Because professional wrestlers are often treated like they are superheroes come to life, it’s easy to forget that behind the gimmicks, wrestlers are just as human as we are. And sometimes, humans make mistakes, and end up having run-ins with the law. Unlike normal people, however, wrestlers, like other athletes and celebrities, get the dubious honor of having their mugshots circulated around the Internet, a constant reminder of their past transgressions. Here are some of the more well-known examples of those times that wrestlers found themselves in legal trouble.
15. Kurt Angle
One of the biggest reasons why Kurt Angle hasn’t made his way back to WWE after leaving a decade ago is that his post-WWE life has been littered with run-ins with the law, as he has several arrests for driving while intoxicated, the last one as recently as 2013. Angle was also arrested for allegedly stalking his ex-girlfriend and former TNA Knockout Rhaka Khan while driving on a suspended license, with a controlled substance in his car (that would be HGH, for which Angle revealed he had a prescription). It should be noted that this arrest literally took place right before a TNA Pay Per View which Angle was headlining. Those charges were eventually dropped, however.