It would be great if WWE stars never got in trouble with the law. But, we all know that's not a realistic assumption. Over the course of many years, traveling, drinking, partying and a bunch of competitors with extremely high levels of testosterone are going to wind up on the wrong side of handcuffs.
Some of your favorite WWE stars have been arrested for the strangest things too. It's not always fighting or drinking (although in a number of cases it is). We've put together a list of five current WWE stars who goofed up and paid for it. Some paid more than others, but you might be surprised to see who made the list, and the reason they're there.
In almost all cases, the WWE overlooked these transgressions and it was a mere dent in the careers of these veteran wrestlers and personalities. We guess it pays to be at the top of your game when you get in trouble. In only one case, did it almost cost a wrestler his future.
5. Big Show
He calls himself the Big Show, but apparently, being called that wasn't quite enough; he wanted to prove it. Paul Wight (The Big Show) was arrested, detained and accused of exposing himself to a hotel clerk in Memphis, Tennesse in December of 1998. He was charged with indecent exposure but was later released due to a lack of evidence.
We guess it's fair to assume, if the "Big Show" had exposed himself, you'd know about it. It's probably wise that after being detained Big Show decided not to run with the timeless joke, "that's what she said."
4. Jeff Hardy
The multi-time WWE tag team champion and recently returned but injured WWE Superstar Jeff Hardy was arrested for trafficking controls prescription pills and possession of anabolic steroids. This was not a high point in his life.
His punishment was 10 days in jail, 30 months probation and a fine of $100,000. All this happened in September 2011 when Hardy was at his lowest point health wise and was on the verge of losing his wrestling career forever. He's back sober and has not had trouble since his return.
3. Jerry Lawler
No longer a full-time WWE Superstar and rarely seen on WWE programming these days, Jerry Lawler has sort of fizzled out of the WWE picture. But, we don't believe it has anything to do with the multiple arrests on his record.
When Lawler was much more popular, he'd been arrested for domestic assault, throwing a ticket at a police officer after disputing a ticket, and assault after he ran over a police officers foot. Not exactly the behavior of a King, and if he had this kind of history now, he'd certainly be released by the WWE.
2. Chris Jericho
In January of 2010, Chris Jericho gave new meaning to the word "Jerichoholic". One night, Jericho and Shane "Hurricane" Helms went to a bar and had a few too many drinks. They got into a cab and started to fight with each other and other passengers while inside the taxi. The police arrived and arrested both men, but later released them on a $120 bail bond.
It was a hiccup in the career of Jericho, but Helms wasn't around much longer after that. Needless to say, Helms probably made Jericho's list for being a stupid idiot.
1. Roman Reigns
In 2010, just before signing with FCW (the WWE's then development program which later became NXT) Roman Reigns was arrested for disorderly conduct, unlawful assembly, riot, affray, and intoxication. The short version of this is that he got drunk and was arrested for fighting in public.
This is probably the kind of thing that used to happen to WWE Superstars on the road all the time. He just so happened to get caught, and he was later released on a $1000 bond and required to pay $500 for each offense. WWE may not have even known about his arrest and it surely hasn't slowed down his push.