WWE: Ranking the 20 Most Embarrassing Arrests of WWE Superstars and Divas
The latest edition of Raw this past Monday had CM Punk taking a field sobriety test, and while the straight edge may never have to take one in the "real world," many of his WWE peers have.
It is no secret that the WWE's roster is filled with superstars and divas who have had unfortunate run-ins with the law—men and women whose encounters with the police range from funny to tragic (and of course embarrassing).
What follows is a list ranking 20 of the most embarrassing arrests of WWE superstars and divas...
20. Santino Drinks a Little Too Much Vino
In 2008, Santino Marella was arrested on the charges of driving under the influence. Marella would go on to be released later on a $500 bond.
One can only guess the hilarity that would have ensued if Marella had stayed in character throughout his arrest. Although it is not hard to imagine a drunken Marella trying to convince the police that it was the "cobra" driving the car and not him.
19. Jimmy Uso Up a One-Way Street
Proving that the WWE is not the only entity that has no clue what direction to push the Usos, last year in Tampa, Fla., Jimmy Uso was arrested after an officer spotted him driving the wrong direction on a one-way street.
The WWE superstar had a .18 blood alcohol level at the time of his arrest—over twice the legal limit in the state of Florida.
18. Wade Barrett Tussles with the Police
In 2008 while still with FCW, Wade Barrett was arrested and charged with the battery of a law enforcement officer following an incident with a female outside a Tampa bar.
Barrett had attacked a man who unfortunately was an officer in plain-clothes, though in response to this, the "Bare Knuckle Brawler" later replied that had he known the man was an officer, he would not had tried to leave the scene.
The charges against Barrett would later be dropped, but unfortunately for the the Briton, his escapades were recorded in the form of a goofy mugshot.
17. Ted DiBiase Jr. Crashes
In 2008 Ted DiBiase Jr., was arrested after crashing his vehicle in South Tampa.
According to the Tampa police report, DiBiase had been driving under the influence—making fans everywhere wonder why the son of the "Million Dollar Man" does not have a chauffeur to drive him around around (or the money to call a cab).
Way to break kayfabe (and the law)—jerk.
16. Lita Speeds Past the Cops and into Our Hearts
Last year, Amy Dumas, better known as former WWE Diva, Lita, was arrested in Georgia on charges of speeding in excess of maximum limits and for driving with a suspended license.
Though the reasons why Lita was speeding were not disclosed, one can only speculate that the former Diva was driving away in fear of the current Divas Division.
15. The Heart Break Kid Breaks the Law
Long before Shawn Michaels was "arrested" on Raw, the Heart Break Kid had an unfortunate encounter with the law enforcers of Louisville, Ky.
Though the reasons for his arrest were never disclosed, one can only guess it had to do with rocking such a sweet haircut without a permit.
14. Sean Waltman Does His Best Keith Richards Impersonation
Former WWE superstar Sean Waltman, better known as X-Pac, was arrested last year on charges of possession of hydrocodone and drug paraphernalia.
His real crime however was getting away with looking like Keith Richards in the Pirates of the Caribbean films and not paying royalties to Disney.
13. Tammy Lynn Sytch's Less Than Sunny Disposition
For a woman nicknamed "Sunny," Tammy Lynn Sytch sure had many issues.
None however was more embarrassing than Sytch's problems with her own mother which in 1999, after escalating confrontations, resulted in Sunny's mother filing a restraining order against her.
Sytch promptly violated the restraining order, resulting in her arrest.
12. Eddie Guerrero Cheats and Then Lies
Known of his cheating and lying in the ring, Eddie Guerrero was no stranger to breaking the rules.
Unfortunately for the "Latino Heat," his antics spilled into the real world and Guerrero was arrested in 2001 after being charged with driving under the influence.
Like a true heel, Guerrero plead no contest.
11. Booker T. Flips Burger Joints
Long before his time with WCW (and later WWE), Booker T committed a series of armed robberies of Wendy's restaurants in Houston (a restaurant chained he also worked for).
The act would eventually result in his arrest in 1987 and a five-year prison sentence. Though luckily for the six-time world champion, he only served 19 months of his sentence and was placed on parole.
10. Vader Work Gets Taken a Little Too Seriously
In 1997 while touring with the WWE, Vader was arrested for taking his job a little too seriously, or rather for the government of Kuwait not understanding the subtleties of pro wrestling.
During the taping of the show Good Morning Kuwait, Vader "attacked" the show's host after he had claimed that wrestling was fake. Vader was acting under others of Gerry Brisco, believing that the show's host had been informed of the ruse.
