Top 20 Most Controversial Wrestlers Outside of the Ring

Late nights and loose women are not how you get into Heaven. For one to enter the pearly gates one must live like the proverbial Sunday Morning Chapel Chump; no fun, no fantasy, clean urine sample, clear eyes, and the warmth of Jesus in their hearts. Which is great for those who choose that life but when the grand finale arrives and life is finally over, these are the people who will look back in boredom – having missed the true experience of being alive. They may make it past Saint Peter but Hell has Jimi Hendrix and Marilyn Monroe. Satan is definitely throwing a better party.

The question here: how does anyone not look back in boredom before that final breath? Most of the time life is rather drab. The forty hour week takes its toll on the spirit while raising a family leaves no time for selfish wander. This is how and why most people fall into the category of “Weekend Warrior.” The thrill of Friday and Saturday nights and forgotten reality. Moments of mayhem. Perverse parades through the streets of life. The moments that define our delinquency. These are the tediously terrific times that we call our greatest memories.

Naturally, this anarchistic assault on life will be looked down upon by those who plan to achieve the higher Heavenly consciousness but that's all right. The controversy you create will provide fuel for their hatred. People are always going to talk about other people in a negative manner – might as well make their conversation as twisted and turbulent as possible; make yourself brutal and beastly, not in any harmful sense but purely for the humor. Those who can laugh at criticism are those who truly understand being alive. The real Good people.

This list will take a look at those professional wrestlers who live(d) their lives as loudly as they wanted and couldn't be bother with the noise complaints.

These are the top 20 most controversial wrestlers outside of the ring:

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20 Brock Lesnar

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Brock Lesnar: 4-Time WWE World Heavyweight Champion, UFC Heavyweight Champion, NCAA Division 1 Champion.

Brock Lesnar has conquered (pun intended) the world of amateur wrestling, professional wrestling and Ultimate Fighting. The Beast Incarnate has established himself as a top star on all fronts.

Controversy: Away from the ring and octagon, Brock Lesnar has remained a polarizing figure and has seen his share or run-ins with the law having been arrested for allegedly receiving large amounts of anabolic steroids, as well as hunting infractions.

19 Rob Van Dam

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Rob Van Dam: ECW World Television Champion, 6-Time WWE Intercontinental Champion, WWE Champion.

Rob Van Dam is not only most famous ECW alumni but one of the most organically popular WWE Superstars of all time.

Controversy: RVD, an avid marijuana smoker, would actual have the plant to blame for his early drop of the WWE Championship when he was arrested for possession and subsequently suspended by WWE.

18 Macho Man Randy Savage

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Macho Man Randy Savage: 2-Time WWE Champion, Intercontinental Champion, 4-Time WCW World Heavyweight Champion.

Macho Man Randy Savage will never get his final moment in the WWE sun but remains a large part of the company’s landscape.

Controversy: Macho Man would become an internet-conversation-starter by candidly speaking his mind about various wrestlers; much of the time in an unpleasant manner. The great wrestler would try his luck at becoming a great rapper, but his in-ring skills were not transferable to the microphone.

17 Shawn Michaels

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Shawn Michaels: 3-Time WWE Champion, World Heavyweight Champion, 3-Time WWE Intercontinental Champion, First Grand Slam Champion.

Shawn Michaels has left a mark on WWE history that can never be erased. Michaels will forever be recognized as The Heartbreak Kid, The Show Stopper and Mr. WrestleMania.

Controversy: Prior to his spiritual awakening, Shawn Michaels was known to stir the pot quit a bit in his younger days. Michaels, an admitted former pill-popper would also pose for Playgirl magazine in 1996 which not only had people talking but would lead to much mockery of HBK.

16 Jake Roberts

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Jake “The Snake” Roberts: NWA National Television Champion, NWA World Television Champion (Georgia), WWE Hall of Fame (Class of 2014)

Jake “The Snake” Roberts is widely regarded as the most menacing heel in WWE history, a psychologically impaired character to say the least.

Controversy: Jake Roberts has a well documented history with alcohol and substance abuse and until his salvation at DDP Yoga, had long been considered one of those “tragic wrestling stories.”

15 New Jack

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New Jack: 3-Time ECW World Tag Team Champion, SMW Tag Team Champion (Smokey Mountain Wrestling)

New Jack could very well be the craziest “professional wrestler” of all time – a legitimate bad ass who brought the streets into the ring.

Controversy: Over the years, the hardcore and nearly lethal in-ring style of New Jack has brought about legal action on more than one occasion. New Jack has actually been charged with felonies for some of his barbaric actions in the squared-circle.

14 Sunny

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Sunny: 2-Time Sammy Award Winner, WWE Hall of Fame (Class of 2011), Considered the “Original Diva.”

Sunny left a lasting impression on WWE – not just with the fans – but with those in the back with whom she had come into contact.

Controversy: Sunny has not only been arrested on multiple occasions but was involved in one of professional wrestling's most infamous affairs with Shawn Michaels. Recently, Sunny has been working out a deal to star in an adult film.

13 Buff Bagwell

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Buff Bagwell: 2-Time Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Champion, 3-Time Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Champion, 6-Time WCW World Tag Team Champion.

Buff Bagwell was a longtime employee of WCW and, while never making much of an impact himself on the Monday Night War, was a consistent background figure.

Controversy: Aside from the wrestling industry, Buff Bagwell has found himself caught up in another type of industry: working as a gigolo.

12 The Sandman

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The Sandman: 5-Time ECW World Heavyweight Champion, ECW World Tag Team Champion, Hardcore Hall of Fame Inductee.

