This is the 317th 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.
What A Crock!
David Crockett was the son of famed wrestling promoter Jim Crockett and is the younger brother of former NWA promoter Jim Crockett Jr. While his brother Jim was usually all business…David was more “one of the boys.” This was due to David briefly being a pro wrestler himself. David recalled several times he found himself in the middle of a party with ‘The Nature Boy’ Ric Flair.
Crockett remembers how women used to boo and hate him during his matches, but after the show was over….they would all flock to the world champion. He remembered Flair having a bunch of women up to his hotel suite. Flair would walk out of his bedroom completely naked and allegedly started poking the unsuspecting females with his erection.
David also recalls one of his birthdays he and the Four Horsemen went to a restaurant in New York City to celebrate. Flair, Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard held Crockett down on a table. David had no idea what these wrestlers were going to do to him. Then suddenly, Flair took a full bottle of scotch and poured the entire bottle into David’s mouth. Crockett said it was one of the times he was the most drunk in his life.
Brian Jack wrestled under the moniker of ‘Buck Wild.’ He was trained by Kazushi Sakuraba in Japan and was looking to secure himself a WWE developmental deal. Jack began wrestling for WWE’s developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling without a contract hoping to get noticed and signed. In 2012, Brian Jack filed a multi million dollar lawsuit against WWE, Vince McMahon, Steve Keirn, Beth Phoenix, Santino Marella, John Laurinaitis and others claiming sexual harassment, hazing, threats and physical injuries.
While wrestling as Buck Wild, Brian Jack claimed that FCW owner Steve Keirn broke his neck, pelvis, backbone and thumb. He also accused Santino Marella of trying to get Jack to commit fraud by staging a fake car wreck. That way, WWE’s developmental insurance wouldn’t take a hit. When WWE sent him to see Dr. James Andrews…Jack claims that the doctor asked him if he was wearing a wire.
He also claims that he was continually receiving medical bills from Dr. Andrews despite WWE promising him that they would cover his costs. In 2013, the lawsuit was dismissed.
From Playgirl to Playboy
While wrestling for the Pacific Northwest territory, ‘Playboy’ Buddy Rose had a gimmick of a ladies man. He would have a couple of female valets on each arm that were called ‘the Playgirls.’ One of those females was a model named Carrie Leigh. She was a valet for Rose in 1982-83. She would receive a lot more notoriety outside of the squared circle.
Leigh met and began dating the real playboy by the name of Hugh Hefner. The couple lived together and remained an item until 1988. After their bad break up, Leigh left the Playboy mansion and sued Hefner for 35 million dollars. She claimed she got pregnant by Hefner, but he convinced her to get an abortion instead. He allegedly agreed to pay her a $5,000 monthly allowance, plus a credit card allowance.
Once the break up occurred, Leigh sued Hefner for palimony claiming that as his live in girlfriend for 5 years, she was still entitled to a portion of his money. She said, “He promised to marry me, he promised to have a child with me, promised to support me.” Hefner would retort, “I’m the silliest possible target for a palimony suit, because I’m the most confirmed bachelor of the 20th century.” She went on to accuse Hefner of having homosexual affairs while they were a couple.
Ultimately, Leigh dropped the palimony lawsuit. She went on to create a rival periodical to compete with Playboy magazine called ‘Nude.’
Toole Of The Trade
Tommy O’Toole was a professional wrestler from the mid 1930’s until the late 1960’s. He was mainly portrayed as a villainous heel during his career. While competing in Stu Hart’s Calgary Stampede territory…O’Toole’s wrestling persona helped him out of some legal jams. Allegedly, O’Toole was once driving intoxicated down a road in the Calgary area when a Canadian Mountie stopped him.
The Mountie could smell the booze on O’Toole’s breath and asked the wrestler for identification and to step out of his vehicle. O’Toole decided to launch a heel promo on the Mountie saying he was a pro wrestler and could destroy him physically. The Mountie supposedly gave back O’Toole’s ID and simply let off O’Toole with a simple warning. He even helped escort Tommy O’Toole to his destination without incident.