Wrestlers are thrust into the spotlight when they're signed to WWE and sometimes it's done way too young, or way too fast.
The pressure of the WWE Universe both online and at live events is sometimes too much for many stars. Teenage celebrities often have meltdowns because of the amount of attention they receive from the public and this leads to many problems in their personal lives.
The same can be said for wrestlers. They spend years trying to make it to the big time and then much of the time it isn't as they dreamed. WWE have control over all images and copyright over names, so when a superstar is released from the company, they are literally left with nothing.
This can hit a lot of stars quite hard and it can lead to them making some life changing decisions. Sometimes, they are decisions that they can come back from, but sometimes they're not.
The following is a list of the 10 times that wrestlers attempted to end it all, but are still here, and the five times they accidentally overdosed.
15 Attempted: Tadao Yasuda
Tadao Yasuda is a former Sumo and professional wrestler from Japan. He made his debut back in 1994 after a lengthy career as a sumo wrestler. Yasuda had a successful career as a wrestler, but it was reported that he became known as the 'Borrowing Money King' after he was known to have borrowed money from various sources to cover his gambling debts.
At one point this became too much for the Japanese star and back in October 2007 it was reported that he tried to commit suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning. Luckily his friend found him in time and he was taken to the hospital. There were fears that there could be potential brain damage but Yasuda managed to recover and return to wrestling not long afterwards. He announced his retirement from Professional Wrestling at the beginning of 2011.
14 Attempted: Matt Sinister
Matt Sinister was a commentator for Empire Wrestling Federation and a longtime wrestler who was known to many fans in the Southern California area. Matt made his wrestling debut back in 1994 and went on to wrestle for many promotions including EWF and Revolution Pro.
He began having problems a few years prior to his suicide attempt when he was diagnosed with depression, bipolar disorder, and testicular cancer. Back in June 2016, his wife found him unconscious on the living room floor after he had attempted to commit suicide by taking a large amount of pills. His wife called an ambulance and luckily the paramedics managed to save him. Even though he was in a coma for a while, he seems to have recovered and moved on with his life.
13 Accidental: Test
Test was a well-known WWE Superstar for many years and at one point he was even romantically linked to Stacy Keibler. Test was released from WWE back in 2007 after he was suspended for 30 days for violating WWE's Wellness Policy and moved on to work for TNA.
Just two years later in March 2009, merely four days before his 34th birthday, police were called to his house by a concerned neighbour after it had seemed that Test had appeared motionless on the floor for some time. It was reported that he had been dead since the day before and it was ruled that he had died from an accidental overdose of Oxycodone. It was later revealed that Test was suffering from the same kind of brain injuries that Chris Benoit was revealed to have suffered before his suicide in 2007.
12 Attempted: Chris Hamrick
Former ECW Original Chris Hamrick was an ever present person on Social Media. So when he updated that he had an announcement that was 'to die for' back in the summer of 2010 and that he had taken '25 sleeping pills' many concerned friends sent an ambulance to his address to check on him.
It seems that Hamrick had been going through some hard times and that his attempted suicide was a cry for help. He spent a few days in the hospital and the authorities then gave him the appropriate help with the support of his family. It's hard for some stars to come down from their career after it's ended and it seems that Chris was having a problem adjusting. Hamrick seems to have found his feet outside of wrestling ever since.
11 Attempted: Sam Houston
Sam Houston came from one of the most famous families in professional wrestling. The half-brother of Jake 'The Snake' Roberts, the son of Grizzly Smith, and the husband of Baby Doll, Sam had a great climb in wrestling and fought some of the biggest stars of the last generation including Ric Flair, Curt Hennig, and Bam Bam Bigelow.
Inside the ring, Sam had it all but outside of the squared circle, he struggled with alcohol and drug addictions which made his life challenging. Houston spent time in prison from 2009-13 and stated that he tried and failed to take his life while behind bars. Houston has since cleaned himself up and returned to wrestling, but recently was a victim of the floods in Louisiana where he managed to lose a lot of his possessions.
10 Accidental: Luna Vachon
Luna Vachon was adopted into the famous Vachon wrestling family and worked for WWE in the 1990s. She was one of the very few women who worked for the company who had the ability to actually wrestle during that time.
Vachon was diagnosed with bipolar disorder when she was younger and was released from WWE back in 2000 before it was reported she was working for a tow truck company in Florida in 2007. Luna's house was destroyed by a fire back in 2009. This meant that she lost a lot of her wrestling-related merchandise. She then moved back in with her mother. And unfortunately, it was her mother who found her dead back in August 2010 after it was determined that she had overdosed on Oxycodone and Benzodiazepine. She was 48-years-old.
9 Atempted: Sabu
Sabu is one of the craziest and out of control wrestlers that the circuit has ever seen. There is a reason he is known as the Homicidal, Suicidal, Genocidal, Death-Defying Superstar, and it seems that he really is death defying after a near-death experience back in 2012.
Sabu was found unresponsive in his hotel room by the Extreme Reunion staff back in April 2012 and was rushed to a nearby hospital after it was deemed that he had taken a mixture of alcohol and drugs which had caused the overdose. It was later covered up by the wrestling promotion when they reported that Sabu had an allergic reaction to medication. Sabu later checked himself out of the hospital and continued to appear at his scheduled wrestling events in the days that followed.
