15 WWE Superstars Vince Should Technically Release

If he's going to use certain rules in the XFL, wouldn't it make sense that he applies the same to the way he runs the WWE?

Have you ever watched the National Football League (NFL) and thought, "This is great and entertaining, but would be much better if I knew all of these players had clean rap sheets?" If you have, you've got your priorities mixed up, but you're actually included in the target demographic for Vince McMahon's reboot of the Xtreme Football League (XFL). That's right, likely due to boredom on his part and way too much money, the CEO of the WWE is planning to re-launch the failed football league in 2020. Nobody asked for it, but here we are. The XFL was disastrous and doomed from the start, which is detailed quite extensively in the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary, however it was innovative in a number of ways, most notably the way in which it utilized unique camera angles to provide viewers with an immersive game experience - the in-huddle and overhead camera, for instance, has since been adopted by the NFL.

Despite talk of the NFL's decline, the truth is the league is still the most prosperous sporting league in North America and by quite a wide margin. McMahon wants to create a counter league in which players MUST kneel for the national anthem and not discuss personal politics. Anybody who has spent a day in jail won't be allowed in the league either, meaning someone like Johnny Manziel would be ineligible. If he's going to use that rule in the XFL, wouldn't it make sense that he applies the same to the way he runs the WWE? He would never do so, however, as these 15 stars mean way too much to the company.

15 Jey Uso


The most recent example of a wrestler who should technically be let go if Vince applied his XFL logic to the WWE is Jey Uso. The fact that he is one-half of arguably the best tag team in the world right now would mean little, because he was arrested in Texas last month for DWI. Questions arose in regard to his status with the company after news of the arrest broke, but he appeared on SmackDown a couple of nights later and The Usos even retained their SmackDown Tag Team Titles in convincing fashion at the Royal Rumble.

14 Jimmy Uso


Jey isn't the only guard of the Uso Penitentiary to have been arrested. In fact, there's enough past negative news surrounding both brothers that you could make the argument they should have been fired long ago - or at least Jimmy. It's unfortunate because both are highly active in the WWE's charitable efforts and make a difference in a lot of people's lives, but driving while impaired seems to be a reoccurring issue - if they've been caught only once, that ain't the only time they've done it.

13 Rich Swann


Sticking with recent Superstars who have found themselves in hot water, Rich Swann was arrested this past December after an alleged domestic assault incident involving his wife, Vannarah Riggs. Swann was one of the top talents in the Cruiserweight division at the time, which might be a reason why he was suspended and not fired. The WWE has fired wrestlers for less, but kudos to the company for waiting for all the facts to come to light before making a decision on his future.

12 William Regal


Talk to any professional wrestlers from the Attitude and Ruthless Aggression Eras and they'll tell you William Regal was one of the best workers during that time and, despite the fact he was never an upper-card draw, he was a two-time Intercontinental Champion, four-time European Champion, and four-time Tag Team Champion. However, had Vince been strict about his no criminal record idea back then, Regal would have never had such success in the WWE. That's because back in the early 1990s, the UK native found himself in trouble on a flight from Tokyo, Japan to Detroit.

11 Big Show


Big Show aka Paul Wight is never going to be remembered as one of the best wrestlers of his era - he earned Most Embarrassing Wrestler from Wrestling Observer Newsletter in 2002 - but it's hard to imagine the industry without him. He's a five-time World Champion and eight-time Tag Team Champion and continues to help put younger talent over from time to time. However, back when he was in WCW, Show was arrested in Memphis for allegedly exposing himself to a female motel employee.

10 Charlotte Flair


"The Queen" Charlotte Flair has become the undisputed best women wrestler in the world. While Asuka might challenge for that crown in the near future, there's no denying Charlotte's impact on the women's division in the WWE. She's certainly in the company's good graces as of now, but she is her father's daughter and the Flair's haven't exactly maintained squeaky-clean lifestyles.

