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For years Sir Mo, along with perennial tag team partner King Mabel, entertained millions as part of the WWE. Getting their start in the Carolinas and later moving to the USWA working for Jerry Lawler the duo quickly became one of the hottest tag teams in wrestling and caught the eye of WWE CEO Vince McMahon who brought them to New York and gave them a huge push that included a run with the WWE World Tag Team Championship.

After Mo finished up with the WWE he returned to Memphis and the USWA as well as other off-shoot promotions in the area and then it would seem Mo would fade into obscurity.

Though Sir Mo was little more than a memory to hardcore fans, Bobby Horne continued to be part of the business, starting his own promotion, running shows and helping up and coming stars realize their dream. What many do not know is that while Horne was helping others he was actually the one in need, suffering from kidney failure.

For over seven years Horne has battled with kidney disease that is now end stage renal failure and he undergoes dialysis three times a week as he awaits a kidney transplant.

Dialysis is a process that helps remove waste and excess water from the blood and takes at minimum four hours each time but the after effects can leave one feeling drained and depleted for hours after it is finished. Horne has to receive dialysis treatment three times a week and is often found resting the rest of the day when it is over. There are good days and bad days even with dialysis and the fluid build-up has an effect on more than just his kidneys, it also takes a toll mentally.

“My faith gets me through most days,” Horne said. “That and the fans who have always been there for me, they are a great comfort too.”

Doctors say Horne is a good candidate for a transplant and is on the list but that list is ever increasing and often by the time a suitable donor is found, it is too late. Horne is fortunate though because his step-daughter has offered to donate one of her kidneys and is willing to put off her college and career plans to help her step-father.

“I’m blessed in so many ways and what she is doing, she is an angel. God love her she is an angel.” Horne said.

Even though it would seem all is right with the world, a kidney from a willing and compatible donor and the fortitude to carry on even though the surgery is very risky for both he and his step-daughter, things are far from easy for the former WWE SuperStar.

Transplant surgery is one of the most expensive operations to perform and can exceed a million dollars depending on what organs are replaced and how much time is involved in the procedure. For Horne this surgery will cost upwards of $150,000 of which he must raise 20% or $30,000 before doctors will schedule the operation.

“The WWE has made money from my likeness for 20 years and will continue to do so after I am dead and gone. They donate millions from a corporate account to help people in the ghetto and they have spent hundreds of thousands on rehab for people. I asked them for help and they sent me a couple of small boxes of merchandise worth maybe a couple hundred dollars to auction off,” Horne lamented.

“Maybe I should turn into an alcoholic or a drug addict or get arrested for DUI since that seems to be the kind of people they (WWE) are quick to help,” he added. “I’ve never had a drug problem but I have been dealing with kidney failure for seven years and three on dialysis but they (WWE) are not willing to help anyone with legitimate medical issues.”

A benefit show that was scheduled in April to help raise funds to defray the costs for Horne had to be canceled. “I have to go to Charlotte for more tests, to make sure I am healthy enough for the surgery. I have to lose about 20 more pounds and come up with the money before they (doctors) will even consider it though,” Horne stated.

Out of sight out of mind seems to be a disease many veterans of the squared circle suffer from, they are all too often forgotten about once they are no longer on TV or not part of a national wrestling group. There are a number of former wrestlers who are dealing with lingering injuries and medical problems who have to suffer because they do not have the resources to seek the proper care and sometimes surgery. Although many believe some of the veterans “made tons of money” while they were in the spotlight that is not often the case since in the 80s and 90s wrestlers were responsible for their own transportation, lodging and food as well as trying to maintain a home and family.

There have been campaigns using platforms like Kickstarter and IndieGoGo to raise funds to help some of those in need get capital for much needed surgery including Scott Hall and Marty Janetty. Such a campaign is currently being considered for Horne and there are other benefit shows in the developmental stage but for now Horne remains optimistic and hopeful.

“I thank God every day he lets me see the sunshine.”

  • Barry Horowitz

    he was just scouting Jerry Lawlers next ex-wife.

  • D2K

    Most of the documentaries I look at are from an external source like CNBC, Discovery Channel, ESPN, etc. It would be a different story it if was about steroids because there is a lot of shenanigans concerning whether or no Vince forced his wrestelrs to take them. Hogan testified in the 1994 federal trial that he did not. So eitehr …

    A. Hogan was lying.
    B. Vince did force people and he didn’t know about it
    C. He was telling truth.

    Again, this isn’t about WWE being responsible for employees. I spent an entire paragraph in this thread explaining that. Don’t know why you are bringing it up. This is about what you also agree with that WWE should chip-in to help out.And they have done that and they may do that in Mo’s case as well.

