Wrestling With Sin: 337

Brian Damage

This is the 337th 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.

Spiked Mic

Often considered “the Walter Cronkite of professional wrestling,” Gordon Solie was idolized and imitated by many within the industry. One such person was Jim Ross who cited Solie as one of his wrestling idols. When Jim Ross was named an executive in WCW, one of the things he wanted to do was bring in Solie as a broadcaster. Ross claims that on Solie’s first day of work with the company….he got completely drunk before his TV taping.

Apparently, the first thing Solie did after his plane landed…was go to a nearby bar and drank for a couple of hours. Fearful that Solie would lose his job, Ross created a schedule that would get him in and out of Atlanta and back to his home in Florida before he could touch a drink. When Ross desperately needed a co host for a four hour TV taping in Birmingham, Alabama…Ross chose Solie.

Ross said that Solie was leery about doing the long gig because he was getting up in age and felt he wasn’t as good as he once was and also didn’t want to be sober for such a long period of time. Ross convinced Solie to do the tapings and bought a large thermos which he filled with orange juice and “a lot” of Vodka. Solie drank the entire four hours he was broadcasting and Ross said he did wonderfully.

Rougeau’s Revenge

Zarinoff Lebeouf was a wrestler, who was one half of the Yukon Lumberjacks that won the WWWF world tag team titles in 1978. A few years later, Lebeouf was wrestling in Quebec when he discovered that he would be wrestling a rookie named Armand Rougeau. Being a veteran who held numerous championships, Lebeouf felt disrespected to share the same ring with the youngster. During their match, Zarinoff decided to “shoot” on the rookie, roughing him up in the process.

When Armand returned backstage, his older brother Raymond saw him all bloodied and bruised and demanded to know what happened. The referee in the match explained why Lebeouf took liberties on Armand and Ray became incensed. On the next show, Ray demanded a match against Lebeouf and offered to do it for free. The promoter Gino Brito booked a match between Ray Rougeau and Zarinoff Lebeouf that night.

Before the bell rang to start the match, Ray told Lebeouf that he was only wrestling the match to kick his ass. Ray said he told him beforehand, because he wanted Lebeouf to know why and not make excuses later that he was ambushed in an unfair fight. According to Rougeau, the fight lasted a little bit over 3 minutes and Rougeau had brutally pummeled Lebeouf. So much so, Zarinoff Lebeouff never wrestled another match in Canada and basically retired to the United States.

The Hustle

British independent wrestler ‘The Glamour’ Mariah May accused her wrestling trainer Sid Scala of trying to control her while she was a trainee. She claimed that he would not allow her to take any bookings that he didn’t approve of. She claimed that Scala also used to verbally berate her in front of other students and in private. She also claimed his verbal abuse caused her a great deal of anxiety and depression as she felt that she couldn’t make it on her own without Sid’s help.

Mariah said that Sid also didn’t approve of her boyfriend and tried to split the two up on multiple occasions. Mariah said that Sid wanted her all to himself and used her desire to be a wrestler to get what he wanted. Scala joined NXT UK and was named the assistant to NXT UK general manager Johnny Saint. Mariah has since been sued by Scala and needed to create a GoFundMe account to raise money for her defense.

Colby ‘Say’ Cheese

Second generation wrestler Colby Corino was arrested in March of 2017. He was charged with petty theft and shoplifting in the state of Florida. Petty theft in Florida means stolen items with a value of $300 or less. This was the second arrest of Corino with the first involving drug possession in December of 2016 which was documented here.

Since these arrests, it looks like Colby has finally gotten himself clean and sober and his life back on track. He has since appeared a number of times on WWE television for RAW and 205 Live.

You can read all previous ‘Wrestling with Sin’ pieces here.

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