Some wrestlers have a notorious track record throughout their career. There are plenty of stories that have been heard over the years that could easily be myths. Some things that are heard are very hard to believe, but at the same there are most likely stories of things that never even got out. Before social media and the PG era, wrestlers got away with a lot of things. Guys would be drunk or inebriated on live television, jokes went bad backstage (X-Pac and the story involving Sable) and overall backstage drama went unnoticed in the public’s eye. However, when these stories would come out and these performers developed a track record, it is only a matter of time before they find themselves in trouble with the law.
There are people that have seen only one arrest that you may be surprised to hear. As much public knowledge as there is on Jeff Hardy’s outside-the-ring issues, he has only been arrested once (was pretty major and drug related). This Top 15 list involves the people who have had multiple arrests. You might see some people on this list and not be surprised, but you may be surprised as to what they actually did. It could possibly change your impression of that person.
A lot of people gripe about the PG era of sports entertainment, but you hear less negative stories and see less arrests. Yes, occasional DUIs pop up (looking at you Jack Swagger), but the newer blood stays out of trouble and the old blood knows if they mess up, they become banished (Hogan). As of late, bad incidences are starting to catch up to these old timers thanks to the goodness of the internet. Vince will not risk any negative publicity, so he does his best to make sure things are on the up-and-up. Here is our Top 15 List of Wrestlers with the Most Arrests.
15 British Bulldog
The British Bulldog had a stellar wrestling career as his peak hit in the mid 1990s in the WWE. Working with the Hart brothers and Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart during different feuds, he sadly never saw a World Title. What he did see, however, are a couple of jail cells. Back in 1993, Davey Boy allegedly assaulted a bar patron in Calbary, Alberta. In the end, he was acquitted of any wrong doing. A couple of years later at the turn of the century, there was no getting out of the next incident. He was arrested for a domestic violence incident with his then estranged wife Diana Hart Smith. He allegedly made threats to his wife’s life and was arrested in Calgary.
14 Big Show
Paul Wight, formerly known as The Giant and now Big Show, was arrested twice with the first happening at a Uniondale, New York Marriot Hotel. He was scooped up for assault on a person at the location, thoguh he was later proven to have not been at fault. While that is not that bad, the next arrest was. No less than six months later, Big Show was arrested for indecent exposure, as he allegedly “sexually” approached a hotel worker in Memphis (he whipped it out). Criminal charges would be dropped, however a civil suit was filed so she likely got paid.
13 Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart
A piece of the Hart Foundation, “The Anvil” might have been the least popular member. Dawning a goatee, he was teamed with Bret Hart early on in WWE and featured a hairy, bulky look to intimidate opponents. It looks like this carried over to an altercation in 1987 that involved “The Anvil” getting arrested. On February 28th of that year, he was charged with assault an interfering with a flight attendant. While his second arrest was not nearly as intense as the first, in 1998, he was arrested for on an old back check warrant in Pensacola, Florida.
Finally, a third arrest happened involving a bad situation. In September 2010, deputies were dispatched for Neidhart being loud and unruly. He was seen ingesting multiple pills after the pills were dropped on the ground. Police racked up the charges as he was charged with two counts of possession of controlled substances with intent to distribute, two counts of trafficking illegal drugs, one count of burglary of an unoccupied dwelling, and one count of third degree grand theft for property stolen between $300-$5000.
12 Doink the Clown
One of the most disturbing characters in the history of wrestling was Doink the Clown. Matt Borne also had a notorious reputation outside of the ring, as well. His two arrests were pretty bad as the first one was for a group of warrants accrued over three years. In 1998, he was arrested on a variety of charges, including harassment and trespassing.. Then, in 1999, a New Jersey judge revoked his parole and imposed a suspended sentence from an old disorderly conduct charge, as he had tested positive for cocaine during his parole. He was placed in jail without bond.
11 Jerry “The King” Lawler
Jerry Lawler has turned into the squeaky clean commentator after years of being the dirty guy. He came up in the wrestling industry from Memphis and one of his arrests took place there. The first one involved the sexual assault of a 15 year old girl, though the alleged victim later recanted her story and these charges ended up being dropped.
