WWE has had a long and sordid history with disciplinary problems. In probably the most infamous example, stretching from the steroid trials of the early 90s to the current Wellness Policy, drugs of all sorts of varieties have been a significant issue within WWE (and all of pro wrestling). But PEDs and illegal prescriptions aren’t the only reasons why some WWE Superstars have found themselves under suspension for their activities under WWE contract. In fact, many of the stories behind some particularly noteworthy WWE suspensions are incredibly interesting, and in some cases, so ridiculous that we can barely believe that they could possibly be true. So, let’s take a look at the permanent records of some of WWE’s biggest stars and discover the incredible tales that led to them taking some unexpected time off.
10. RVD Smokes Pot, Somehow People Are Surprised
In 2006, it looked like Rob Van Dam was finally going to get his due in WWE. Long one of the company’s most popular stars, RVD had been denied a run with the World title for a variety of reasons. But with WWE attempting to revive ECW as a third televised brand, they decided to start things off by making one of the most recognizable names of the original ECW the first champion. They did so by having RVD cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase against John Cena at the second One Night Stand PPV, becoming WWE Champion and then, simultaneously, being named ECW Champion by Paul Heyman. It was a great start for the new ECW, one that, unfortunately, would not last. Mere weeks after becoming champion, RVD was pulled over by police for speeding, who then investigated his vehicle and ended up arresting him for possession. Van Dam’s supportive attitude towards marijuana was pretty much common knowledge within the industry (and was basically a defining characteristic of his on-screen persona), but after the arrest went public, and was accompanied by the police dash-cam video that became widely circulated on the Internet, WWE was forced to punish RVD, who dropped both the WWE and ECW titles in matches on Raw and ECW’s new show, and was immediately suspended for 30 days. Soon afterwards, WWE amended their Wellness Policy, which had previously only forced Superstars to pay a $1,000 fine for positive marijuana tests, instead making it a strike-worthy violation.