Considering the kind of damage the professional wrestling industry tends to leave in its wake - drug abuse, broken marriages, lost families, and all manner of physical and mental trauma - the pantheon of professional wrestling scandal is surprisingly small.
Pro wrestling is still tied to its carny roots, so you’ll forever have your Montréal Screwjobs, your Black Saturdays, and your steroid investigations. Not only that, but given that this is a medium of stories within stories, there’s your Fingerpokes of Doom, your Streaks (Goldberg and Undertaker versions), and your HLA/Piggy James/making Trish Stratus bark like a dog.
And, of course, the business is synonymous with tales of tragic deaths, as wrestling stars past, present and sometimes future continue to leave us far too young. Others avoided such a dreadful fate, but had their lives irrevocably altered by the business. Bret Hart had his lights kicked out in a WCW ring. ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin and many others had their careers and probably their lives shortened by botched movies. At least they’re all better off than Droz, who was crippled for life between the ropes.
Heart attacks, accidents, and suicides; painkillers, recreationals, and PEDs; swerves, shoots, and lawsuits. You all know the big stories inside-out… but what about the lesser known scandals in pro wrestling?
Here’s ten of the best - and as always, if you have a favourite you think should have been on the list, tell us about it in the comments.
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