Following the destruction experienced by his father following the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, matters worsened when it was revealed that Houston was a multiple DUI offender and because of his father’s notoriety had avoided stiff penalties.
At the same time Baby Doll was attempting to reenter the NWA/WCW and following a brief stint was terminated.
It was widely believed that the NWA brass saw Houston working for a rival promotion as a conflict of interest.
Also this was around the time he began a brief run in the Von Erich’s World Class Championship Wrestling.
Before his departure from the NWA Houston had began dating Tully Blanchard’s valet Baby Doll.
The two married in 1987 and she too would leave with him.
After 1988, Houston and Baby Doll toured the independent route before he showed up in the now defunct Global Wrestling Federation in 1992 wearing a masked and calling himself The Midnight Rider.
In 1994 Baby Doll would divorce Houston, describing her reasons, she said “Sam wanted to be the life of the party”.
By the end of 1985 Houston began a feud with Krusher Krushchev for the Mid Atlantic belt.In January 1986 Houston won the belt defeating Krushchev but subsequently lost it to Black Bart.