the recent hostility between the two, Washington Heights would still like to have some sort of relationship with his father. He said, “I just want him to be proud of me even if he is lying about it. Lie to me. Tell me you’re proud so I can never talk about it again… just make it seem like you care.”
Tangled Web Weaver
Johnny Weaver and Penny Banner appeared to be the good, wholesome, all American couple in professional wrestling. That is how their 35 year marriage was portrayed. They even had a daughter together. Both Weaver and Banner had successful individual careers as well. Despite the appearance of a happy marriage, Banner claims it wasn’t all wine and roses with Weaver. She claimed that Weaver was a drunk that mentally and physically abused her.
She also claims that he was a womanizer that constantly went outside of their marriage and carried on several affairs. The breaking point in their marriage came in 1994, when Banner claimed that a drunken Johnny Weaver put his famous finishing hold (The Sleeper Hold) on her in an attempt to murder her. She said that she nearly died that night. The incident pushed her to file for a divorce from him.
Being Bossy to An Aussie
In 1987, Outback Jack was wrestling a house show match at the Montreal Forum. His opponent for the evening was a wrestler named Steve DiSalvo aka Steve Strong. DiSalvo was pretty well known in Canada wrestling for Stu Hart’s Stampede Wrestling promotion. DiSalvo was not under a WWF contract at the time…rather…he was getting a series of try out matches with the company.
On this particular evening, DiSalvo decided the way to impress WWF management was to “shoot” on Outback Jack. According to Outback Jack, DiSalvo had the look of a huge star, but had the “brain the size of a peanut.” In any case, right from the opening bell DiSalvo charged Outback and started hitting him with stiff shots. DiSalvo punched Jack in the jaw that led Jack to hold on to the ring ropes as to not fall down.
DiSalvo ended up winning the house show match…but when the two went backstage, Outback Jack said he punched DiSalvo so hard in his stomach that he felt his DiSalvo’s spine. Despite the two wrestlers having heat with each other due to Steve DiSalvo’s actions…he was still given a couple of more tryouts. Outback Jack stated that DiSalvo continued to be extra stiff to his opponents. Steve DiSalvo was never signed to a WWF contract.
Lentz Me Your Face
Dennis Lentz was a professional wrestler whose career mainly was wrestling in the 1930’s. In March of 1937, Lentz was competing in Tampa, Florida. According to reports…Lentz got into a physical altercation with a ringside fan. Lentz allegedly pummeled the fan knocking out two of the fan’s teeth and giving him a black eye. Lentz was arrested and charged with assault and battery.
Not much else is known about what happened in this case. What we do know is that Lentz career pretty much fizzled out after this incident. He wrestled just a handful more matches before disappearing from the ring.