This is the 331st 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.
Ain’t That a Kick in the Teeth
When Arn Anderson joined Georgia Championship Wrestling, some wrestlers felt that he was undeserving to be there. One of those wrestlers was none other than Buzz Sawyer. According to Anderson, the two were booked in a match against each other and Sawyer decided to take liberties on ‘Double A.’ Anderson claimed that Sawyer threw Arn outside of the ring and threw him (back first) full force into the ring post.
Arn said he legitimately thought he broke his back…but Buzz didn’t stop there. He started taking shots at Arn’s sternum. With Arn gasping for air, he started asking Buzz to let up and take it easy. That only made Sawyer work stiffer. Finally having enough…Anderson says he forcefully threw Buzz down into a corner and started violently kicking Buzz in the face. Arn said the force of his kicks knocked out several of Sawyer’s teeth. The message was sent to the rest of the locker room that Arn Anderson deserved to be there.
What a Rube!
Reuben ‘Rube’ Wright was a professional wrestler from the 1930’s until the 1960’s. Wright, who was born in Texas, often portrayed a foreign wrestler named ‘Lu Kim.’ On December 11th, 1943…a drunk Rube Wright started harassing people on the Santa Monica Pier in California. Wright was calling one person a bunch of names and that person named Robert Barber took offense and shoved Wright to the ground. Wright then used his mat skills to take down Barber and brutalized the man with kicks and punches.
As it turned out, Robert Barber was a member of the United States Coast Guard. The incident made all the local papers. The wrestler was arrested and his case went to court. The judge in the case sentenced Wright to 30 days in a county jail…but suspended the sentence and placed him on probation.
In July of 2000, ECW held a pay per view called ‘Heatwave’ in Los Angeles, California. It just so happened to be the home base of ECW’s rival XPW owned by pornographer Rob Black. Members of XPW bought ringside tickets to the show in an effort to distract attention from the ECW event. Before the main event of the evening, XPW valet/porn star Kristi Myst took off her top which enraged ECW valet Francine.
As Atlas Security was trying to restore order….Myst allegedly put her hands on Francine. Francine would later say she was never touched. That led to the ECW locker room to empty out and confront all the XPW wrestlers that were ringside. As the XPW guys and gals were being escorted out of the building, but not before a few punches were thrown by each side.
The melee in the parking lot followed where the ECW wrestlers outnumbered the XPW crew. The XPW guys retreated into limos that were awaiting them.
Joshua Luke Morris was a pro wrestler/play by play/color commentator for several wrestling promotions in Australia. His wrestling alter ego was ‘The Luch’ and many considered him a true up and coming performer Down Under. Sadly, Morris was battling personal demons that led to a deep depression and he unfortunately took his own life in May of 2017. Joshua Luke Morris was just 25 years old at the time of his death.
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