Breaking into professional wrestling is a tough nut to crack, but even harder is to maintain a stable lifestyle and not give in to the temptations that come with this job. Wrestlers like Steve Austin, The Rock and Trish Stratus have successfully utilized their fame to switch over to other lucrative careers. Sadly, the same can’t be said about countless others who preferred to live in the moment, instead of making smart financial decisions and saving for their retirement.
10. Perry Saturn
Saturn debuted in WWE as a member of the group called The Radicalz, along withChris Benoit, Eddie Guerrero and Dean Malenko. He was released in 2002, and remained active on the independent circuit for two years.
Sadly, his downfall began with an act of heroism on his part. Saturn was shot in the back of his neck while saving a woman from getting raped by two men. He survived but the doctors didn’t clear him to wrestle and Saturn became addicted to methamphetamine. Saturn’s finances crumbled and he was homeless for more than two years. He disappeared from public view and was not seen for several years. He reappeared in 2009, stating that he had gotten over his addiction.
9. Ric Flair
Having wrestled for every major promotion in the US, Flair has captured the World championship a record 16 times. He played the character of a rich and cocky villain to perfection.
Unfortunately, Flair’s real life persona wasn’t much different than his on screen one. He has gone through four divorces and as a result, has remained in debt for several years. Presently, Flair is working with the WWE in a backstage capacity.
8. Jimmy Snuka
Snuka was the inaugural ECW champion and the first opponent of The Undertaker at Wrestlemania. He was in the corner of Hulk Hogan and Mr. T in the main event of the first Wrestlemania. Snuka was one of the biggest stars during the Rock and Wrestling Era and introduced the high flying style of wrestling to the WWE.
In 2015, Snuka was charged with the murder of his girlfriend, Nancy Argentino, 32 years after the incident. By this time, Snuka’s financial condition had deteriorated. The publicity surrounding Argentino’s death made it hard for Snuka to get much work after his WWE stint. Snuka was deemed unfit for trial after his attorney told reporters that he was suffering from dementia.
At the peak of the Attitude Era, Fans used to flock in on a weekly basis to witness the attraction heavily promoted by the WWE as “the 9th wonder of the world”- Chyna. Her chiselled frame made her stand out among her peers. She was released in 2001, amidst rumours of Triple H’s (her real life boyfriend) affair with Stephanie Mcmahon behind her back. Chyna made her porn debut in a 2004 video named “1 Night in Chyna”, with former D-X associate, Sean Waltman. She had a brief stint with Vivid Video for 3 years.
Chyna’s post-WWE life saw her battling with drug issues, coupled with poor financial decisions. In 2015, Triple H stated on Stone Cold’s podcast that Chyna’s career choice as an adult movie star is a major hurdle in her induction into the WWE Hall of Fame.
On April 21st 2016, Chyna was found dead at her home in California. Reports stated that the cause of death was a drug overdose. She was 45.
6. Buff Bagwell
When Vince Mcmahon, bought WCW in March 2001, Bagwell was among the first to sign a contract with the WWE. Following a contest with Booker T for the WCW Championship on an episode of Raw is War, he was released from his contract. Bagwell spent years barely managing to make ends meet and was broke for a brief period of time.
Presently, Buff Bagwell works for an escort service company called Cowboys4Angels, as a professional gigolo. According to the owner of the service, Garren James, Bagwell is quite popular among the customers, and is the 2nd most sought after escort, after Nick Hawk.
Also, Bagwell is happily married.