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  • Downplayed with Buck Zumhofe, who served three years for having sexual encounters with a minor back in 1986, but was allowed back into the AWA after his sentence in 1989 along with a brief stint and toy deal with WWF in 1991. It wasn't until 2014 when his careernote  finally came to an end when he was sentenced to 25 years in prison for molesting his daughter and attempting to flee the court following his conviction.
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  • Sherri Martel's back problems led to her getting hooked on oxycodone, or "hillbilly heroin". In 1993, Vince McMahon summoned her to his office and informed her that her services were no longer required. WCW was a bit more accommodating, even allowing Sherri to take time off for detox, but in 2000 she relapsed and was released for good. Sherri would later on pass away via a drug overdose in June of 2007.
  • In a case that was more of a Career-Ending Misdemeanor, Tully Blanchard not passing a drug test in the WWF in late 1989 not only led to his soon-to-expire contract with the promotion not being renewed, but also had the side effect of the NWA/Jim Crockett Promotions reneging an offer they had extended to him to return to them once his WWF contract expired. This basically ended Blanchard's up-and-coming wrestling career in The '80s despite him being one of the founding members of the legendary Power Stable The Four Horsemen; he would only wrestle in half a dozen matches through The '90s, with his last high-profile match taking place during the infamous Heroes of Wrestling event in 1999. He continues working in the wresting industry to this day, however, currently employed in All Elite Wrestling as a coach and manager.
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  • Paul Roma was told to make the young upstart Alex Wright look good in their match at WCW SuperBrawl V, February 19, 1995, en route to losing the match. Roma instead no-sold Wright's offense, mocked his goofy dance to a Face reaction despite the fact that Roma was the Heel here, and actually kicked out of Wright's schoolboy rollup pin attempt, though the ref counted to three anyway. WCW fired Roma after this and he has only ever been seen in small independents ever since.
  • Bull Nakano was released from the WWF in 1995 for being caught in possession of cocaine. She later went on to wrestle in WCW for a few years.
  • The late Nelson Frazier Jr., known by his various ring names King Mabel, Viscera, and Big Daddy V, was Demoted to Extra by the bookers in 1995 when he performed a stiff seated senton on Kevin Nash that gravely injured the latter. Mabel was already known as an unsafe worker who refused to perform his most dangerous moves properly, and it took Nash himself to convince the management not to fire him. However, the problem would turn even worse later when then Mabel famously injured The Undertaker with a similarly stiff leg drop to the face. The bookers waited for Undertaker to recover to win a revenge match and then terminated Mabel's contract. He did return to the WWF two years later, though.
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  • During the 2000s, Viscera would be fired once again, rumoredly, for doing a number while high on cocaine. Apparently, Shawn Michaels reported the execs that he had just seen Big Vis doing the longest line of coke he had seen in his life (which means it had to be a freaking long line), and the latter couldn't even deny it due to his state of mind. Again, he would be rehired some years later.
  • Cathy Dingman's short lived tenure in WWE as "Barbara 'B.B.' Bush" was short lived because she was discovered having an affair with the married Bob Holly in 1999.
  • Mark Henry was sent to Stampede Wrestling to "learn discipline" after he threatened to beat up Shawn Michaels, who had been stealing his crutches as a prank while Henry had an injured ankle. Similar incidents through the 2000s where Henry lashed back at mobbing got him sent to Ohio Valley Wrestling too.
  • Eddie Guerrero was arrested for DUI in 2001 and released by WWE; five months passed before he returned to WWE. Having dealt with many of his personal demons in that period, Eddie returned to enjoy the greatest success of his career (up until his unexpected death in 2005).
  • Curt Hennig and Scott Hall were released from the WWE in May 2002 for their roles in the Plane Ride from Hell, in which Henning got into a fight with Brock Lesnar on the plane, while Hall had become so intoxicated that he had to use a wheelchair to get through customs.
  • A contestant on the third season of WWE Tough Enough in 2002, Lisa, was cut from the competition after having a psychotic breakdown, breaking into the hidden camera room and climbing onto the roof of the house. She was hospitalised but fled when her parents came to check her out, and she managed to have an entire wing of a local airport shut down while people tried to find her. Her fellow contestants (and by extension the audience) were told she left because she decided wrestling wasn't the right career for her.
