WWE Scandals You Never Heard Of
WWE is full of scandals and while some of them have been under the public eye, there are some that you are probably not familiar with. Over the years we have seen a bunch of things any hardcore wrestling fan will not forget anytime soon, but what about the lesser-known scandals in pro wrestling? Here is ten of the best.
10. Suicide scandal
For Hugo Savinovich, a long-time WWF/E Spanish announcer, WrestleMania 13 could have been his last. There were multiple rumors about him abusing an underage girl as well as his usage of illegal substances, but none of this has been confirmed. Due to this, his family and freedom were in jeopardy, and he was going to kill himself were it not for his close friends such as Savio Vega, Pat Patterson and Gerry Brisco who saved his life by pulling him back from the brink of the balcony.
9. The luck of the Irish
The 1930s were particularly interesting when it comes to wrestling. Danno O’Mahony had amazing physical features, and he was really strong, and thanks to his size and look, he was earmarked for the top. However, he lacked talent, and the old school wrestler wanted a piece of him.
O’Mahony faced Jim Londos in the title duel, but you should know that Londos was promised $70,000 to lose the match and he told the press afterward that O’Mahony was strong enough to beat anyone. But people weren’t that gullible, especially the wrestlers who knew that size and strength didn’t matter in professional wrestling.
Instead of gaining more fame, the new champion was being booed in fights that took place later in the year, plus he was having issues with his working visa. The rivals wanted to expose O’Mahony’s weaknesses, but he and his promoter Paul Browser started to leave arenas forfeiting the booked matches.
Browser wanted to be in control of the events, so he booked the match between two of his clients – O’Mahony and Dick Shikat and the fight took place at Medison Square Garden in 1936. Instead of losing the clash, Shikat obliterated O’Mahony and won the match by submission. He later sold the title at auction to Billy Sandow, and had problems on his own, while Danno O’Mahony promoted himself as “legitimate” champion.
8. Spending time behind bars
Buck Zumhofe is a small time wrestler and promoter from the Midwest. If you are wondering why this guy isn’t familiar to you, it is probably for a short run in the AWA and some work he did in WWF. However, Zumhofe got a twenty-five years prison sentence for molesting his own daughter. He tried to flee the courthouse upon being convicted, but he got stopped by one of the officials.
7. Not everything is right about Wright
Had it not been for Wright’s issues with Freddie Blassie, his legacy would be flawless. Edward Wright, also known as Bearcat has been one of the best wrestlers in the history of professional wrestling. He was known for his charisma and a wide repertoire of moves few fighters had in them. He was also fighting for the rights of African-Americans in the country, and he became the first African-American world heavyweight champ in 1963.
Bearcat won the World Wrestling Associates’ top title from Freddie Blassie, which he was supposed to drop later in the year, but he refused to do so. Mike LeBell, the promoter of then WWA didn’t like that, and he hired his brother Gene LeBell to take care of Wright. Wright, aware that the defeat was inevitable refused to show up for the match, and he was stripped of the title.
6. Going out with Style
Businessman and wrestling promoter from the north-east Herbert Christian Abrams formed Universal Wrestling Federation in California in 1990 which was meant to return wrestling to its roots. He made some excellent television deals and he intended to challenge the primacy of Vince McMahon’s WWF and WCW. Even though he was ambitious, he was illegal substance user, and that led to a heart attack in 1996. He was found covered in the white substance, while he was surrounded by promiscuous women.
5. McMahon’s scandal
The Chairman of WWE, Vincent McMahon ended up in the news for something unrelated to business and wrestling. He was accused of harassment of a twenty-two-year-old masseuse in Boca Raton, Florida. McMahon tried to kiss her and remove his shirt and even though it was an embarrassment for the multi-millionaire, Jerry McDevitt, McMahon’s lawyer, provided an alibi, saying that McMahon wasn’t in Boca Raton at the time of the scandal.
Chris Adams is a legend in the ring, and he is responsible for creating an icon out of Steve Austin. However, outside the ring, Adams was leading a miserable life. He was involved with numerous substance abuse issues, and his wife and family left him because of the violence he frequently displayed.
In 2000, Adams was with his girlfriend Linda Kaphengst, and they were found overdosed once. Adams managed to recover, but his girlfriend passed away, and he was charged with manslaughter. He got shot by his best man and close friend Brent Parnell, who said that this was in self-defense and the court agreed with him, acquitting him of all charges.
3. The Original Scr*wjob
Although Wendi Richter was the former WWF Women’s Champion and the star of the first WrestleMania ever, she has been forgotten over the years despite her massive contribution to pro wrestling. She got induced in WWE Hall of Fame in 2010, but the way she left the organization in 1995 will never be forgotten.
This woman was hired on a contract with a minimal downside payment, and she got co-main event status at WrestleMania. Richter was supposed to regain the title from Leilani Kai that night. Her name was huge indeed, but she earned significantly less money than the other wrestlers and some non-wrestlers such as Mr. T. Moreover, Richter never got anything for the merchandise. At that point, she was asking for her share.
After that, Wendi faced The Spider at Madison Square Garden, but there was something fishy when he saw her old mentor, the Fabulous Moolah backstage. As the time passed by, Richter unmasked The Spider, who turned out to be no other than Moolah. That was the last straw as Richter walked out of the arena.
2. Adultery might kill you
William Welch used to be one of Xtreme Pro Wrestling’s biggest stars, but he suddenly got fired. It was said that he slept with Rob Black’s wife, Lizzy Borden. He protested his innocence, but he responded to the fan chants revealing his act later on.
This should have ended here, but Welch was a victim of home invasion when two men entered his house and attacked him. They wanted to cut off his thing, but he managed to defend himself, and he was confident that the attackers were sent by Black.
1. The old entrepreneur
More often than not, the wrestlers change the scripts and they win the match instead of losing, or they hit their opponents for real for one reason or another. But we have to journey way back to the early-1920 to meet entrepreneur Stanislaus Zbyszko. He was a feared wrestler, and he was booked to defeat Ed “Strangler” Lewis in a championship match.
He dropped his title to Lewis in 1922. The Gold Dust Trio lacked good men to tackle Lewis, and they pushed former football star Wayne Munn, and this move was frowned upon behind the scenes. Munn was not talented, but he defeated Lewis and became the new champ who also beat Zbyszko. In 1925, Munn was supposed to defeat Zbyszko once again in Philly, but Zbyzsko was paid by Tony Stecher, and he pinned Munn with ease.
Tony Stecher was Joe Stecher’s brother, and later on, Zbyszko got paid to lose the title he won to Joe, but Trio had to cover up the loss, and they pretended that it didn’t happen so they paired up Lewis and Munn and Lewis won the match. But they couldn’t fool everyone, and Stecher’s fight was the true one and Trio could deal with the humiliation after that.