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
14 Big Show
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.
12 Doink the Clown
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.
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.”
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.
8 Matt Hardy
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.
6 Scott Steiner
5 Buff Bagwell
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.
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.
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.
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