  • Teddy Hart, who became the youngest man to ever get a WWE developmental deal in 1998, has been fired and blacklisted from several companies due to his prima donna attitude that makes him a pain to work with backstage, and the fact that he's such an Attention Whore and Spot Monkey that he'll even refuse to go through with previously agreed finishes or the script (where applicable) and show off with insane high-flying moves that put himself and his opponents in danger. That developmental deal lasted four years until he was released from WWE for "attitude problems" in 2002 (though he got two more WWE developmental deals in 2005 and 2006). He was released from Ring of Honor and TNA in 2004 after Sabu had to separate him and CM Punk (he'd make a one night ROH return in 2009 and be offered a TNA return in 2016). He pisses off so many people that some companies (such as AAA in 2010, before he returned as part of los Perros Del Mal at Triplemania XX) admit to firing him out of fear that some coworkers will attempt to murder him.
  • Jeff Hardy, Mr. Fanservice and an expert at working the crowd (though with increasingly poor workmanship in his actual wrestling), originally lost his WWE job in 2003 due to his drug abuse; he was hired a year later by TNA (a company with a notably less stringent drug-testing policy). He then lost his job with TNA due to no-showing a number of events and then was rehired by WWE a few months later. He blitzed through several Wellness policy strikes before leaving to "heal from injuries", not coincidentally around the time he was arrested for steroid and prescription pill trafficking. TNA rehired him in January 2010, and he held it together for about 9 months before falling off the wagon, eventually culminating at the 2011 Victory Road PPV where Jeff went out to wrestle Sting while stoned out of his gourd. Hardy had to make a public apology when he returned and TNA told him that it would be his last chance.
  • Ring of Honor has lost both of its founders to such events. Gabe 'Jimmy Bowers' Sapolsky for booking an exceptionally tasteless and widely mocked angle, was simply him lapsing at his job but Rob 'Fun Athletic Guy' Feinstein was caught trying to get an underaged boy to consent in 2004. Among wrestlers not named Teddy Hart, Adam Pearce was effectively banned from the promotion for telling a merchandise agent picked up by consequence of the Sinclair purchase that he wanted to beat the piss out of him.
  • Amy Zidian was released from WWE after being incredibly rude to several people, including Vickie Guerrero and Stephanie McMahon. She legitimately didn't know who the later two were, but refused to apologize after she was told their identities.
  • A family member of Torrie Wilson's fell ill suddenly and she had to immediately go home to see them. Through sheer bad luck she was unable to get a hold of anyone in the office to notify them. She ended up missing a Raw and a PPV that she was advertised for and was fired by the company. However, she was rehired back a few days later. She theorised that it would have been a PR disaster for them if word got out.
  • Kurt Angle was released from WWE in 2006 allegedly for his refusal to go into rehab.
  • While he wasn't fired for it, getting busted for marijuana possession in 2006 led then ECW and WWE Champion Rob Van Dam to drop both of those titles in two days (one on Raw, the other on ECW the next night) before serving out his sixty-day Wellness suspension.
  • In 2009, Mr. Kennedy was fired from WWE among accusations that he was reckless and unsafe on the ring, having possibly threatened Randy Orton's head and neck with a botched suplex. He had previously been implicated in a group steroid scandal and suspended thirty days, which didn't precisely help.
  • Serena Deeb, of CM Punk's Straight Edge Society, was let go in 2010 for excessive partying and drinking in public. So not only was she becoming a detriment to WWE's image and acting unprofessionally, she was contradicting the character she played. However, take in mind that weeks earlier, Serena helped save CM Punk from Kane's wrath by showing the only thing that would help clear his name: footage of her relapse. It just was legitimate this time. WWE brought her back in 2017 for a spot in the WWE Mae Young Classic and offered her a coach's position at the Performance Center.
  • A subversion happened with Daniel Bryan in 2010. During the segment where the Nexus debuted, several sponsors complained about a part where Bryan choked ring announcer Justin Roberts with his tie, as it brought back memories of the Chris Benoit murders. According to Roberts's autobiography, Vince McMahon reportedly loved it but publicly released Bryan to appease the sponsors - with the full intention of hiring him back a few months later.
  • 7 ft Isis the Amazon was advertised for the third season of NXT as "Aloisa" in 2010 but was cut from the show after it was found that she had done erotic fetish photos online. She wasn't released however until she actively started complaining about it to any interviewer who asked.
  • In August 2010, Taryn Terrell (a.k.a. former WWE Diva Tiffany) was fired after getting arrested for assaulting her then husband Drew McIntyre.
  • While not fired per se, the name Nick Gage, who was highly decorated in CZW, would become fodder for angles after fans of the promotion identified him as an attempted bank robber to the authorities in December of 2010, leading to his arrest. Drew Gulak would name him and several others who left CZW for various legal related problems during his "Campaign For A Better Combat Zone".
  • Lince Dorado would be fired from Chikara in 2011, either for appearing in public without his mask or for no showing one too many events, the former story being more popular.
