It seems that many WWE superstars had run-ins with the law before they were part of the company and even though WWE claims that they won't sign some wrestlers to contracts because of criminal convictions there are many stars that managed to be signed despite this.
While some superstars spent more than one night behind bars before they were recruited by WWE, there are a number of stars who have seemingly hit rock bottom and ended up in prison following their release from the company. It is hard for many stars to figure out what to do with their lives when they realize that the career that they based their lives on is now over.
It must be hard to live a normal life after the feeling of being a WWE star for a number of years and it seems that there are many stars who have struggled over the years, with prison seeming like a tame option compared to the things that many other wrestlers have become tangled up in.
There are many more wrestling stars that have spent time in prison than the WWE Universe might think and the following article looks at just 15 stars that don't look like the sort to have been arrested but now have mugshots online.
15 Ric Flair
It is perhaps slightly unsurprising that "The Dirtiest Player In The Game" has had a number of brushes with the law. Flair's debts have been the biggest problem in his life over the past few years, as well as the fact that he decided to attack a motorist for no apparent reason back in 2005.
In 1996, he was arrested for letting an underage drunk girl drive his car, and in 2011 a warrant was issued for his arrest when Flair was being held in contempt of court for violating the terms of his settlement with Highspots. Flair could have spent up to 90 days in prison for this but instead, someone stepped in and paid Flair's debts. For someone who is one of the most respected stars and legends in the business, it is shocking how much time he has spent in a prison cell over the years.
14 Booker T
Booker T is a WWE Hall of Famer and one of the most respected stars in WWE, but it seems that before he was known as a former WWE World Champion, he had quite the upbringing.
When Booker was just 22 years old he was sentenced to five years in prison after he and three friends committed a number of armed robberies at Wendy's restaurants. Booker dressed in a Wendy's uniform whilst carrying out the heists and also worked for the company at the time, which made it easy for the police to figure out who the guilty parties were. Booker only served 19 months of his sentence and was instead placed on parole until 1992. Getting into wrestling helped "King Booker" to escape the life that had lead him to crime.
13 Scott Hall
Scott Hall managed to play a bad guy both on and off screen. Known as Razor Ramon to the WWE Universe, it seems that Hall drew inspiration for this persona from his real life. Back in 1983, he was arrested for second-degree murder when he shot a man outside a nightclub, but Hall claimed that it was in self-defense and the case was later closed due to lack of evidence.
Hall was arrested again just seven years later when was caught driving under the influence in his limousine before he was then arrested for groping a 56-year-old woman in 1998. He was arrested again a few years later when he managed to get into a bar fight and later for a domestic disturbance. It seems that Scott has a lengthy history with the police, but right now he is working on sorting his life out and hasn't had a real run-in with the law in almost a decade.
Sunny was once one of the most recognizable women on WWE's roster. She was seen as the first ever WWE Diva and it seems that since her release from the company, she has been spiraling out of control.
Sunny is a WWE Hall of Famer and right now many of the executives within WWE don't think that she is setting a very good example given the fact that she has been giving out Skype sessions to fans for money. Sunny's life has taken a crazy swerve in recent years and at one point she was even arrested five times in the same month. Sunny has also spent more than a 100 days in prison over the past few years for things like violating protective orders, disorderly conduct, and even third-degree burglary.
11 Randy Orton
Randy Orton is a 13-time World Champion. He is one of the faces of WWE and a guaranteed future Hall of Famer, but it seems that before Orton decided to follow in his father's and grandfather's footsteps and become a wrestler, he had his heart set on the military.
Orton enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, but it seems that he almost instantly realized he had made a mistake and worked on forcing himself to be discharged. Orton went AWOL a number of times and then disobeyed a direct order from a commanding officer. Orton was tried and convicted of these crimes then sentenced to spent 38 days in military prison before receiving a dishonorable discharge from the Marines. This is something that would later come back to haunt him when he was given the lead role in Marine 3: Homefront and a number of Marines petitioned his involvement in the film.
10 Brian McPhee
Brian McPhee is a former WWE star that many fans will not be very familiar with. He was only part of the company for a short time as part of their FCW brand. It seems that while McPhee showed promise he was never able to gain that main roster call and was instead released from his contract two years later.
In 2013, McPhee made headlines for completely different reasons when he stabbed his girlfriend multiple times before posting pictures of his crime on social media. He attempted to flee but was apprehended after a high-speed car chase and charged with first-degree murder. McPhee was later found guilty and sentenced to life in prison, with the judge stating that in this case, a life term does actually mean life in prison.
Vader is a well-respected superstar when it comes to his relationship with the WWE Universe, but he often finds himself mixed up in controversy and this could very well have been one of his biggest downfalls.
Vader was seen as a super-heavyweight in WWE, but he still had incredible athleticism. For someone with his talent, Vader also has a criminal record. Vader has had a number of brushes with the law, one of which was when WWE was in Kuwait. Vader said he was told to make a scene and it would be a cool skit to advertise the show. Instead, the interviewer got scared and Vader was arrested and sent to jail. Vader was later arrested again when he was on vacation in 2002. It seems that he drank a little too much and crashed his car then tried to flee the scene. It was reported that it took eight police officers, two dogs and three sets of handcuffs to finally arrest him.