The Sandman helped provide the original ECW with the cult-like cool factor that fans grew to love. The Sandman was a complete wrestling original.

Controversy: The gimmick of The Sandman involved a lot of booze and so did his real life – as well as substance issues and problems with the law as a result of said issues.

11 Jeff Hardy

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Jeff Hardy: WWE Champion, 2-Time World Heavyweight Champion, 4-Time Intercontinental Champion, Grand Slam Champion.

Jeff Hardy helped redefine and revolutionized tag team wrestling before finding success as a singles competitor and winning over millions of fans.

Controversy: Jeff Hardy has always been an outside-of-the-box kind of guy – a free spirit who apparently has enjoyed his share of substances which would eventually lead to an arrest, fine, and a short stint in jail.

10 CM Punk

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CM Punk: 2-Time WWE Champion, 3-Time World Heavyweight Champion, 2-Time Money in the Bank Winner, ROH World Champion.

CM Punk defied convention while performing in WWE – stepping away from what was considered to be “normal” and finding his own unique path.

Controversy: No drug abuse, arrests, or shady sexual content to report with CM Punk. His controversies are those of opinion. Punk has always been a very vocal and outspoken person and has often lambasted his employers.

9 Billy Graham

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Superstar Billy Graham: WWWF Heavyweight Champion (World Wide Wrestling Federation: Early Name of WWE), WWE Hall of Fame (Class of 2004)

Superstar Billy Graham is often credited with taking the professional wrestling interview to the next level, helping alter the format.

Controversy: Billy Graham was at odds with the McMahon family and WWE for a very long time; going as far as to make false accusations about WWE officials sexually abusing children. Graham has been dealing with dire health issues and has sold his Hall of Fame ring to help cover medical costs. In addition, Graham has asked to be taken out of the Hall of Fame completely.

8 Chyna

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Chyna: 2-Time WWE Intercontinental Champion, Women's Champion, First Woman to Participate in the Royal Rumble Match.

Chyna helped paved the way for the women of WWE to step up, play, and prosper in the male-dominated yard.

Controversy: Aside form the transition into Adult Film, Chyna has dealt with major substance abuse issues over the years. Her behavior is often erratic and her campaign against WWE and slandering of Triple H has only added to the crazy.

7 The Iron Sheik

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The Iron Sheik: WWE Champion, Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Champion, WWE Hall of Fame (Class of 2005)

The Iron Sheik was once loathed by the American professional wrestling viewing audience, a true heel in every sense of the gimmick.

Controversy: In recent years, The Iron Sheik has gained great popularity due to his outrageous outbursts on the professional wrestling industry and his hatred towards Hulk Hogan. The Iron Sheik became a newfound sensation for younger crowds thanks to his appearances on The Howard Stern Show.

6 Scott Hall

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Scott Hall: 4-Time WWE Intercontinental Champion. 2-Time WCW United States Heavyweight Champion, WWE Hall of Fame (Class of 2014)

Scott Hall or Razor Ramon (depending on the side you chose) was a seminal performer in both WWE and WCW.

Controversy: Scott Hall has long loved the drink as well as illegal substances. Hall has been arrested numerous times throughout his career for unlawful actions.

5 The Ultimate Warrior

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The Ultimate Warrior: WWE Champion, 2-Time Intercontinental Champion, WWE Hall of Fame (Class of 2014)

The Ultimate Warrior has left behind a WWE legacy that will not forgotten – a strange man who lived his life on his own terms.

Controversy: Following his retirement from professional wrestling, Warrior would take up motivational speaking and blogging. However, his conservative views would often raise an eyebrow; especially his view on homosexuality. Warrior has also made many disparaging remarks and allegations about former colleagues.

4 Scott Steiner

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Scott Steiner: WCW World Heavyweight Champion, 2-Time WCW World Television Champion, 2-Time WCW United States Champion.

Scott Steiner became a fixture on the WCW scene when he left WWE and found the biggest success of his career.

Controversy: Scott Steiner has always been an unpredictable man; going rogue during promos, aggressively bashing many of his fellow wrestlers, as well as finding himself involved in lawsuits and other legals troubles.

3 Hulk Hogan

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Hulk Hogan: 6-Time WWE Champion, 6-Time WCW World Heavyweight Champion, 2-Time Royal Rumble Winner.

What else can anyone say about Hulk Hogan that hasn't already been said? Hulk Hogan is the Babe Ruth of professional wrestling.

Controversy: Despite being the biggest wrestling star of all time, Hulk Hogan has seen his share of controversial moments; having been involved in a steroid scandal, a sex tape scandal and a nasty public divorce.

2 Ric Flair

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Ric Flair: 9-Time NWA World Heavyweight Champion, 6-Time WCW World Heavyweight Champion, 2-Time WWE Champion.

Ric Flair is the most decorated/celebrated Heavyweight Champion in the history of professional wrestling – across all promotions.

Controversy; Ric Flair has lived a lavish life for a long time and along the way has accumulated multiple divorces, legals troubles, and a bunch of personal feuds with other members of the wrestling world.

1 Jesse Ventura

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Jesse Ventura: 2-Time AWA Southern Heavyweight Champion, WWE Hall of Fame (Class of 2004), 38th Governor of Minnesota.

Jesse “The Body” Ventura was a pushy heel wrestler who would one day find politics and a new gubernatorial career.

Controversy: Jesse Ventura is an avid Conspiracy Theorist (enough said?). Ventura loves to stick his nose into political business and attempt to explain his own warped viewpoint which is often nothing more than ramble-to-raise-suspicions.

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