Former WWE Wrestler Suffering From Kidney Failure, Says WWE Won’t Help Him

The following statement was issued by Robert Horne, who fans may remember as Mabel’s tag team partner Mo in Men on a Mission: 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.”

  • Dr.P

    Poppycock.

  • Jesse

    There is a difference between help for rehabilitation and a failed kidney. Of course I don’t want the guy to die. And you know what? It would be great if WWE did help,

    But..

    I can say with absolute certainty that WWE is not making any considerable money because of him anymore. Even when he was at the height of his career, I seriously doubt he was a huge asset.

    I’m wondering why he believes he is entitled to receiving probably more money than he even made in his career. On top of this – no offence, but the guy is obese – why should the WWE help him when he wouldn’t help himself? This wasn’t addiction related as far as I know – it’s not like he didn’t have the power to take care of himself…

    • Two Cents

      Everything I would have said has been said here…

    • heterosexual

      I dunno…WWE has hired plenty of heavily overweight guys before, they wanted them because they were the size they were. There may not be any on the roster now AFIAK, but you could have said that in years past aswell, then they bring back Viscera etc.

  • Forceton Banfodder

    If I get sick, I don’t expect my employer from 20+ years ago to float the bill. I don’t understand why any wrestler would either. Especially if the condition was not a direct result of being a wrestler.

    I feel for the guy, but getting mad because WWE won’t cover your health problems is just dumb. They’re a company, not a charity for wrestlers. Do movie studios cover the costs of retired actors medical bills? No. Do music companies cover the medical bills of retired entertainers? Nope. Hell, Insurance companies don’t even cover the medical bills of ex-employees.

    • Two Cents

      …and here.

    • fatneal

      its more about the gesture and wwe showing respect and appreciation for retired wrestlers service than it is about getting hand out…the big money didnt really come until the attitude era…most guys before then never saw a big payday or stable income in general and dont get me started on job security…i think so help would be nice…when you hear stuff like this it makes you sympathize with guys like lesnar or batista or even the barbie divas who came, used wwe as a stepping stone dmfor somethin better

      • Cujo999

        It would be a nice gesture. At the same time, WWE can’t just go around handing blank checks to every former talent with a medical condition, facing foreclosure, etc, etc. Everybody in the wrestling game knows the score. You have little to no job security unless you can draw money. You accept the terms of the contract you’re offered, and if you’re smart, you save every nickle you can because it could all end tommorrow. That’s the buisness. These guys are paid well while they’re in the big time, and they aren’t owed anything down the road after their time is done.

        • fatneal

          yeah but life happens dude…not everyone has a healthy stable balanced life to save and live happily ever after once the glory days are over…all im saying is there is several ways wwe can assist these guys..even if they dont give them money they can still give them the attention needed for fund raiseing events or even kickstarters…but saying no (although within their right) is kind of a dick move

      • Forceton Banfodder

        Yeah, but you don’t see that in the NFL or the NBA or any other sports organization. Apart from the Government, I don’t know of any job that promotes lifetime health insurance for retired individuals. If they created a precedent of goodwill toward one superstar, they would ultimately have to do so for all and its just not profitable for a company to take care of every single employee past and present.

        They are a business, first and foremost. Not a charity.

        Edit: I stand corrected, Major Sports leagues set up pension programs and 401k programs for their players, but they are union, and not every player is smart enough to pay into their 401ks.

        • http://www.facebook.com/tomwing77 Thomas Wing

          In wrestling…you are a independent contractor. WWE pays but it is the contractors responsibility to keep up and pay their own taxes. Its their responsibility to set up all their health care, retirement or whatever else. That’s not WWE’s job….its the wrestler’s job.

