The lives of the wrestlers outside of the ring have witnessed some of the biggest train wrecks in the sports world. Every wrestler has a different story ranging from some performers that have normal lives outside of the spotlight to those that turn into hot messes. Prior eras of wrestling featured way more train wrecks than the current crop of stars. Performers like John Cena, Daniel Bryan and Roman Reigns have very little negative stories attached to their lives. This is a huge change from the 80s, 90s and even part of the early 2000s.
WWE and the entire business did a great job in creating positive change. However, the memorable train wrecks still exist thanks to all the stories associated to their names. All of the names on this list had long histories of drama outside of the ring. This comes from failing to get along with others to having addiction issues to just causing trouble for themselves. Some of the names on this list have actually made complete changes to turn their lives around. Others are still stuck in their ways. We'll take a look at what everyone is up to as we look at fifteen of the biggest train wrecks in wrestling history and where they are today.
15 Scott Hall
The legendary career of Scott Hall saw a downfall when his personal demons got the better of him. Hall has been addicted to both drugs and alcohol for decades spanning from the peak of his career until recent years. It seemed like all hope was lost as Hall continuously relapsed despite attending rehab on WWE’s request countless times.
The success of Melina saw her became a fixture in the Women’s Division during her early years on the WWE main roster. Melina did a great job as both a wrestler and a manager for MNM. However, the success clearly got to her head. Melina became a consistent story in online reports due to being involved in drama with other wrestlers backstage all the time.
13 New Jack
The antics of New Jack have been well documented both in the wrestling world and in the court room. New Jack earned the reputation for being one of the most unpredictable and dangerous performers in the industry during the ECW years. Fans loved him, because everyone knew he would legitimately do what he wanted. New Jack has been arrested for numerous crimes and that doesn’t even include his actions in the ring.
12 Lex Luger
Lex Luger was one of the top names during the Monday Night Wars yet is not celebrated for his career. WWE loves to release DVDs or make documentaries on the WWE Network about all the major players from the era. Luger however is set to the side due to his troubles outside of the ring. WCW made him a major player but it was always obvious he was among the major steroid users.
11 Teddy Hart
The potential of Teddy Hart landed him a WWE contract at the record breaking age of 18. WWE wanted Teddy on the roster due to his natural athleticism and his pedigree of being a member of the Hart family. Unfortunately, the discipline and respect instilled into the legendary Harts such as Bret and Owen didn’t follow suit. Teddy found his way into trouble from his WWE days and never got out of it.
10 Perry Saturn
Perry Saturn’s life has seen many dark turns as his time in the spotlight ended. WWE released Saturn in 2002 after losing faith in him. Saturn lost control and brutally beat up a young local performer working against him in a dark match for botching. Following his WWE release, Saturn tried continuing his career for a few years before falling off the radar. The topic of Saturn’s whereabouts became a topic online with no one knowing where he disappeared to.
9 Jim Cornette
The story of Jim Cornette is unlike any other on the list. Most of the wrestlers had addiction issues or made poor decisions they regret. Cornette’s train wreck status is just an extension of his personality. The managing skills and impressive promo work of Cornette landed him jobs with WWE, TNA and ROH over the past fifteen years. All of them ended in drama.
8 Buff Bagwell
The negative stories about Buff Bagwell all showcase the attitude issues bringing him down. Bagwell’s entire career was a consistent headache for those that had to deal with him. 2 Cold Scorpio teamed with Buff in the early 90s during Bagwell’s early WCW career and discussed how much of a prima donna he was to deal with.
7 Jeff Hardy
Jeff Hardy is one of the all-time great WWE stars that struggled to ever get his personal issues in order. The love from fans and his overall talent could have led to so much more as a singles star. Instead, Jeff settled for just being another great wrestler. Multiple instances of drug use hurt Hardy from violating WWE’s Wellness Policy to getting arrested to performing under the influence in a TNA ring, his biggest career low.
Hardy claims the incident of him clearly being under the influence against Sting is what made him realize he needed to change his ways. This coincided with his first child being born as another huge factor. Jeff has been sober for years now and his life is better for it. The past few years of success in TNA, ROH and now back in WWE gave a great comeback story. Hardy hopes to continue by adding memorable moments to his WWE career.
6 Dynamite Kid
Dynamite Kid was viewed as the more talented member of the British Bulldogs tag team with Davey Boy Smith but their careers didn’t follow that belief. The talent and high-risk moves of Dynamite Kid influenced a lot of the future wrestlers like Dean Malenko and Chris Benoit. Bret Hart even goes out of his way to name Dynamite Kid as one of his best opponents whenever asked about his career.
The least memorable member of the Kliq was Sean “X-Pac” Waltman. It wasn’t a knock on him, but the careers of Shawn Michaels, Triple H, Kevin Nash and Scott Hall always overshadowed him. Waltman lived their partying lifestyle harder than the rest despite being the youngest. The use of drugs and alcohol would follow X-Pac from the 90s to recent years.
Virgil is one of the worst wrestlers to develop an ego that got out of control. The push of Virgil in the early 90s by WWE gave him his one chance to break out as a singles star. Virgil failed in the role and is still remembered for being Ted DiBiase’s manservant. It's only fitting that WCW hired him for a similar role. Under the new name of Vincent, he worked alongside DiBiase as a member of the New World Order.
3 Tammy Sytch
The biggest female wrestling personality train wreck of all time would have to be Tammy Sytch. Formerly known as Sunny in the WWE, Sytch had the world in her hands as a huge star. Fans of the era viewed her as a goddess thanks to her superb looks and charismatic personality. A combination of substance abuse issues and a bad attitude led to her demise.
2 The Iron Sheik
The Iron Sheik is one of the most unique personalities. Despite the peak of his career coming in the early 80s as the man to drop the WWE Championship to Hulk Hogan, Iron Sheik has remained somewhat relevant due to his antics. The legend appeared on Howard Stern and other high profile radio shows to trash numerous wrestlers, especially Hogan.
1 Jake Roberts
The biggest train wreck at his absolute lowest point was definitely Jake Roberts. Every 80s wrestling fan has fond memories of Roberts due to his superb work as a character and in-ring performer. Sadly, his drug and alcohol abuse destroyed the latter end of his career and his life for many years. Roberts became known for always being under the influence rather than his wrestling genius.
Beyond the Mat showcased Roberts sabotaging his relationship with family in favor of his addictions. Roberts started showing up to shows under the influence and it hurt his reputation even more. Similar to the Scott Hall story, Diamond Dallas Page brought Roberts into his home and saved his life.
Roberts cut out the substances and started doing the DDP Yoga workouts. Life is better for Roberts these days as he's clean and gets to spend time with his family again. WWE has welcomed him back into the company for appearances and he signs autographs at conventions for diehard fans.
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