Unfortunately for Vader, the host was unaware of the work, resulting in Vader's arrest.
9. Jeff Parties Too Hardy
In 2009, Jeff Hardy was arrested for being in possession of more drugs than a corner pharmacy.
Hardy's charges included trafficking controlled prescription pills and possession of anabolic steroids, after authorities found 262 Vicodin pills, 180 soma pills, 555 milliliters of anabolic steroids, residual amounts of powdered cocaine and drug paraphernalia.
Hardy would go on to serve a 10-day jail sentence for his actions.
8. William Regal's Golden Flight
While still part of the WCW roster, William Regal was arrested for urinating on a stewardess. According to his own book ("Walking a Golden Mile", p.173-174.), Regal claims that he was so drunk that he does not remember the incident and only recalls waking up in a cell in Anchorage, Alaska.
One has to guess that since Regal does not remember the event, the person who is most embarrassed by it is the poor flight attendant on whom the "Real Man's Man" urinated.
7. The Nature Boy Goes Wild
Known for his wild temperament in the ring, Ric Flair's intensity apparently follows him on the road, too.
In 2005, Flair was arrested after a road-rage incident.
Flair was charged with injury to personal property and simple assault and battery after he allegedly got out of his car and grabbed a motorist by the neck and proceed to kick the person's vehicle.
6. Scott Hall's Tragic Decline
Better known by wrestling fans as Razor Ramon, Scott Hall's contribution to the world of pro-wrestling have been as often overshadowed by his run-ins with the law.
Hall's issues with drugs and alcohol have been well documented over the years and unfortunately for the founding member of the nWo, more than just being embarrassing, they have resulted in a tragic downfall.
5. Jerry Lawler Encounters Some Royal Pains
Jerry Lawler's encounters with the law have ranged from the embarrassing to the truly macabre.
In 1999, after being given a ticket at the Memphis International Airport, not only did Lawler rip the ticket up, but proceeded to run over the foot of the officer who had given him the ticket.
This, however, was not Lawler's first encounter with the law. In 1993, the King was arrested on the charges that he had raped and sodomized a 15-year-old girl. The charges were later dropped after the girl admitted to making up the events.
4. Nicole Kicks Some Bass
Although never arrested, Nicole Bass' run-in with the cops has to be one of the weirdest on this list.
In 2005, as if part of a WWE storyline, a drunk Nicole Bass, former WWE pro-wrestler began to beat her husband Robert Fuchs.
Bass had been using alcohol to self medicate, after she had trouble filling her Oxycontin prescriptions—drinking as much as half a gallon of vodka a day.
Fuchs proceed to call 911, fearing that his pro-wrestler wife would kill him. Bass in return bit the hand of one of the arriving officers.
3. Tazz Keeps (most) Things Under Wraps
For many years, there has been some confusion as to whether former WWE superstar, Tazz, was ever arrested.
The myths and rumors around his arrest are numerous and lead one to believe that if they are true, Tazz has done a solid job of keeping the skeletons in his closet.
According to the Beaver County Times, in 1998, Tazz asked a 15-year-old girl working at a tanning salon to lift her shirt and show him her breasts. Tazz allegedly exposed himself to the girl.
On account of this, Tazz was arrested and forced to sit in a jail cell having insufficient funds to pay the $10,000 bond.
2. Chris Jericho's Jerichol
While there are many WWE superstars on this list who have been arrested for the consumption of alcohol, the no. 2 spot on this list goes to Chris Jericho who in January 2010, drank too much Jerichol alongside Gregory Helms.
The two were taken into custody in Kenton County, Ky., under the charges of "alcohol intoxication in a public place."
1. The Big Show Accused of Showing a Little Too Much
Here is some pro-wrestling trivia, can you guess the importance of the following words:
"Well it's the Big Show. It's a big bad Show tonight... Crank it up, turn on them lights! Get ready for something that you've never known. You won't see it coming, but I promise you'll know."
Fans of the wrestler the Big Show, know that these are the lyrics to his entrance song "Crank It Up" by the band Brand New Sin, what you may not know is that these words also describe the alleged actions that led up to the Big Show's 1998 arrest.
All jokes aside, the No. 1 most embarrassing arrest goes to the "World Largest Athlete" who in December 1998, while still part of the WCW roster and wrestling under the name The Giant, was arrested in Memphis, Tenn., for allegedly exposing himself to a female motel employee.
The Big Show would later be released because of authorities could not find sufficient evidence.