The ring crew kid, whose name was Tom Cole, had been reviewing assignments for the next stop on the WWF circuit with his supervisor, Mel Phillips.
A few years later, Phillips was a central figure in a pedophilia scandal that came within a federal grand jury of sinking the WWF, and Tom Cole was the chief whistleblower. More on that later. The wrestler who made the remark to Cole had recently retired from the ring due to blood clots in his lung a condition that can be caused by abuse of muscle-enhancing anabolic steroids though he claimed it was from Agent Orange.
His forced retirement turned out to be a big break, however, for he soon found fame as a heel commentator on WWF television. Now he was about to head to Hollywood for an even bigger break: But this is not a disquisition on the sexual content of cfthe wrestling product. It is a report on the companion phenomenon of sex inside wrestling.
The question is whether the backstage manipulations of promoters, bookers, performers and hangers-on mirror the displaced fetishes, dominance games and double and sometimes single entendres so boldly evident on the sunny side of the proscenium.
And the answer is: Understand, for starters, that wrestling sex is to real sex what wrestling violence is to real violence. Just as the most effective punch is the pulled variety, the best fuck is the mind kind. Consenting adults trespass this blue line at their own risk. Wrestlers tend to take method acting to extremes. When Chris went to the gym, Nancy went with him.
When he went to his hotel room, she … well, you get the point. Before long, life was imitating art. It is not known if Sullivan sent a shower gift. Chris Benoit was by now in the WWF. Hart, who now wrestles for WCW, denies the rumor. It also must be noted that Hart has had more important things on his mind since the death of his brother, Owen, during a stunt at a WWF pay-per-view show.
Husband-and-wife combos are no less common among wrestlers than in other professions. Sytch is now married to wrestler Chris Candido. And there are many, many others. That Stephanie is billed with a hyphenated surname on Smackdown is about as meaningful as the championship belt her bogus hubby once held and may one day regain.
And you thought Vince was kidding when he said he wanted his children to follow him in the family business. As long ago as the early 80s, dressing-room scuttlebutt ascribed a quickie National Wrestling Alliance title change to a blowjob that a certain promoter was allowed to administer to his short-lived young champion. In the last decade, Barry Orton, a second-generation wrestler who is now out of the business, claimed that his resistance to sexual harassment was the reason he never rose above prelim status.
Another disillusioned ex-WWFer, Billy Jack Haynes, used to joke that he had to be careful about bending down for a bar of soap on the shower floor. Cole got started with the WWF around at the age of 12, in Yonkers, New York, through Mel Phillips, then a ring announcer and head of the ring crew. Garvin popped a porn tape into the VCR and offered to fellate Cole, who declined and spent the night in a van parked outside.
Shortly thereafter, Cole was fired. Cole first told his story to Phil Mushnick of the New York Post and now TV Guide , the only mainstream journalist who has given the industry any kind of sustained scrutiny. But within a few weeks, Patterson had quietly returned. Meanwhile, WCW has had several parallel pieces of litigation.
The best known of them featured former valet Missy Hyatt and was settled in And not every incident of male aggression stops at sex. Observers who have studied the case still question the official ruling of accidental death.
And when they smelled blood, accusers of varying degrees of probity came out of the woodwork faster than The Rock can ooze hip-hop attitude. One of them, Murray Hodgson, who was briefly employed by the WWF in a minor TV announcing slot, claimed in a civil lawsuit that Pat Patterson had crudely propositioned him.
Both Chatterton and Stuart have since disappeared into the fog machine. Ultimately, the grand jury ignored the sex stuff and handed down indictments on charges that McMahon had brokered illegal steroid transactions for WWF wrestlers through a Pennsylvania doctor.
Bergman also is the brother of Lowell Bergman, the 60 Minutes producer who took on the tobacco industry and is portrayed by Al Pacino in The Insider. In any event, a jury acquitted McMahon on all counts.
Now fast-forward four years. McMahon, heretofore a babyface TV announcer, calculates that he is of more value to his company playing the evil corporate boss in a feud with Stone Cold Steve Austin.
And the magazine writers buy it, giving Virtual Vince even more of an outlaw image than he deserves. Book that, Kevin Sullivan.