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15 Wrestlers Who Went Broke After Leaving The WWE

WWE has proved to be a lucrative company to work for as a wrestler, as they can not only perform their beloved sport but also can achieve unprecedented fame and fortune if they manage to impress management in the long run. Vince McMahon has slowly built a billion-dollar empire which offers services and payments which no other promotion can match, and because of the brand value of the company, many cannot resist when an offer from the WWE comes along their path. WWE not only provides world recognition, but also tests one’s skills against the world’s best and no wrestler can deny the spectacle which WWE offers with its incredible popularity.

WWE offers bumper contracts to their wrestlers and also covers their daily expenses, and growing popularity in the company can lead one into getting sponsorships and merchandise sales which can make for more money. Most of these wrestlers come from ordinary backgrounds and are often overwhelmed at the prospect of all the fame and fortune they attain, and often get lost in it. They try to live lavish lifestyles which they dreamt off since their childhood and often spend all the money they make off their work, which makes for trouble in their future.

We’ve seen some WWE superstars keep rising in the entertainment business like The Rock and Batista making it big in Hollywood, while some others tend to go on a downward spiral after leaving the WWE and cannot seem to cope without the lavishness they attained in the company. Most of them tend to fall to some sort of addiction, wrecking their personal lives and there are cases of many legendary wrestlers even becoming bankrupt after leaving the WWE, as they can’t help but continue with their destructive lifestyle in spite of not having the same income they did back in the WWE.

15 Perry Saturn

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14 Nicole Bass

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13 Dynamite Kid

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12 Matt Osborne

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11 Scott Hall

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10 Joey Mercury

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9 Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka

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8 Lex Luger

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7 Sean O’Haire

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6 Ric Flair

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5 X-Pac

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4 Chris Kanyon

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Chris Kanyon was hot stuff during the latter part of the 90’s in WCW, as he was a valuable part of “Raven’s Flock” while also having a compelling singles feud with Diamond Dallas Paige(DDP) which helped him gain popularity in the company. After WCW was bought by the WWE, Kanyon was brought in to be a member of The Alliance and went onto win the US Title and also went onto win the WWE Tag Titles with DDP. But then tragedy struck as he was gaining relevance, as he got injured in a dark match and got injured again after recovering from the previous injury. When he returned, he was demoted to the B-shows and rarely appeared in WWE TV as his life started to derail after his previous injuries. He retired shortly after being released from the WWE, but came out of retirement soon to appear in a few events, like TNA’s Turning Point PPV in 2005. He retired for good in 2007, but couldn’t find any prominent work afterwards. In a program in 2007, Kanyon stated that he took 50 sleeping pills in 2003 in a failed suicide attempt and was also arrested in 2004 where fellow wrestler Altar Boy Luke had to pay the bond to get him out of jail. Kanyon, along with Raven and Mike Sanders tried to sue WWE for “cheating them out of health care and benefits” but the case was soon dismissed. Things got so dire for him that he began a gimmick of an openly gay wrestler after his release from the WWE, and barely got any work. Kanyon was suffering from bipolar disorder, and took his own life in 2010 as his depression and lack of work got him to the boiling point.

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2 Virgil

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1 Jake “The Snake” Roberts

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Jake Roberts’ downfall is probably one of the most depressing tales in wrestling history, as the once frightening figure in the WWE has over the years being reduced to an absolute mess of a man who’s more interested into doing drugs than looking into his personal life. Roberts is infamous for his time at the WWE, where he was the prime heel who carried his own snake and terrorized many with his intense promos and moveset. His classic feuds with the likes of The Ultimate Warrior, Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat and Randy “Macho Man” Savage made him a force to be reckoned with, but personally he was degrading each day. His in-ring personality kept him in the business for a long time, before the major promotions just gave up on him and Roberts fell into a deep, dark hole in his life. The wrestling documentary “Beyond the Mat” covered Jake’s life after WWE where he had a strained relationship with his daughter and always hid behind his drugs whenever he needed to man up. Things fell off with the turn of the century, as the aging Roberts couldn’t wrestle as much because of weight problems and in 2004 let his pet snake “Damian” starve to death. He barely survived off the money he got off indy appearances, and was set to a WWE sponsored rehab in 2007. This did him no good as he again crawled back to his drug roots, before he got help from DDP who helped him overcome his problems and shed weight, as the overweight Roberts could barely walk before becoming short of breath. The improvement led to a return to WWE in 2013, and a Hall of Fame nomination in 2014. Roberts is now doing better, being part of some documentaries and films which will help him get back on his feet as “The Snake” needs to thank his friends on resurrecting him from the dark place where he was crawled into.

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