Long time pro wrestling veteran “Rock ‘n’ Roll” Buck Zumhoff was arrested in Kandiyohi County, Minnesota, on Monday, May 27 on twelve charges of sexual misconduct.
Zumhoff, born Eugene Otto Zumhofe, is charged with molesting his daughter when she was a minor. Zumhoff’s daughter is now 29 and has just recently come forth with the accusations.
Zumhoff appeared before Kandiyoshi County Circuit Court on Tuesday morning before Judge Kathryn Smith. Zumhoff faces six felony counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and six felony counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct. His bail is set at $500,000 cash or bond for unconditional release and $100,000 cash or bond for conditional release. He is currently being held at the Kandiyohi County Jail, and his next court date is June 10.
According to the criminal complaint filed by the victim and her legal team, the abuse started in June 1999 when the victim was 15 years old and continued until 2011.
This is not Zumhoff’s first accusation such as this. He was convicted of criminal sexual conduct in 1989 in Carver County, Minnesota and served a 36-month prison sentence at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Stillwater, Minnesota. He was also convicted of violating a domestic abuse order for protection in 1999 in Kandiyohi County.
In his wrestling heyday, Zumhoff was a fairly big star in the American Wrestling Association throughout the 1980s. He was known as “Rock ‘n’ Roll” Buck Zumhoff and would come to the ring complete with a full rock jumpsuit and boom box on his shoulder. He would capture the AWA World Light Heavyweight Championship three times. He was also quite successful in World Class Championship Wrestling in the mid ‘80s, capturing the WCCW American Tag Team Championships twice with “The Iceman” King Parsons.
He ended his major league career in the mid ‘90s by serving as an enhancement talent in the WWF, losing to major stars such as The Undertaker, Ted DiBiase and a young Hunter Hearst-Helmsley (Triple H).
In 2000 he opened his own Midwestern touring company aptly called “Rock ‘n’ Roll Wrestling.” They run small shows comprised mostly of little people, female wrestlers and Zumhoff’s own trainees throughout Minnesota, Iowa, North and South Dakota, Iowa, Wisconsin and Illinois. The shows usually happen at bars, legion halls, fairs and other smaller gatherings.
For more on Zumhoff and this story, please read SLAM Wrestling’ report and an interview with the man from 2010. His mugshot and criminal report can be found here.