  • HodgieGuy

    “The WWE has made money from my likeness for 20 years and will continue to do so after I am dead and gone”…….Yup WWE is making a fortune off of your ima……wait a second, when in the hell was the last time WWE has used your image? I for one haven’t seen your character in years, not even on Vintage.

    Good luck with your health issues though, hope you get the transplant you need.

  • Scooter

    I figure he’d be better working for RF video ;)

  • Mabry

    Ok, two extremely long replies, i will try to answer both here.

    First of all, i have not said nor did i mean to say that WWE shouldnt help. All am saying is that its not “their obligation”… Through year weve heard guys talking about their issues as if they were WWE´s own, and its not. WWE helps some, i dont know under what standards, but am sure they do, which is great.

    Drug abuse, alcohol abuse, am not in favor of them, we´ve seen too many trow away great creers ant talent (Roberts), and many others die because of it (ms.Eliabeth), and i dont think its WWE`s obligation to help out either, but if they feel like its their fault in any way, then well, its their point of view and its great that they could help those too.

    Regarding Mo´s situation, i would be really glad and even proud of WWE if they helped him, but if they dont, dude, it doesnt make them evil. I insist, all am saying is that it bothers me a bit when someone tries to make WWE look bad (way too many do) by blaming the company for their trouble. If you get dabdly injured its the risk of this business and everyone knows it. I mean if am working and on my way home i suffer an accident, or hell, if i get some desease to my back because am sitting all day (i work siting all day, am an accountant), i wont demand the company i work for to pay for whatever treatment i must get. If thay do, awesome, but if they dont i wont complain, and if there is something written regarding any of these “than” ill demand for something.

    I do believe however in Royalties. If a wrestler is shown on recaps or whatever promotional video, that guy should get payed a royaltie for the use of their image….

    I hope you understand my point, i dont want to be a jerk nor insensitive, just giving my point of view about a certain situation.

    And if i missed any point from your replies let me know, id like to answear it as well…

  • Mabry

    Ok, two extremely long replies, i will try to answer both here.
    First of all, i have not said nor did i mean to say that WWE shouldnt help. All am saying is that its not “their obligation”… Through year weve heard guys talking about their issues as if they were WWE´s own, and its not. WWE helps some, i dont know under what standards, but am sure they do, which is great.

    Drug abuse, alcohol abuse, am not in favor of them, we´ve seen too many trow away great creers ant talent (Roberts), and many others die because of it (ms.Eliabeth), and i dont think its WWE`s obligation to help out either, but if they feel like its their fault in any way, then well, its their point of view and its great that they could help those too.

    Regarding Mo´s situation, i would be really glad and even proud of WWE if they helped him, but if they dont, dude, it doesnt make them evil. I insist, all am saying is that it bothers me a bit when someone tries to make WWE look bad (way too many do) by blaming the company for their trouble. If you get dabdly injured its the risk of this business and everyone knows it. I mean if am working and on my way home i suffer an accident, or hell, if i get some desease to my back because am sitting all day (i work siting on my ass all day, am an accountant), i wont demand the company i work for to pay for whatever treatment i must get. If thay do, awesome, but if they dont i wont complain, and if there is something written regarding any of these “than” ill demand for something.

    I do believe however in Royalties. If a wrestler is shown on recaps or whatever promotional video, that guy should get payed a royaltie for the use of their image….

    I hope you understand my point, i dont want to be a jerk nor insensitive, just giving my point of view about a certain situation.
    And if i missed any point from your replies let me know, id like to answear it as well…

  • Stumpy

    Maybe they’re hoping he will find them the next model/diva to win the title…

  • Stumpy

    I am not going to completely disagree with what you are saying, however, if you have seen any documentary, and not the ones that the Big E puts out themselves, you will hear old school wrestlers talk about how some guys had to take pain killers to overcome injuries so they could wrestle 300 days a year and sometimes 2 – 3 times a day and the addictions started from there. That is where I am saying that maybe, just maybe, they feel partly responsible.
    And yes, I know about Hall and Roberts so there is no need to point out again that they were this way before they stepped foot in the Big E.