After, in 1999, he received a ticket at the Memphis International Airport where Lawler tore up the ticket, threw it down, before running over the officer’s foot. He was taken to jail where he posted bond, but was later indicted for reckless endangerment by a Tennessee Grand Jury.
Vader was (and still is) a very intimidating figure in the ring. His size and voice cause crippling fear in his opponents and little kids watching. While on tour years ago in Kuwait, Leon White (Vader) was arrested twice during his “vacation.” The first involved him having a little too much fun over the pond as he was arrested for public drunkenness. Imagine having to control Vader in a situation like that? The second arrest involved assaulting a television talk show host. However, this was somewhat of a sham according to sources. Vader would be detained for a few days during his stay in Kuwait, thus ruining his “vacation.”
In 2002, Vader had to be subdued by eight officers, two dogs, and three sets of handcuffs as he was arrested at his home for wrecking his vehicle and fleeing the scene. Allegedly intoxicated when answering the door, he explained he was looking for bullfrogs and catfish in a nearby pond and wrecked into a bush on the way home. The problem was he began to insult the officers and even threatened to kill the dogs. It's one thing to talk garbage to police, but dog threats are unwarranted.
Having his hay-day during the nWo era in WCW, Konnan is still prominently involved in the industry. He has a podcast where he talks a lot of junk. Most of his arrests stem from Mexico as he would constantly fight with fans. His real name is Charles Ashenoff and he never served serious time down there for these disturbances. His only real arrest was back in 1999 in San Diego, CA where he issued threats with intent to terrorize along with a charge for injury to a spouse.
Back when the Chargers played the Raiders in San Diego last year, Konnan attended the game with Rey Mysterio and MVP. He described on a podcast that he was arrested for "being rowdy." According to his description, it seemed like a large misunderstanding. Konnan was not drunk, but a police officer came up after Konnan went back to try and get his car keys from Rey. He was brought to jail, but when he proved he wasn't drunk, he was let go.
8 Matt Hardy
While the Hardy brothers were an amazing tag team for the longest time, both have seen their fair share of trouble. One could argue that Jeff Hardy created the major downturn for TNA with his “match” with Sting. He has known problems with drugs, but did not see the amount of arrests that his brother Matt did. Matt was arrested for driving while intoxicated in 2011, along with drug possession. A few days later, his girlfriend blew a whistle as he was arrested in a drug raid. Many thought his life turned around after this, but on New Years 2014, Matt and his girlfriend Sky were arrested for assault and battery. According to TMZ, they got restraining orders against each other. However, social media has shown they seem to be fine now.
7 Ric Flair
In case you never heard, Ric Flair always seems to find himself in some sort of financial trouble. He’s even declared bankruptcy. Living the life he lived during the Four Horseman era would spoil anyone. Still thinking he could get away with things in life, in 1996, Flair was arrested in Charlotte for letting an underaged girl drive his car while intoxicated. The girl was 20 and had a 0.15 blood alcohol level. One can imagine Flair was much worse.
In 2005, Flair was arrested on warrants stemming from a road rage incident that took place in Charlotte. Flair allegedly got out of his car, grabbed a motorist by the neck, and kicked the door off the SUV. Edge ridiculed this on WWE programming. The latest occurrence involved owing his estranged wife $32,000 in spousal support.
6 Scott Steiner
There are egos in wrestling and then there is Scott Steiner. Steiner used to be well respected by fans in the ring, but when his get-up changed in WCW in the late 1990s, Steiner would go off and do whatever he wanted. This backs up his 1998 arrest for aggravated assault and making threats to a Georgia highway worker. Steiner threatened to run over the worker with his truck if the worker didn’t move. His second arrest involved being in the ring where an official EMT was there to treat injuries being sold by Michael Modest and Christopher Daniels. Steiner believed the worker to be a plant rather than a real EMT and struck him in the ring. Lastly, in 2005, Steiner, Lex Luger, and Buff Bagwell were all removed from a flight from Minnesota for a disturbance onboard the plane.
