FL—Former WWE and Impact Wrestling star and fellow OVW alum Tyson Tomko was arrested and charged with robbery after he allegedly went in to a St. Augustine, FL CVS pharmacy and demanded OxyCodone from the pharmacist. Tomko then went to a local Chili’s restaurant, asked for a spoon and then hid in the bathroom where he allegedly shot up the drugs.
According to police Tomko was found in the restroom of the restaurant with needle marks and blood running down his arm and he had flushed some substance down the toilet as police closed in. Tomko admitted to police that he had demanded the drugs from the pharmacy but denied that he had threatened any of the employees. Tomko also told police that he had a serious drug problem.
Tomko had runs with the WWE and with Impact Wrestling and went to Japan to work for NJPW but never did more than play the role of a bodyguard, which was ironic since he had been a body guard for the rock band Limp Bizkit at one point. Tomko was taken to the hospital after his arrest and the booked on the robbery charge and is currently being held on $7,500 bail. Reports state Tomko was given three bottles of Oxy or roughly 210 pills and he crushed and injected 178 of those. CVS pharmacists said that Tomko reportedly demanded the drugs and remarked “don’t make me hurt you” while holding his hand in his pocket to simulate he had a weapon.
Additional charges could be filed in relation to the robbery and at the very least Tomko is looking at a felony and up to three years in jail.
–The new contract Hulk Hogan signed with Impact Wrestling is for two years at up to two million a year and word is he did not renew but Impact Wrestling exorcised an option.
–The AWE Night of Legends PPV has added a country music act to the show, Jon Morton is schedule to appear at the October 15 event in Fishersville, VA. Morton is the son of Ricky Morton, who will be on the show with partner Robert Gibson going against Kevin Nash and a mystery partner. Who you know or who you are related to…
–More Kurt Angle nuttiness, in shilling for his upcoming PPV match with Bobby Roode, Angle compared his opponent to Eddie Guerrero, Shawn Michaels and even Chris Benoit when it comes to match quality. Well, I can appreciate Angle putting over Roode but honestly there is a point when it becomes ridiculous.
–Friend of the Show Brock Lesnar has said that there is a possibility of him returning to wrestling for one more match if he and WWE CEO Vince McMahon can agree on something that makes sense. The talk of Lesnar v. Undertaker at WrestleMania has already started…
–The Wrestling Revolution Project, long touted as the new beginning of professional wrestling, is going to get a name change soon according to Jeff Katz the founder of the group. The first TV tapings were held yesterday in Los Angeles and will continue today and tomorrow. A rebrand before the official launch?
–The auction site that Impact Wrestling has been touting in the last few days and that I reported on in an earlier column, is really starting to get press. I am hoping there are a lot more items to choose from than Jeff Hardy autographed swag though, and soon.
–Pro wrestling is a funny business, it is a place where you can be messed up on drugs and booze and have a benefit show in your “honor.” You can get more publicity after you leave a company and are soon known more for what you say post-employment than what you did in the ring while employed.
–David Hart Smith and Julio Dinero will headline the Primal Conflcit Wrestling show in Harper’s Ferry, WV on November 5 at the KOA Campground.
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–Coming soon are reviews of Memphis Heat and Woo Mercy The Jimmy Valiant Experience and my interview with The Big Whiz.