        • fatneal

          glad you edited yourself i was just about to correct you…but i still feel wee can do something…wrestlers past present and future are not entitled to anything but even if wwe doesnt just give them money out of their pocket they can still help in many ways…thats all im saying

          • Forceton Banfodder

            WWE pays them money. I don’t get paid as much as Cena or Kane, but I invest all my spare money because I know that shit happens. I really can’t feel sorry for people like Naitch (for one) who let their money flow like water without any regard to their future. I don’t have a pension in my future and any post career incomes are my responsibility. And thanks to certain parts of the government who are trying to take away any social safety nets away from the American people, I’m afraid more stories like this will become the norm for all people, not just former wrestlers.

            Pension plans would be good for wrestlers, I won’t disagree, they do put their bodies on the line so WWE can make billions. But based on the conditions McMahon (who is a hardline conservative and anti-union) has purposely set in place, I don’t think the wrestlers have the power to unionize and fight back the unfair working conditions.

          • fatneal

            i agree and i honestly think wwe is too small to unionize plus the line of work woud make it difficult to form a effective union anyway…..but dude its impossible to predict what life hands you…no matter how safe you are and how planned out your life is theres still room for a curveball…not saying thats the case here but just saying its always possible

            wwe can do anything to help literally ANYTHING but chooses to do nothing…thats the issue…wwe has a platform to help without giving any money…i dont care if he blew his money or not he is an alumni and part of an exclusive fraternity that should look out for each other

          • Forceton Banfodder

            Should, but as I said before, If they do it for one, they would have to do it for everyone. And Vince is too much of a scrooge to take care of the people that put him on top.

            It would be cooler if someone like Hogan, Taker, JBL or even the Rock used their excess moneys to create a support program for their colleagues. But none of them have done that either. Anyone really could step up and do this, or at least start it, having all wrestlers everywhere pay into it for their own futures. It could be done independently of any company and take care of ALL wrestlers.

  • fatneal

    i dunno…i feel like wwe should have money set aside to help some of these guys who built and/or maintained the company especially during the 90s when vince filed for bankruptcy like twice i think…at the vary least give him publicity and send a few talents to do a fund raising event to cover some of the cost…i think thats fair

    • 2muchfire

      That’s a great idea.

    • http://www.facebook.com/tomwing77 Thomas Wing

      In wrestling…you are a independent contractor. WWE pays but it is the contractors responsibility to keep up and pay their own taxes. Its their responsibility to set up all their health care, retirement or whatever else. That’s not WWE’s job….its the wrestler’s job..

      • fatneal

        i know that…my point is its a nice gesture and only adds to wwe image to care about the past and present roster…its like saying sure your not with the company anymore but we dont want any other wrestler dying before their time so lets help where we can. it literally takes no effort for wwe to have micheal cole announce on air of a kickstarter to help pay for half the bill….or maybe send a few talents to do a quick fund raiser to pay for some of the bill

  • John f

    This don’t happen in nfl nba MLB NHL they have benefits after they retire cause they have a union let the mcmahons live like whores and Linda couldn’t buy a election with 100 million dollars and they just keep working without a union

    • fatneal

      wwe is too small for a union…wont happen

  • arcade_arson

    it would be hard on wwe to pay for every former wwf/e wrestler who has or need to have treatment and expect wwe to pay for it

    • Vince

      But they pay for rehab for them and in some cases, more than once, like Sunny for example. WWE made money off them so doing something for them shouldn’t be hard for them, IMO

      • Forceton Banfodder

        Drug addiction is usually linked to the pain caused from years of putting their bodies on the line for the company, or to reclaim the high these guys used to get from coming out in front of a huge crowd. Both are direct results of being in the wrestling profession. Kidney failures, diabetes, etc, wrestling didn’t cause those problems, WWE has no responsibility to pay out to every former employee who wasn’t smart enough to invest their money when they were getting it.

        Does the NFL even cover rehab for their former players? Considering that, the WWE is extremely generous in that aspect.

  • Deleted_Account

    There is two W’s in WWE but none stands for welfare. They would go under in a hurry if that was the case.

