It’s hard to think the wrestlers put themselves through hardships that help them eke out a living only to be ridiculed.
With TNA wrestler Jade, a Korean-American female talent, making her past of being a domestic abuse victim public, the movement against domestic abuse has gained unreal traction in the world of professional wrestling lately.
One prominent yet swiftly disappearing aspect of professional wrestling that torments the wrestler and his kith and kin is a repercussion of abusing anabolic steroids — roid rage. Thanks to it, many wrestlers have proceeded to batter their loved ones. However, it is only one of the many reasons wrestlers, much like domestic abusers from other professions, have assaulted their kith for a multitude of other reasons.
The following article will discuss the 15 major cases of domestic battery arrests involving professional wrestlers, defining the crime and the effect the arrest had on the abusers’ wrestling career.
The writer observed a pattern that saw prominent wrestlers get away with the abuse while those at the bottom of the pyramid have been buried, never to be relevant in the business ever again. However, the industry does not deserve flak as nepotism and a lack of objectivity are cornerstones of every business that humans have ever engineered.
Despite the pattern, WWE deserves plaudits for announcing in October 2014 that a talent would immediately be handed his or her pink slip in the event of being convicted for domestic violence, sexual abuse or child abuse.
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15. Jerry Lawler
Having worked as an in-ring talent, color commentator and pre-show analyst, Jerry Lawler has cemented himself as a WWE legend. However, despite his Hall of Fame career, he found himself in hot water in June 2016 when he was arrested on domestic assault charges.
His 27-year-old girlfriend, Lauryn McBride, was also arrested, with the couple accusing each other of battery. She alleged that he had struck her head and pushed her against a kitchen stove while he stated that she had kicked him in the groin besides bringing a knife into the equation.
WWE suspended the King of Memphis indefinitely immediately after the arrest; however, he returned to the pre-show panel, where he still spews out obscure statements alongside Booker T and Renee Young, among other people.
14. Jackson Andrews
Wrestling as Curt Hawkins’ tag-team partner and later as Cody Rhodes’ unidentified bodyguard, Jackson Andrews had a wrestling career as forgettable as his in-ring moniker. However, his limited skill set and charisma have not stopped him from making a list that features seven Hall of Famers and multiple-time world champions and dating a beautiful recently-retired Diva in Rosa Mendes.
Allegedly, he constantly beat her throughout their courtship, leaving numerous bodily injuries — including scratches and bruises. She was found sobbing under the influence of alcohol at San Antonio International Airport before she told the police about his misdemeanor. She even pleaded for help, stating he would eventually try to kill her for exposing him. Apparently, he was engaged to another woman Amber Stoval, his girlfriend of four years, at the time of his arrest.
Following in the footsteps of legendary Dusty Rhodes, his first wrestling heir, Dustin Rhodes — popularly known as Goldust — has enjoyed a lengthy career, spanning 29 years. However, unlike his father, he has struggled to remain a happily married man as his three marriages have lasted only a combined 12 years as opposed to his father’s 47.
In 2005, fittingly during his Total Nonstop Action Wrestling stint, his romantic life reached its nadir when he was taken into custody on one count of battery; he apparently hit his then-unnamed girlfriend. He was later released after posting his $1,000 bond and was asked to maintain a separate residence and shun alcohol and narcotics.
Goldust has seemingly turned his life around, marrying Tarel Roche in 2012, sharing cute pictures with his daughter Dakota Runnels on Instagram and forming a memorable tag team with fellow veteran R-Truth.
12. Taryn Terrell
Thanks to a somewhat illustrious spell with TNA, Taryn Terrell, who was known as Tiffany in WWE, remains a household name in woman’s wrestling. However, not so long ago, she garnered notorious fame for being arrested for domestic violence as she hit Drew Galloway after a heated argument at the Playboy Mansion, which was then hosting a non-PG party. On the back of posting $20,000 in bail money, she was released, though.
WWE swiftly responded, releasing her although her then-husband remained with the company. However, as she proceeded to lambast the company, stating she was asked to sleep her way into keeping her job, he faced the wrath of the McMahons; he was made a jobber after being labeled the Chosen One by Vince McMahon himself. However, his reputation has only skyrocketed after his divorce and since his release, as he has remained a main-event attraction in numerous promotions, including TNA, Insane Championship Wrestling, EVOLVE and WCPW.
Aged just 31, he will soon earn a WWE contract, especially given his Roman Reigns-esque physique. However, whether he emulates The Guy depends on whether his current wife, Kaitlyn Frohnapfel, accuses WWE of abuse on Twitter in the future.
11. Jimmy Snuka
A lot has been said about Jimmy Snuka’s involvement in his girlfriend Nancy Argentino’s controversial death, but he was never convicted despite numerous signs pointing to a homicide. However, what many casual observers of the trail may be oblivious of is the now deceased wrestler being arrested for assaulting her just four months prior to her death.
The WWE Hall of Famer even yanked her hair and dragged her face against a drywall in front of an officer before requiring six officers and two police dogs to handcuff him. Surprisingly, she swore in a deposition later that he had never hurt her intentionally.
He pleaded guilty to harassment in April 1983 as the judge accepted to drop numerous other charges against him. A month later, she had called her family, promising a visit only to pass away three days later.