    Should the help Mo? As a goodwill gesture, yes they should. But do they have to or should they be expected to? No and it’s asinine to feel that way. Once again, they cannot help everyone. But since they are going for that family-friendly, we are sympathetic appearance, it would be in their best interest to help him.
    If you quit a company over 10 years ago and suddenly came down with a life-threatening affliction, would you expect them to step up and pay your medical bills and then trash them over the internet when they didn’t? Probably not. But in this Age of Entitlement, there is no telling what people will do anymore.

  • D2K

    You mean like Scott Hall. A grown man that made a choice to drink alcohol. WWE did
    force him to do anything. He was driking before he even came to WWE. Or perhaps Jake “The Snake” Roberts. Admittedly, he’s been an alcoholic since he was 8 years old. WWE certainly had nothing to do with that. He made the decision to do drugs and alcohol. Even in the face of temptation of having alcohol thrown in his face, having someone putting alcohol in his coke bottle, and guys ribbing him to take a drink when at bars, he stayed sober during his 1996 stint in WWE. It wasn’t until his wife took the kids and left him that he got depressed and fell of the wagon again.

    There are DOZEN of wrestlers that have performed under the WWF/E banner that have never taken a steroid, never taken a drink, and never taken any recreational drugs. They are all adults and all chose to make and decisions.

    The reason why I bring is this up is because to say that the reason why they have dolled out money to help people recover from addictions is because they feel personally responsible is shaky at best, ludicrous at worst. They may indeed feel responsible, but they aren’t responsible nor are they obligated to help. They chose to help Scott Hall, Sunny, Jake, and many others. That can choose to help Mo as well.

    And I think they will because they have helped people. They don’t have to announce it to everyone (nor should they.) One of the reasons Bruno Sammartino agreed to come back into the fold is because there is documented proof that WWE has chipped into help former talents with medical issues. That was one for the many reason that kept him away for so long.

    I’m just trying to get this whole ‘SOL’ attitude out of here in regards to Mo’s condition. It’s not what the company says it stands for any longer, nor is it what they stand for in practice.

  • D2K

    No, WWE does not have to financially provide for a former independent contractor. No, WWE is not obligated to provide financial assistance for a former independent contractor. When a wrestler signs with a company everything that is in their contract that they negotiate is their responsibility to uphold and likewise the employer. If no such language is in the the contract then there simply is no provision for the company to provide assistance in any way beyond that which is in the contract. So once the contract expires, you are on your own.

    Now with that being said, as an organization that heralds itself of being a champion of those who cannot help themselves (sick, disabled, bullied, etc.) and with Vince McMahon having a personal net-worth of over 500 million dollars WWE should WANT to help Mo with his operation. They should be the first people in line to chip-in.

    The same exact reasons (and valid reasons) of why WWE is not obligated to help Mo and why some of you are insinuating that they should simply because they don’t half to also apply to Scott Hall and I watched Stephanie McMahon-Levesque say with her own two lips that they have shelled out a 6-figure amount to help rehabilitate a man who had a drinking problem.

    Now WWE might indeed chip-in for this operation. I don’t think this request has been out that long. So they could still choose to help out. I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt that they will and I hope and pray that they will. I just wanted to point out that the fact that they aren’t obligated to help someone doesn’t mean they should or won’t and the fact that the first reactions to people whom are crying out for help to save their lives are not….

    “I hope WWE does help him out”

    but instead are

    “why does WWE have to take care for everyone???, its great that they care
    but, why is it that every former WWE star expects to receive help from
    them??,”

    I find deplorable.

  • ddfindl

    TL;DR

  • Scooter

    Why would they associate with a guy who’s known for requesting nudes from 15 year old girls?

  • Mabry

    your right about that too!!!

  • Mabry

    yep, thats true…. they cant take responsability about everyone. What they should do maybe is to pay fees to those that are shown on tv or videos… other than that, i dont think its their responsability…

  • Scooter

    Not to mention Hall and Jannetty have been offered help in the past and fucked it up for themselves!

  • Stumpy

    I actually agree with you. I don’t know of too many corporations that take care of former employees the way the Big E does. But it is not their job to take care of everyone. I think they take care of the rehab stints because they feel partly to blame for some of the wrestlers’ addictions. Kidney failure, unfortunately, is not a side effect from wrestling and the Big E did nothing to cause it or exacerbate it.

  • Mabry

    dont want to sound like a jerk nor mean to be cruel, but, why does WWE have to take care for everyone???, its great that they care but, why is it that every former WWE star expects to receive help from them??, I insist, not being a jerk, but i dont get it….

  • Jack

    Jannetty is having the same problem getting help for his ankles. I guess WWE only cares if it hurts their image.

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