Patreon Flashback — Ep. #70: Titangate Part 4

3h 59m | Jan 28, 2024

Since we want everyone to be able to learn from our Patreon series on the 1992 "Titangate" sex and drug scandals in WWE, want to be able to direct everyone to the shows, and don't want to give anyone the idea that we're trying to make money off of the awful new lawsuit against WWE, we're releasing all four Titangate shows for free. Permanently. We're really proud of the work we did on these, and we hope that everyone can learn from them.


Content warning: By necessity of covering this topic, though it is not the sole focus, this episode contains a significant amount of discussion of sexual harassment, sexual assault, and child sexual abuse, a non-trivial amount of which is descriptive. If you have any concerns that this content may be triggering or otherwise upsetting to you, then skipping this episode may be advisable.

It's July, and you know what that means: The fourth and final part of our Patreon-exclusive deep dive into what became known as Titangate, the overarching collection of scandals that hit the WWF in 1992. Topics include:

  • Alex Marvez breaking the story of the federal grand jury investigation into the ring boy scandal in the Miami Herald...weeks after Dave Meltzer buried the lede while reporting it in the Observer.
  • The emergence of "Barney," the teenage boy who came off like a plant when asking an audience question on Donahue and then came forward with a new sexual assault allegation against Mel Phillips.
  • Jeff Savage's Penthouse feature that expanded his San Diego Union-Tribune reporting into a larger feature.
  • Paul Roma, in John Clark's Wrestling Flyer, accusing Pat Patterson of telling him to sleep with a different Titan Sports executive if he wanted a bigger push.
  • Murray Hodgson's confidence eroding after his lawyer quit during his deposition.
  • Cheryl Vasquez's protest of a WWF house show in Poughkeepsie, where at least one wrestler allegedly tried to run her over with his car.
  • Pat Patterson's return to the WWF in late August.
  • Bill Kunkel going scorched earth in his Potshots column in Three Count, criticizing Savage for how he handled errors in the Penthouse story, Marvez for not reporting on his and the New York Times' own back and forth with Jerry McDevitt, and others.
  • Our summation of the scandals and how they relate to Vince McMahon's 2022 downfall.

...and much more. When we started this series in April, we had no idea it would become as topical as it has, but here we are.


0:00:00 Weeks of June 15-July 20, 1992

1:05:35 Week of July 27, 1992

2:18:14 Week of August 3, 1992

3:02:27 Weeks of August 17-August 31, 1992

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