Sometimes the real-life stories of pro wrestlers are even crazier than what’s on Monday Night Raw. Here are the most shocking, surprising and non-typical arrests in pro wrestling history.
2003 was not a good year for Lex Luger. Luger was first arrested on April 19th, 2003 for beating his girlfriend and wrestling celebrity Miss Elizabeth until she had two bruised eyes, a lump to the head and a busted lip. He was charged with a misdemeanor count of battery and released on $2,500 bond.
Only two days later, he was arrested again for driving while under the influence, without a license.
Then shockingly, it took a turn for the surreal. Ms. Elizabeth was found dead in their townhouse in Marietta, Georgia on May 1st, 2003. She had overdosed on a mixture of steroids, hydrocodone, testosterone, alprazolam (a drug used to treat anxiety disorders) and Vodka. While Ms. Elizabeth’s death was ruled accidental, Luger was charged on 14 drug possession counts and was featured on the news around the country. Luger pleaded guilty on February 3rd, 2005. He was sentenced to five-years probation with random drug testing and forced to pay a $1,000 fine.
The one and only “Nature Boy” had arrest warrants issued after a road rage incident took place in Charlotte, NC. Flair allegedly got out of his car, grabbed a motorist by the neck, and proceeded to completely kicked the door off the motorist’s sport utility vehicle.
The Hardy Brothers
In September 2009, Jeff Hardy’s house was raided by police and he was given a pile of drug charges, including trafficking. His brother Matt’s house was raided in September 2011, and he also received drug charges as a result.
Matt Hardy & Reby Sky
In January 2014, TMZ said Matt Hardy and his wife, also a wrestler, were arrested at a motel in Virginia for a bloody domestic brawl. A hotel staffer called 911 and said, “A guest just came down here and said somebody’s beating the hell out of his wife a girl or something.” They were both charged with assault, and issued restraining orders against each other.
The Big Show
In December 1998, while still working for World Championship Wrestling, Paul “The Big Show” Wight allegedly exposed his genitalia to a hotel worker in Memphis, Tenn. He was arrested on indecent exposure charges. However, due to insufficient evidence, Paul Wight was found not guilty and released.
Only four months after that incident, in March 1999, The Big Show was arrested again for the incident in the above video. Because of the footage, Paul was found not guilty of the assault charges he was arrested for.