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15 Wrestlers Who Crashed and Burned After Leaving WWE

The WWE that we all know through live performances and televised programming is only a tiny portion of what the company actually is. The WWE is a full throttle, 24/7 entertainment juggernaut that reaches 650 million homes worldwide and is broadcast in 25 languages. WWE partners with companies all over the world to sell products, such as clothing, toys, books, and more. WWE Studios not only produces what we see on television, but also develops content for the WWE Network and makes major motion pictures starring some of Hollywood’s biggest celebrities and some of the WWE’s own talent.

Needless to say, the WWE is the giant of the professional wrestling business. None of this would be possible, however, if it were not for the incredibly hard working in-ring talent that the company employees. While professional wrestling has at times been referred to as “fake,” there is nothing fake about the stress related to being a sports entertainment performer. These individuals are known for taking hard bumps on unforgiving surfaces and putting their bodies on the line every night when they step into the ring. Injuries are so common that the WWE employees their own staff of doctors and enforces a strict Wellness Policy.

The WWE produces over 350 live events each year, which makes for a grueling traveling schedule for its performers. This takes a toll on every wrestler physically and psychologically, and while there are those who seem to thrive despite theses challenges, there are others who haven’t been so lucky. Some wrestlers have been consumed by the system and when they were unable to contend with the constant pressure, they watched their lives fall apart around them. Some wrestlers couldn't succeed in other promotions, some succumbed to drug and alcohol abuse, some are facing poverty, and others suffered tragic deaths. These are 15 pro wrestlers who crashed and burned after leaving the WWE.

15 Curt Hennig   

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14 Marty Jannetty 

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13 Bret Hart 

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12 Chyna 

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11 Jake “The Snake” Roberts 

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10 Perry Saturn 

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9 Test 

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8 Jeff Hardy 

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7 Matt Hardy 

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6 Matt Morgan 

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5 Orlando Jordan 

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4 Virgil 

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3 Scott Hall 

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2 Lex Luger 

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1 Hulk Hogan 

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Hulk Hogan has the distinction of being the world’s most recognizable pro wrestler. He has achieved success in WWE, WCW, and TNA, and has had Hulkamaniacs running wild for him for years. He is a 12-time world champion and was billed as an American hero for decades. This is the reason it was astonishing to fans when a video was released in July 2015 where Hogan is blatantly making racist remarks. He was fired from the WWE immediately and subsequently blacklisted from all WWE programming for making the scandalous comments.

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