This is the 352nd 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.
Hawaii 5 Oh?
Mr. Wrestling II aka Johnny Walker wrestled from the mid 1950’s to the late 1980’s. His most successful years coming in the 1970’s. He was considered a favorite of both President Jimmy Carter and his mother Lillian, who were both wrestling fans. Mr. Wrestling II was invited to the White House on a number of occasions.
In August of 1953, before his wrestling career took off, Johnny Walker was arrested in Waikiki, Hawaii at the age of 18. He was one of 9 males arrested in connection of the gang rape of a 15 year old girl. Walker had to register as a sex offender. Walker passed away in 2020 at the age of 85.
Bell to Cell
In 2005, former WWE senior VP of licensing and merchandising….James Bell was arrested and charged with mail fraud. While a WWE executive from 1998 until 2000, Bell allegedly arranged an outside WWE licensing agent to receive commissions on licensing agreements it was not entitled to. The outside firm would then give James Bell kickbacks as a part of their deal without WWE’s consent.
Facing up to five years in jail, Bell plead guilty to one federal count of mail fraud. He was sentenced to eight months in prison and three years probation. WWE also sued Bell and the outside licensing firm in a civil suit.
The Power of Crist Compels You
Pro wrestler/trainer Dave Crist was accused by his ex girlfriend of mental and sexual abuse when the two were together. The ex’s name is ‘Hannah Horror’ an artist who claimed that Crist had multiple affairs and let her know about them. She also claimed that Crist took a knife and threatened to destroy her paintings, flipped over tables in anger because she asked for a kiss in public and allegedly set traps to get her to look through his phone and see text messages from other women.
Hannah’s biggest accusation was that she got drunk and passed out in a cab and Crist allegedly took her to his home and forcibly had sex with her multiple times without her consent. Crist and his brother Jake were a tag team competing for Impact Wrestling at the time the accusations came out. Dave Crist was subsequently released from the company.
Comedian and wrestling personality Jason Sensation claims that former WWE announcer Kevin Kelly bullied him mercilessly while Sensation was in WWF’s developmental territory in Memphis, Tennessee. According to Sensation, Kevin Kelly was helping run that territory for the WWF and was not fond of Jason Sensation. Kelly was allegedly extremely critical of Jason and put him down constantly in front of other wrestlers. Kevin Kelly also badmouthed him to WWF management.
Sensation said the constant bullying by Kelly started putting Sensation into a mental tailspin. Sensation who has always battled depression was getting worse due to Kelly’s repeated criticisms. When Jason was released by the WWF, it was Kevin Kelly who delivered the news. One of the last things Kelly sarcastically said to Sensation was allegedly “Don’t go jump off a bridge now” knowing Sensation’s battle with depression.
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