November 8, 2003
By TJ Madigan
A 35-year-old man in Tampa, Fla., is facing 120 years in jail for impersonating a doctor and illegally distributing anabolic steroids to wrestlers. According to reports in the Tampa Tribune, John Todd Miller was arrested after a raid on his office last week. Investigators believe Miller had been operating the illegal practice for six months, selling muscle-enhancing steroid shots to his clients at $100 a pop.
The local sheriff\'s office claims Miller\'s customers included law enforcement officers, businessmen and \"very recognizable\" professional wrestlers. Many top-level grapplers, past and present, reside in the Tampa area but no one has been named in the investigation.
Police claim they have obtained a list of Miller\'s clients, which may be released if charges are pressed.
Miller has been charged with 14 felonies, mostly for possession and distribution of a controlled substance.
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LOCKWOOD DIES: On Thursday afternoon, with the premature death of Road Warrior Hawk still fresh in the minds of wrestling fans, Michael Lockwood was found dead in the Florida home of fellow wrestler Steven Richards.
Lockwood was best known for his stint in the WWE as Crash Holly and his most recent run as Mad Mikey in NWA TNA. Wrestling Observer scribe Dave Meltzer reported Lockwood may have choked on his own vomit. No further details have been released at press time. Lockwood was 34.
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RAW DEAL: Matt Hardy has been missing from Smackdown for the past two weeks in preparation for a switch to Raw.
He\'s been backstage at Raw twice this month and is expected to make his full debut at Monday\'s TV taping in Boston.
Jeff Hardy was also backstage at Raw last week but he was just visiting friends and there\'s no truth to rumours the brothers will be reuniting as a tag team.
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HART PROBLEM: Ted Hart ran into some problems at a Ring of Honour event in New York last weekend.
After a tag match against the Backseat Boyz, the 24-year-old Hart prodigy (grandson of Stu, nephew of Bret) completely broke the storyline by performing backflips off the cage instead of selling the scripted finish.
ROH management felt it was a severe breach of etiquette and vowed never to work with him again.
Hart issued a statement on Tuesday, apologizing for his actions and claiming he had suffered a concussion during the match and had no recollection of what he did after the final bell. He had vomited in the ring several times after the match.
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BACK TO WORK: The honeymoon is over for Triple H and Stephanie McMahon -- literally -- as the couple will be back on the road next week.
Steph will jump straight back into the mix as head writer but she\'s expected to stay off TV and out of the storylines until at least December. Triple H has a match to build for Survivor Series, so he\'s being booked to do a run-in during Goldberg\'s bout with Batista on Monday\'s Raw.