  • CJCarter

    On the one hand, I agree with a lot of people here that are saying WWE has no real obligation to help pay, in part or full, for his surgery. It would be an amazing gesture, for sure. But they really don’t owe him anything.

    On the other hand, I don’t see how, when a former employee with a serious medical problem asks for help, they’ll send him merchandise to auction off. They’ll pay for Sunny’s rehab four times over, but next to nothing for Mo. Why will they pay for someone who realized their mistakes in life too little too late, but they won’t pay to help save a mans life from an ailment he didn’t choose?

  • MisterE

    You people are assholes, you’re telling me that as a wrestler for the wwe (a billion dollar corporation) and what the company expects from.out of it’s athletes. Chair shots to the lower back, countless body slams, knee injuries, muscle and bone damage, stress and many many other issues. All that these men and women give/gave to the company and fans,….you assholes are saying the wwe shouldn’t take care of or assist the wrestlers in whatever medical assistance they may encounter or need?! 80s and 90s wrestlers were responsible for their own transportation, lodging and food as well as trying to maintain a home and family. Do you guys really think that’s said for the likes of a John Cena, The Rock, CM Punk, Randy Orton?….times have changed and I guarantee you those mentioned are very well taken care of. But in the same note, for what the wwe excepted from and out of their talent, I think it’s fair to say the talent should be able to expect help them in a time of need. Most of you already know that most wrestlers do not make the money they do now, so it’s possible that ‘Mo’ didn’t make much money as one would think, but still he took risks in the rings just as much as the next wrestler…for the wwe. So out of consideration, respect and compassion, the wwe should step up to the plate to help him and ANY FORMER wrestler in need. It will not break their wallets in doing so, not even a tiny bit.

  • Exposer X

    Most of you here making comments have no idea what it’s really like in the WWE.
    Having to listen to Micheal Hayes call certain people n*gger and having to ignore it, main stayers like Teddy Long letting officials slap him up side his head and he does nothing but laugh like an Uncle Tom ! The vast majority if not ALL of the talent sent to rehab are WHITE! I’m a white man and it disgusting to me !
    WWE always has been and always will be racists !
    And for those you might say , like Kofi Kingston , R Truth , ect who are there with mild success ? Believe me if you knew what they (really) did for a living you would never let your kids watch WWE again ( gross gay sex acts ) !

  • Exposer X

    I’m sure NONE of you know that WWE collects $1,000,000,000 whenever someone who EVER worked for the company dies ?!?
    Why would they ever stop those millions coming in from wrestler deaths??
    And interestingly enough , they don’t give a dime of that life insurance money to the families!
    Oh yeah they did pay for Eddie “Umaga” Fatu’s funeral AND cremation however when the family recieved his next royalty check $40,000 was deducted ( way more than the services actually costed) !

  • ADementedJim

    I am guessing that his Mission is just about over.

  • Sir Mo(The Real One)

    I had every intention of addressing all the negative comments posted here, but from someone who has given his whole life and career to helping bring happiness to others, I`m not gonna disrespect the one`s who are true fans of Men on a Mission. SO I say this for those of you who have negative thoughts on the issues, God Bless you!!!!

  • Dr. Jerry Wiseman

    This was not a “statement” nor a “press release” it was an article I wrote on Sir Mo who needs help, much like Scott Hall did. This was originally published on Examiner.com and was meant to bring attention to a brother who has given a great portion of his life to the business and he expressed frustration with the WWE for good reason…if they can spend $150,000 or more trying to get Scott Hall clean and donate millions to charity, why can they not established a fund to help the boys who need major medical care but cannot afford to have the work done?

  • wpm131

    Hey mo, if you do decide to get a DUI and happen to kill someone that would be a murder charge, then when you go to prison they will get you the treatment you need. Can’t let a criminal suffer or anything that would be inhumane.

  • http://www.facebook.com/treyomni Trey Vandygriff

    am i the only one who read ths in cleveland juniors voice?