At its very core, wrestling is an entertainment business. It creates stars and it changes lives but just as fast as these stars can be made, they can also be replaced.
Wrestling is an industry that will never be controlled by one person, many people have walked into WWE thinking they are irreplaceable but the company has still managed to continue without them because honestly, no one is bigger than the company itself and everyone is replaceable.
Many stars enjoy the spotlight a little bit too much and they become addicted to it, while others find it hard to understand why other people are so interested in them and their personal life now that they are living their dream.
This leads to a lot of problems for some stars as drug addictions and dependency are the only way they can get themselves through the day and to the arena that night, but drugs rarely solve anything and with WWE’s random drug testing, it seems they will create more problems than they will solve.
Stars can go from hero to zero in a matter of days and sometimes it is hard for them to find their way back to their feet. Some stars career is a whirlwind romance that ends before they realize and then they are forced to pick up the pieces and carry on with a normal life.
This list consists of the people who managed to lose everything and how they found their way back from this.
13 13. Shawn Michaels
Shawn Michaels is widely considered to be one of WWE’s best wrestlers of all time, but it wasn’t always like that. Back in 1998, Michaels suffered a terrible back injury and was forced out of action for almost four years when he became addicted to drugs.
He documents the severity of this drug problem and the fact that it nearly cost him his life and his family in his book “Wrestling For My Life.” He also talks about how he managed to overcome the addiction and go on to have successful second stint with the company from which he is now enjoying retirement.
12 12. Jake Roberts
Jake “The Snake” Roberts had one of the more interesting careers in WWE history, as he had one of the most memorable WWE careers despite never winning a championship and will always be remembered for his pet snake, Damien.
11 11. Scott Hall
Scott Hall found fame during WWE’s Monday Night Wars and was one of the founding members of the nWo. He captivated fans and would have rose through the company if it wasn’t for his one weakness.
10 10. Perry Saturn
Perry Saturn’s story is one of the more interesting ones you'll ever hear, Saturn had a successful two year stint with WWE following his jump from WCW in 2000 and played a key role in WWE during that time.
9 9. Joey Mercury
Joey Mercury is currently a producer behind the scenes with WWE, but Joey’s story could have ended differently if CM Punk didn’t step in.
Mercury suffered an injury at the hands of The Hardy’s and became addicted to pain killers, though he claims to have be using other drugs since he was 15. Sadly, this addiction cost him his job and almost his house until CM Punk stepped in and bought his house before helping him overcome his drug problem and land further employment with WWE.
8 8. Lex Luger
Lex Luger had a whirlwind WWE career and his popularity with fans took a nosedive during his public relationship with Miss Elizabeth. Their many altercations and her untimely death are a sad tale, but they aren't the only hardships Luger has faced. He's had substance abuse issues, along with a spinal issue that confined him to a wheelchair for a time.
Luckily, Luger has turned his life around and he has since written a book about his career, including all of the worst points. Luger credits his switch to Christianity as one of the main things that managed to save him.
7 7. Jeff Hardy
Jeff Hardy is considered to have been one of the most exciting and unpredictable superstars of the last generation. Hardy rose to fame with his daredevil style and innovative offense before he was released by WWE in 2003 when it became clear that he had a drug problem.
6 6. X-Pac
Sean Waltman found fame as a member of controversial group D-Generation X, but when the group began to wind down, X-Pac found himself living a life on the Independent Circuit and following a serious altercation with his girlfriend at the time, Waltman became suicidal.
5 5. Virgil
The Million Dollar Man’s personal assistant finally broke free from Ted DiBiase and managed to go on a small face run when he began feuding with his boss, before his career reached a complete standstill.
4 4. Marty Jannetty
Marty Jennetty found fame as part of The Rockers with Shawn Michaels, until he failed to control his drug addictions which harmed his career.
Following Michaels turn on him, he was released and resigned from the company countless times over the next few years while he battled personal problems that left him depressed and suicidal.
3 3. Sunny
Sunny was considered to have been one of the most attractive women in wrestling in the 1990s and one of the first ever WWE Divas. After a short run in the company, she was released by WWE because of real life problems with Sable, along with substance abuse issues, and it seems Sunny’s life went on a downward spiral.
2 2. Ric Flair
The dirtiest player in the game has had his fair share of being played and has become notorious for his playboy lifestyle. He has also managed to lose a lot of his fortune to various divorce proceedings after being married and divorced a shocking four times.
1 1. Chyna
Chyna was once one of the best female performers in WWE, she was dating Triple H and seemed to have a lengthy career ahead of her, until Triple H turned to Stephanie McMahon. Chyna was then released from or left the company, depending on the side of the story you're hearing, which sent her on a downward spiral.
She was reported to have suffered with addictions and depression before turning to different medias for work, like adult entertainment. Luckily, Chyna seems to be doing a lot better these days and is teaching English as a second language in Japan while continuing to petition for a return to WWE.
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