Torch Flashbacks ECW's Sandman gets in fight backstage, creates a scene inside the ring - 5 Yrs. Ago
Jun 6, 2005 - 9:50:00 PM
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By Jason Powell, Torch assistant editor
Originally published: Pro Wrestling Torch Weekly newsletter #605
Cover dated: June 10, 2000
Sandman's drunken antics reached a new low at a house show in Pensacola, Florida. Several sources say Sandman (James Fullington) arrived at the show "more intoxicated than usual." Prior to the show, even during a Paul Heyman locker room address, sources say he became a nuisance. Before his match, witnesses say Sandman took his clothes off in the backstage area and "paraded around naked." Witnesses say at one point, he picked up Dawn Marie's hair brush and used it to comb his pubic hair. Later, he grabbed the Musketeer's sword and pretended to insert it into his butt. As the evening went on, Sandman became "insanely drunk" and sources observed him to be "drunker than he's ever been, at least at work."
***image1:***Sandman exposed himself to the crowd during the show's main event (Sandman & Tommy Dreamer & Tajiri & Raven vs. Steve Corino & Jack Victory & Scotty Anton & Rhino). Sandman was the last of eight wrestlers to make his entrance. Correspondents report that he stumbled to the ring and fell a couple of times in the process. Once in the ring, Sandman began caning the heels with stiff shots. He took the house mic, held up his cane, and said, "This is my big cane and this is my little cane," pointing to his penis. After mooning the crowd a couple of times, Sandman dropped his pants, exposing his penis to the crowd. While many of the fans cheered Sandman, the wrestlers working with him and nearly everyone backstage were said to be upset. At one point, Tajiri attempted to pull Sandman's pants up. Witnesses say all of the wrestlers, especially Dreamer and Rhino, appeared to be furious with Sandman's behavior. Corino walked around ringside telling fans: "Sorry, we didn't mean to kill the town. Sorry, we won't be back." Meanwhile, backstage, Heyman was heard yelling at Bill Alfonso to line up a car so that Sandman could be escorted from the building immediately after the match. However, Sandman remained in the building for some reason and problems escalated.
Also, Sandman and Jack Victory got into a fight in a locker room bathroom. After the match, Sandman walked backstage where he was met by an angry Heyman who asked, "What the f--- were you thinking?" Some of the wrestlers involved in the eight-man tag started to complain about the stiff cane shots Sandman had given them prior to the match. Heyman and Sandman ended up talking later in a bathroom. Victory walked into the room, expressed his anger with Sandman's caneshots, and exchanged words with him. Heyman stood between the two men, trying to keep peace. Victory reached over Heyman and hit Sandman with a forearm. Sandman retaliated by reaching over Heyman and driving his fingers into Victory's eyes. Victory grabbed Sandman by the ears and gave him four quick headbutts. Sal E. Graziano ran into the small room which was described as being as narrow as an airplane bathroom. Graziano got between the two men, causing Heyman to jump onto a toilet seat because of the lack of room. Graziano used his weight to force Sandman and Victory against the bathroom wall and yelled, "Fight's over." Both Sandman and Victory calmed down and went their separate ways. Within minutes of the fight, sources say Sandman and Victory were joking together about the fight. Sandman suffered a some lacerations to his forehead and a cut on his eyelid from Victory's headbutts. Victory's eyes were swollen from Sandman poking his fingers in them, but both were said to be alright.
Heyman fined and suspended Sandman. When asked for comment, Heyman told the TORCH, "Sandman's actions were inappropriate and unprofessional and he will face disciplinary action for them." Sandman was suspended without pay for this weekend's (and possibly next weekend's) shows, but the amount of the fine was not known. Sources add that Sandman later apologized to Heyman and was willing to accept whatever punishment he deems necessary. Heyman has said in the past that all fine money is put toward pay-per-view advertising so that the entire company benefits. Sandman did not respond to TORCH requests for a comment.
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