8 Jillian Hall
Jillian Hall is best-known in WWE for the shortest reign as Divas Champion. She was never seen as one of the best female wrestlers, but she certainly was one of the most entertaining. Ever since her release from the company, she has also managed to get herself into a few legal problems.
Back in May 2012 Jillian was arrested and charged with battery after an incident with her now ex-husband. She was later arrested in May 2015 when she was caught driving under the influence in Florida. She was kept in a cell for the night but later released from prison on a $500 bond despite the fact that she could have faced up to 12 months in prison because of how high her blood alcohol level was when she was first arrested.
7 Jack Swagger
Jack Swagger is a former WWE Champion and a former amateur wrestler and came to WWE with an incredible background in the sport. Like many other names on this list, it seems that despite his background, Jack has also had a run in with the law.
Swagger was arrested back in 2013 when he was caught speeding and the police realized that he was driving under the influence of marijuana after officers found the substance in his car. Luckily when this went to trial Swagger had already spent some time behind bars for his actions so it was decided that instead he would be given 6 months unsupervised probation as well as having to pay court costs and attend a class on alcohol and substance education, which is much better than spending any more time in prison.
6 William Regal
William Regal is a former WWE superstar and the current General Manager of NXT, but he has perhaps one of the funniest stories when it comes to why he was once arrested.
Regal was on a flight from Tokyo, Japan to Detroit back in the late 1990s and he has stated himself that he was quite inebriated at the time. He remembers heading to the toilet but not fully shutting the door, so when he was tapped on the shoulder, he remembers turning around and then waking up in prison in Anchorage, Alaska handcuffed to another man. It was later revealed that Regal had been charged with urinating on a flight attendant. He was later released from the prison, thankfully, and allowed to make it to Detroit, which is where he was supposed to end up to begin with.
5 Andre Heart
Andre Heart was a well-known and accomplished wrestler on the Independent circuit and one that WWE showed a lot of interest in, but the company decided to retract their offer of a contract to the aspiring star when their medical tests confirmed that he was HIV positive. This would obviously be an issue in WWE if he would ever accidentally get cut open during a match.
Andre then returned to the Independent Circuit and didn't inform anyone of his condition, he also continued to have intimate relations with a number of women, which is thought to be more than a hundred, and didn't inform them of his HIV positive status either. Heart was taken to court for his failure to disclose his condition to his sexual partners and sentenced to 32 years in prison.
4 Jeff Hardy
Jeff Hardy is one of the most recognizable WWE stars of this generation as a former WWE Champion and more recently a former Raw Tag Team Champion. Hardy captured the imagination of the WWE Universe and they backed him for most of his career until his many drug problems were revealed to his adoring fans.
It was his problems with substance abuse that forced his release from WWE back in 2009, but it also forced him to spend 10 days in prison. Hardy was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and conspiracy to traffic in a substance containing opium, which both stemmed from his arrest in September 2009. Hardy was then sentenced to 10 days in jail, 30 months of probation and a $100,000 fine after he managed to reach a plea deal and revealed where the drugs had come from.
R-Truth is another star who has found success in WWE and has seen wrestling help him to get away from a life that could have ended differently for him without it. Truth would help his father with a number of drug deals when he was younger and then dropped out of school when he was just 16 because he had his heart set on a career in music.
In order to fund this career, Truth continued to deal drugs, but he was caught and arrested. Truth later spent 13 months in prison but when he was sent to a halfway house he met Jimmy Crockett who tried to convince him to become a professional wrestler. Truth wanted to focus on his music, but after two years of trying to make it as a rapper Truth gave in and accepted Jimmy's offer and made his PWF debut in 1997 as a manager.
2 Jake Roberts
WWE Hall of Famer Jake Roberts has an incredible life story. He struggled with abuse during childhood and still managed to make it to the top in the wrestling world despite battling with demons throughout his life.
Roberts has been arrested a number of times over the past few decades, the first of which was back in 1988 for battery when he punched a man in the street when he saw that he was arguing with a woman. A few years later he was arrested for missing his child support payments given the fact that he has eight children. The story of Jake doesn't end there, since he was later arrested for not looking after his Pythons properly and one snake was apparently allowed to starve to death while in his care in 2004. He has also had brushes with the law for driving under the influence and possession of cocaine, not a bad list of achievements for a WWE Hall of Famer.
Montel Vontavious Porter is a former United States Champion in WWE, but like many other stars who have made up this list, MVP's brushes with the law all came before he started a career in the wrestling business.
MVP joined a gang when he was just 12-years-old that later turned into a street gang and saw MVP spend six months in a juvenile detention centre when he was 14 years old. The former TNA star later served nine and a half years of and 18 and a half year sentence in prison for armed robbery and kidnapping when he was just 16 years old. This would later hinder MVP when it came to international tours and permits. It was MVP's corrections officer that helped him to get into professional wrestling, which has kept him on the straight and narrow.