The incidents of professional wrestlers getting arrested for DUI seem to be a growing epidemic with the recent arrest of Jimmy Uso in Florida. The arrest came after Uso was seen driving the wrong way on a one way street which led police to pull him over for a traffic violation. Uso was found to have a blood alcohol level of .18 which is more than twice the legal limit of .08. Uso, who is the son of former WWE Superstar Rikishi, was held on $500 bond after his arrest which is a telling story itself.
The number of DUI arrests for pro wrestlers seems to be slowly spiraling out of control with the recent arrests of Matt Hardy and Kurt Angle, who both have had prior DUI arrests. Though Hardy was eventually charged with being under the influence of a controlled substance his multiple arrests within a month shows a continuing and growing issue. Former Impact Wrestling star Daffney was arrested earlier this year for DUI and was sentenced to DUI school, twelve months’ probation and fines. One cannot forget the Shane Helms crash due to abuse that led to charges beign filed later in the case due to his injuries.
With the WWE promising immediate suspensions for drug abuse and using a stringent drug testing program and Impact Wrestling having a more loosely based drug program, it appears that more pro wrestlers are turning to alcohol. While not a new phenomenon for wrestling, many old school workers would kill a case of beer between towns, the number of arrests is on the rise. There appears to be no repercussions for those caught up in a DUI arrest and/or conviction in Impact Wrestling and the WWE seems to be interested in a case to case basis which one could read as to who is involved and where they stand on the roster.
Unless the big three promotions, WWE, Impact Wrestling and Ring of Honor implement an alcohol abuse policy and offer treatment it is only a matter of time before one of these arrests include a charge of manslaughter.
–Word is the impending marriage between David Otunga and Jennifer Hudson appears to be on hold due to Otunga and his reluctance to sign a pre-nuptial agreement.
–Great Kahli is done and headed back to India to do TV work.
–The Rock, who is scheduled to be on the RAW from Boston in November, is set to film a movie with Susan Sarandon to be called “Snitch.”
–You may have read about Devon Nicholson and his Randy Savage Memorial show which Greg Valentine no-showed after calling and demanding all of his money of front and complaining about the travel itinerary and saying that if Lanny Poffo agreed to the same sort of deal he was an idiot. Valentine was allegedly drunk at the time of the call and Nicholson made the recording public. Valentine later apologized and promised to repay the money and Nicholson tried to match-up Poffo and Valentine in a cage fight. Yeah, that is never going to happen and all I have to say to Nicholson about this whole mess is, it is Greg Valentine, what the hell did you expect?
–Speaking of Nicholson, he has filed a lawsuit against the WWE for $5.8 million dollars claiming a breach of contract and wrongful dismissal. Nicholson claims the WWE offered him a contract in June of 2009 and rescinded the same once they found out he could not be licensed in a number of states due to having Hep-C. Nicholson still has a pending lawsuit against Abdullah the Butcher who he claims gave him the Hep-C.
–Haku cleared up a rumor recently when he admitted to having bitten the nose off of someone who called the business fake. Now you hear how “fake” the business is every time you watch RAW, my how things change.
–The recent comments Michael Cole made about JerryLawler bleeding from his anus were said to have amused Vince McMahon which shows you the mentality of those involved.
–Chris Jericho has been making noise about returning to the WWE on a limited basis working a schedule much like Shawn Michaels did.
–William Regal is game for one more run saying he is in the best shape of his career and wants to go out on a high note.
–Sheamus v. Mark Henry for the World Championship at WrestleMania? Good God where are the new stars?
–Tyson Kidd, who said of the Sin Cara v. Sin Cara match that the best part of being under the hood means you do not have to show your face after that performance, claimed his statement was taken out of context. Honestly there really is no other way to take this comment and there is no assuming to be done. You say it, own it, do not back down later when you are called out on what you said.
–I will have reviews of “Memphis Heat” and “Woo Mercy” the biographical film of Jimmy Valiant coming up later this week. I can tell you this already though, these are two must have releases…