Do not try this at home. The world of wrestling has brought a whole new meaning to this phrase. With moves that could leave you incapacitated or worse kill you, this is one warning that should be taken seriously by us normal folks. Let’s face it, a good chunk of the stuff we see in wrestling is contrived and the wrestlers are professional enough to make it seem real. However they really do get badly injured sometimes with some having their careers come to an end. There’s also the trauma that comes as a result of being struck in the head multiple times. This can cause mental disease and has led a number of wrestlers to perform some abominable actions. The prevalent drug use has also turned many wrestlers into questionable characters and ruined both their personal and professional lives.
Be it from mental disorder, drug or alcohol abuse, wrestlers have been known to commit some of the most violent and gruesome crimes. Quite a number of wrestlers can’t seem to hold their anger and with theirs being a violent sport, this has often translated to violent actions outside the workplace. Some wrestlers tend to act like bullies and go about harassing and assaulting people. With their muscular physiques and acquired skill, most people don’t stand a chance against them. This is a proven fact as even the police have occasionally had a tough time trying to rein some of this guys in. However, this kind of behaviour isn’t only restricted to the commoners as some have been involved in real life altercations with their fellow wrestlers. Now while some actually lead peaceful lives in the real world, it is a certainty that there will always be some who are eager to disturb the peace. Here are the 15 times wrestlers took the violence outside the ring.
15 15. Nicole Bass
14 14. Scott Hall
13 13. Big Van Vader
12 12. Ric Flair
11 11. Buff Bagwell
10 10. Matt Hardy
9 9. Juventud Guerrera
8 8. Ken Patera
In 1984, Patera and AWA’s Masa Saito were denied service at a McDonald’s restaurant when they arrived after hours, prompting Patera to throw a boulder through the window. Both wrestlers then assaulted the officers who came to investigate the matter and were only subdued after they brought in reinforcements. It reportedly took 18 officers to restrain them with 10 of them getting seriously injured.
7 7. Thomas Latimer
6 6. Jerry Lawler
5 5. Verne Gagne
4 4. Dick Slater
3 3. Brian Michael McGhee
He is a former WWE developmental wrestler who went by the name DT Porter. In 2013, a witness reported to have seen him walk up to his girlfriend’s apartment and appear to punch her in the stomach. The witness ran to call for help and returned to find the victim, who died at the scene, with a knife sticking from her stomach. McGhee then hopped into a car and fled.
2 2. Jose Gonzalez
In 1988 Jose Gonzalez, a wrestler and booker approached a fellow wrestler known as Bruiser Brody in the locker room before the latter’s match in Puerto Rico. He asked him to go into the shower area to discuss business and shortly after, screams were heard. Tony Atlas went into the shower stall, found Brody bleeding profusely and saw Gonzalez holding a knife. The paramedics were called but Brody couldn’t be saved.
1 1. Juana Barraza
Known as La Dama del Silencio (Lady of Silence), the Mexican wrestler later came to be referred to as Mataviejitas meaning Old Lady Killer. This is because she was a serial killer whose targets were women aged 60 or over, whom she mostly strangled then robbed after killing. She was arrested in 2006 after she was caught fleeing from the home of her latest victim. Fingerprint evidence linked her to 10 murders but she was believed to have killed over 40 victims.
In 2008, she was sentenced to 759 years (you read that right) in prison after being found guilty on 16 charges of murder and aggravated burglary. She targeted old women due to the resentment she felt towards her own mother, an alcoholic who sold her at a young age to an abusive man for three bottles of beer. Parents, please be nice to your kids.
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