8 Attempted: Marc Mero
Marc Mero is a former WWE Superstar and the former husband of Sable. He currently works as a motivational speaker after going through some of the toughest times of his life thanks to addictions that he had to drugs and alcohol.
Marc has admitted that after he lost many family members a few years ago. He sunk into depression and he has overdosed more than once. He said he was fully ready to commit suicide until he had a personal revelation that changed his entire life. He said that he realized that happiness was a choice and since then he has preached this message to others and speaks at more than 200 events every year. Mero found his own way out of his problems and now tries to help others see things the same way that he did.
7 Accidental: Mr. Perfect
Mr. Perfect was one of the standout wrestlers of his day. The father of current WWE Superstar Curtis Axel, Mr. Perfect sadly passed away back in 2003. Curt Hennig had a 20 plus year career in professional wrestling. He was signed to TNA at the time of his death and was scheduled to face Iron Brit Ian Harrison later that day.
Hennig was found in his hotel room by a hotel housekeeper around 1:00pm, and the announcement was made that shocked the world. Hennig was just 44-years-old and it was revealed that leading up to his death he had been abusing painkillers. The autopsy later determined that Mr Perfect had died as a result of an accidental cocaine overdose. WWE inducted Hennig into their Hall of Fame a few years later in 2007.
6 Attempted: Randy Orton
Randy Orton is currently one of the WWE's biggest stars and as a former World Champion and a third generation wrestler. Orton seemingly has it all. That being said, it hasn't always been plain sailing for The Viper.
Orton struggled with drug addictions a few years ago was suspended twice by WWE after violating the Wellness Policy. It was thought that Orton became somewhat depressed after he was suspended by the company and overdosed. The reports were later covered up as WWE attempted to contain the problem and Orton's own father even stated that it hadn't happened despite many different news outlets being given different information. Orton thankfully received the help he needed and has recovered enough to continue his wrestling career and now main event's WrestleMania.
5 Attempted: Lex Luger
Lex Luger was once a huge star in both WWE and WCW, but after his career was over and following the death of Miss Elizabeth it seems that Luger reached the point of no return in his life. Luger was blamed for Elizabeth's death by many of the WWE Universe and ultimately became depressed following the entire affair.
Luger later admitted that this was a dark time for him and that there were many times when he nearly died from drug overdoses. It was only in 2006 when he was sent to prison for a parole violation that he met a prison chaplain that changed his life around. He became a born again Christian and has now dedicated his life to helping others overcome the same problems that he had.
4 Accidental: Chyna
Chyna became one of the best female wrestlers of her generation when she went on to win the Intercontinental Championship and enter the Royal Rumble match twice. Chyna was one of the only women in the companies history to be able to fight at a male level as well as a female one.
When Chyna was released from the company, the decision came as a shock and she didn't have any money saved up. Chyna then struggled for many years and did many things that she wasn't proud of. Chyna held a lot of hatred for the people who cost her the job with WWE and attempted suicide many times over the next few years. Sadly in April 2016, Chyna was found dead in her apartment by her manager and an autopsy determined that she died from an accidental overdose of alcohol combined with anxiety drugs.
3 Attempted:Hulk Hogan
Hulk Hogan was once the best-known wrestler in the world. He has wrestled all over the world, but the last few years have not been kind to The Immortal Hulk Hogan. Hogan was removed from all things WWE based a few years ago when historic racist remarks were leaked and the company decided to distance themselves from Hogan before his personal life also fell apart.
Hogan stated that he was at the point where he wanted to kill himself and actually attempted suicide when his life began to unravel. Luckily Hogan was successful in suing Gawker for $100 million and this has since helped him to get his life back on track and allowed him to remarry. Hogan has also been rumoured to be returning to WWE in the near future
2 Attempted: X-Pac
X-Pac has had a tough life. From being abused by his stepmother growing up, to finding wrestling as his only outlet. X-Pac went on to become a popular member D-Generation X before he was tangled up in the whole affair with Chyna after their sex tape was leaked.
X-Pac went through many personal problems at that time and has battled drug and alcohol addictions for many years. It all came to a head back in 2008 when X-Pac was in Mexico and he had an argument with his girlfriend at the time Alicia Webb. She later found that X-Pac had attempted to hang himself and so called an ambulance and got him the appropriate help. X-Pac is currently employed by WWE again and has since been able to turn his life around.
1 Accidental: Reid Flair
Reid Flair was the son of 16-time World Champion Ric Flair and the younger brother of current WWE star Charlotte. Reid was an aspiring professional wrestler himself and merely days before his death, he was wrestling in Japan.
In March 2013 Reid was found dead at his home in North Carolina. His autopsy later revealed that he had died from an accidental overdose of heroin while traces of the prescription drugs Clonazepam and Alprazolam were also found in his system. Reid was the person who inspired Charlotte to become a professional wrestler as she admitted that she only started training following his death as her way of honouring him. Reid was also used for storyline purposes in a feud between Paige and Charlotte, in what many of the WWE Universe thought was a cheap attempt to gain heat ahead of their match.
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