WWE Hall of Famer Jerry “The King” Lawler was recently arrested on domestic assault charges, and the WWE responded by suspending him indefinitely. Well, until a few days later when the charges were dropped. The whole mess, according to Lawler, was a huge misunderstanding. Still, one has to imagine how frustrating this must be for WWE chairman Vince McMahon. WWE is a publicly traded company, and every time they take two steps towards mainstream respectability, something like this latest incident drags them three steps back.
It’s a long road to escaping the past.
You see, back in the day, especially in the '80s and '90s, WWE let all kinds of behavior fly. Illegal stuff. Despicable stuff. It was a different time, when WWE wrestlers lived a more hedonistic, rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle—lots of coke, lots of alcohol, and lots of sex. Back then, as long as you drew money and could show up for work the following morning, the company allegedly turned a blind eye or pushed the worst of it under the rug.
But things have changed, or so we hope. Here are 10 WWE wrestlers who were accused of some heinous stuff and suffered little to no backlash.