9 R-Truth


Although it might not seem like he's still with the WWE given his lack of TV time in recent months, R-Truth is still a valuable asset with the company in regard to live event performances and working with younger talent. He's likely nearing the end of his career, but the 46 year old certainly had a decent run in the company, spanning from 2000 to 2002 as well as 2008 to present day. He's a one-time United States Champion and one-time Tag Team Champion. He was kayfabe arrested along with The Miz during the 2011 Hell in a Cell, but has actually spent time in a real jail cell earlier in his life.

8 Jeff Hardy


If you're a fan of professional wrestling and especially the Hardy Boyz, chances are you've seen the video of the two brothers obviously under the influence of something shooting on CM Punk in a diner. It's not the most flattering video, and it's particularly sad when you know their history with drugs and alcohol. In fact, back in 2009 after Jeff had completed his program with Punk for the World Heavyweight Championship, he was arrested after a major drug bust targeted his North Carolina home.

7 Matt Hardy


Jeff isn't the only Hardy Boy to have been in trouble with the law. Before he was Broken or Woken, Matt Hardy was similarly struggling with pain and a plethora of personal problems, most notably drug addiction. It's one thing to allow your drug addiction to overtake your own life, but Matt endangered the lives of others on multiple occasions. Back in 2011, he was arrested three times in the span of a month, one of which was for a DUI. On the third occasion, his girlfriend, Reby Sky, placed a 911 call stating she was worried he "was strung out on pills and needed help."

6 Booker T


Admit it, you miss Booker T on commentary for Raw. Sure, you took to social media to complain or laugh about all the ridiculous things he said week-to-week, but it was entertaining at the very least. He genuinely comes across as a harmless, but hilarious dimwit who can take his fair share of verbal abuse. However, given his past, it's a little strange to hear someone like Michael Cole berate him every now and then.

5 Brock Lesnar


Can you imagine the WWE without Brock Lesnar? The Beast Incarnate debuted as the Next Big Thing and helped the company transition from the Attitude Era into the Ruthless Aggression Era, keeping it relevant in the early 2000s before returning in 2012 and enjoying a decent five-year run, despite much of it being as a part-timer. Still, he's an incredible draw and is one of the biggest names - and individuals - in sports entertainment.

4 Chris Jericho


Fans of Chris Jericho's podcast Talk is Jericho won't be too surprised to read this, but Y2J was once arrested for "alcohol intoxication in a public place." The incident occurred in 2010 in Kentucky and Jericho wasn't the only one placed under arrest. He happened to be with Gregory Helms, better known to WWE fans of The Hurricane. Both were later released on a $120 bond each.

3 Kurt Angle


Oh it's true, it's damn true that Kurt Angle has had his run-ins with the law. If you've followed his career or even watched the recent WWE 24 documentary on his induction into the WWE Hall of Fame, you'd know he suffered a terrible addiction to painkillers, which isn't all that surprising given his recurring neck injuries. However, alcohol has been a crutch for The Olympic Champion as well.

2 Roman Reigns

If we're being honest, the WWE - and Vince - could survive without some of the aforementioned talent, but can you imagine the Gold Boy Roman Reigns not being under contract? Though it might sound like a wonderful dream, it would be reality if Vince applied the same XFL rules to the WWE. Back in 2010, just a few weeks before signing with the WWE to join Florida Championship Wrestling, Reigns was arrested for disorderly conduct, public intoxication, and unlawful assembly. Surprisingly, news of the arrest remained under wraps until 2013, when posted his mug shot.

1 Himself


No, we're not referring to the December 2015 episode of Raw in which McMahon was kayfabe arrested and got into a scuffle with police officers (that incident actually led people to call the NYPD, if you didn't think people still believed wrestling was 100 percent real). Vince hasn't actually spent time in prison, but he does have a criminal record and was once at the forefront of a high-profile case regarding the illegal distribution of steroids.

Back in November of 1993, Vince was indicted in Brooklyn on federal charges that the WWE (then WWF) conspired for years with a previously convicted steroid dealer to distribute the illegal pills to WWF Superstars. Two years prior, Dr. George Zahorian implicated Vince and others such as Hulk Hogan after he was indicted. Vince was eventually acquitted due to underwhelming witness testimony and a number of legal errors.

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