5 Buff Bagwell
Speaking of Buff Bagwell, he sits a spot higher on our list. Marcus “Buff” Bagwell used to be male stripper and peaked in his days in WCW. His first arrest was at an event as he struck a ring assistant backstage. WCW suspended him for 30 days and the ring assistant filed a civil suit against Bagwell. In 2004, he spent a few days in jail for driving under the influence (prescription drugs). In 2006 and 2012, he netted more DUIs and a reckless driving charge. Little information came from his last arrest back on June 9, 2014, as he was arrested in Georgia.
4 Dr. Death (Steve Williams)
Steve Williams was not a major player in WWE, as he made an appearance during the boxing fad it had going on during the early Attitude Era. Steve Williams was prominent in Japan and independent wrestling leagues. Known as Dr. Death, he was arrested in Detroit, Michigan in 1988 on charges of attempting to export cocaine from the U.S. That is pretty deep.
Carrying on this tradition in 1997, he was arrested for several boxes of pain killers. However, this time it happened at the Laredo International Airport in Laredo, TX. On top of this, in 1999, Williams was arrested on over $60,000 worth of back child support. To add to that story, Williams proved through DNA tests that he was not the father associated for the child support.
Sunny was the original face of sexuality during the Attitude Era. Within the last few years, however, she has been getting into quite a bit of trouble. In 2012, Tamara Lynn Sytch was arrested five times in a month. These included disorderly conduct, third degree burglary, and three counts of violating protective orders. Someone clearly lost their mind. She then hit a sixth time in January 2013 for violating a proctective order, then served 114 days in jail and was released in May.
2 Jake “The Snake” Roberts
Jake Roberts does not have the greatest reputation. Albeit now a Hall of Famer, “The Snake” has seen his fair share of hard times. Way back in 1988, at a WWE Double Main Event at the Orlando Arena, police dropped in and watched Roberts and Ted DiBiase go at it. The police weren't there for pleasure, but rather business. They arrested Roberts with a warrant for aggravated battery when Roberts had punched a man in Daytona. The altercation involved the two men arguing over the women and life in Daytona. Roberts got out of the car and punched the man in the face and stomach.
Roberts was arrested again in April 1999 for being $21,000 behind on Child Support. Then, in 2001, he backed his Lincoln Towncar into a parked car and fled the scene with a blood alcohol level of .079. He was sentenced to one year probation with drug and alcohol treatment and fined $600.
Fast forward to 2004 in England. Roberts had opened his own training facility. Unfortunately, he was arrested for neglecting his then twelve foot python, which eventually died. He was sentenced to community service and fines. Within a couple of months, back in America, he was arrested for cocaine possession. Roberts has cleaned up his act thanks to Diamond Dallas Page.
1 Scott Hall
“The Bad Guy” has certainly earned that reputation as he tops out Top 15 Wrestlers with the Most Arrests list. He starts his record pretty hard with a 1983 charge of second degree murder after shooting a man with his own gun outside of a club he was a bouncer at. According to Hall, this was self defense and it was dropped due to lack of evidence. During the 1990s, Hall’s drug problems were made public and even used for a WCW storyline. During this, he was arrested for keying a limousine while drunk. This led to $2,000 in damages.
In 1998, Hall groped a 56 year old woman outside of a hotel in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. During his probation period for this, Hall failed to finish community service and was arrested for that. He also received a DUI in 2000 as he was on his way to pick up his kids. He was driving the wrong way down a one way street. About a month later, he was arrested for kicking in the door of a taxi.
Years went by without a criminal incident for Hall. This was until 2008. During a roast of The Iron Sheik, Hall made a scene after a bad joke involving the death of Owen Hart. Hall stormed the stage and charged at Jimmy Graham and knocked over the podium. In 2010, he was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting a police officer at a bar in Chuluota, Florida. When police arrived, Hall was yelling at amateur wrestling personalities and the bar staff. One more for the good guys.
Then we get to 2012, his final arrest to this point, where Hall was arrested for domestic disturbance involving his girlfriend. Hall allegedly choked her while he was drunk. He denied the allegations.