This is the 324th 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.
Keeping Kayfabe in Kentucky
In December of 1984, Roddy Piper was pulled over by police in the town of Covington, Kentucky. The police suspected Piper of being intoxicated and administered and field sobriety test. It was revealed a little later that Piper had a .20% blood alcohol level and in the state of Kentucky, .10% was considered intoxicated. Piper was arrested and jailed for drunk driving. Not long after Piper was in a jail cell, two of Piper’s biggest on screen rivals (Jimmy ‘Superfly’ Snuka and The Tonga Kid) posted the $500 bond and got Piper released.
Since this was 1984 and kayfabe was still strong in professional wrestling…Snuka and Tonga Kid made it look like they were bailing him out to beat him up. Piper took off without properly being released by the Kenton County deputies. In March of 1985, Piper no showed his court appearance for the drunk driving arrest. He was ordered to pay a $397.50 fine and had his license suspended for six months. The judge offered Piper the opportunity to reduce his suspension by 30 days if he agreed to attend an alcohol education class in either Kentucky or New Jersey. No word if Piper ever agreed to the offer.
In a separate case, Roddy was charged with contempt of court for abruptly leaving jail with proper paper work and for no showing his arraignment. The judge ordered Piper to appear in court for that charge, but no word if he ever did.
Chase Owens is a wrestler who was trained by Rock N Roll Express’ Ricky Morton in 2007. Owens made a name for himself in New Japan Pro Wrestling as a member of ‘The Bullet Club.’ In January of 2020, an unidentified female wrestler came forward and accused Owens of trying to solicit sex from her when she was 16 years old. The anonymous female said that she made it known to Owens that she was just 16 and allegedly Owens retorted by saying… ‘So you’re saying you’re 18?’ The comment was apparently alluding that if Owens and this girl had sex, he wanted her to tell him she was of age. She insisted that she never did.
After the first accuser came forward with her story…several other wrestlers came forward with their Chase Owens stories. One from a wrestler who claimed that Chase used his powerful connections with both Ricky Morton and New Japan to try and convince female wrestlers and trainees to sleep with him or else. Chase was also accused of allegedly preying on fellow wrestlers wives and girlfriends. He allegedly tried to bed several wives/girlfriends while a star in the locker room at indie shows.
Chase Owens would respond to the initial allegations by tweeting it was all a part of an angle for an independent promotion he was working for. That tweet was then taken down, when the female accuser said she never worked for that particular promotion. New Japan did not render any punishment towards Chase due to these allegations.
Turn That Brown Upside Down
In the early days of his career, D’Lo Brown was paired with New Jack and Mustafa Saed in Smoky Mountain Wrestling as a part of The Gangstas. Brown recalled the after hours party scene in that territory as not being all that exciting. No big night clubs or bars to really speak of. Brown said that for the most part, Saed was more interested in smoking weed than going out and getting drunk. So that basically left Brown and New Jack out on the town looking for parties and women.
Brown claimed that one night, he and New Jack saw and were attracted to the same woman. This ultimately led to a confrontation between the two wrestlers. Brown said that New Jack jumped Brown in a parking lot and beat on him for going after the same female as him. D’Lo being the youngster just took the beating and left New Jack alone. Brown did say that the next day, New Jack apologized to him and blamed the attack as being too drunk on Jack Daniels.
A Wrestling Goddess
Anastasia Draganova was once an aspiring professional wrestler based out of the United Kingdom. While wrestling on the indies wasn’t exactly paying the bills, Anastasia turned to becoming a dominatrix. The much more profitable profession allowed her to combine her love of wrestling with dominating men at the same time. Anastasia now goes by the name of Goddess Anastaxia .