  • AW, the manager for the Prime Time Players, was released after he made an off color reference to the Kobe Bryant rape case (which was aired live on Raw no less) in 2012, although he had made several other statements in the weeks leading up to it (and Big Show had referenced the same incident on Smackdown, a pre taped show that could easily remove them).
  • Kelly Kelly invoked this in late 2012. She had wanted to take a hiatus from the company for a while and disappeared for a few months, before making a couple of reappearances. However she wished to leave altogether due to nagging injuries and the office refused to release her. She responded by taking part in a very risque photo shoot for a calendar. After refusing to take some of the photos down from her website, the office released her.
  • Ivelisse Vélez was abruptly let go in 2012 and the reason was said to be "attitude problems" - and a rumour went around that it was because she had been acting very arrogant and believing she would be on the main roster soon. She denied these claims and later said that she had spoken up against trainer Bill DeMott and his abuse of trainees. She claimed that she was released to be made an example of.
  • Brad Maddox was fired from WWE in November 2015 after footage surfaced of him calling the audience of a house show "pricks".
  • Double Subverted with Emma, who was released by WWE in 2014 after she was arrested for shoplifting (though, in reality, it was less deliberate shoplifting and more having difficulties with a self-checkout machine). As it happens, this is a literal example — as is the case in most shoplifting arrests, she was charged with misdemeanor petty theft. Almost immediately, it became clear that fans and wrestling sites alike already had their claws out ready to defend her, seeing as she was fired for what was clearly an honest mistake while other superstars have done far worse and are still with the company. The notoriously PR-conscious WWE, seeing an oncoming wave of bad publicity and likely wanting to keep their sole Australian on the roster for an upcoming tour of the country, rehired her roughly an hour after her release was announced. However, she was released for good in late 2017 for using Twitter to complain about being underutilized on TV.
  • A really baffling case in 2014 was Brian Blaze's absence from PCW Sacred Ground: Chapter Five, where he was to be part of the Big F'N Deal vs Washington Bullets Tag Team match that was four consecutive years in the making. Neither the fans nor the staff rejected Blaze because of his legal trouble, Blaze physically couldn't make it because he was being held in prison for the past five months. Who wanted him shut away wasn't clear as the the police officer who arrested Blaze said he didn't want to and went so far as to offer to testify on Blaze's behalf in court. The witness had to be shown Blaze multiple times from multiple angles before admitting it could have been him. The court initially dismissed Blaze's lawyer but then claimed that was an accident, after Blaze had been found guilty. As Blaze had absolutely no criminal record, it would have been the perfect angle to garner sympathy for a babyface except it was a legitimate occurrence ruining Blaze's life, and rather than targeting him specifically he apparently was "just" the first scapegoat that could be found. Brian happened to resemble a wanted criminal evading police, happened to borrow a vehicle similar enough to one said criminal used in armed robbery and having someone behind bars while said criminal continued to evade capture was apparently important enough for a thorough investigation and proper court case to be deemed unnecessary. The silver lining was that Brian Blaze's merchandise sold out at Sacred Ground and his innocence was proven with the funds raised, but it was a shocking example the respect pro wrestlers no longer got from the general public. (There would have been riots if someone tried with, say, Junkyard Dog).
  • In July 2015, Hulk Hogan was released from WWE after a tape featuring him making racist comments was leaked to the public. Even more so, it was a sex tape that he was suing to try to prevent it from being released. The tape itself would eventually become this for Gawker Media, as Hogan subsequently sued the company into bankruptcy, and Univision, upon purchase of its assets, stated that all of its divisions except Gawker would continue to operate.
  • On August 31, 2015, the girlfriend of then-WWE Champion Seth Rollins, NXT Diva Zahra Schreiber, got released for "inappropriate and offensive remarks". Back in 2012, she posted pro-Nazi artwork onto her Twitter account and somebody dug it out. She tried to defend it by stating swastikas stood for "peace", but her explanation fell apart when one of the photos was a pony à la My Little Pony with a swastika armband and a handlebar mustache, clearly meant as a send-off to Hitler. Granted, she was probably still on thin ice after the nude photo scandal earlier that year when somebody posted a nude photo of her to his social media accounts (the contents of which are automatically published by and then Rollins' then-fiancee Leighla Schultz posted a nude photo of him to her twitter account. This was just it for them, seeing as she doesn't have clout or leverage that Seth does and this wasn't too far off Hogan's firing for similar reasons.
  • TNA Knockout Jessicka Havok was having a tryout match for in 2015 WWE. Things were apparently going well until fans who recognized her uncovered tweets she had made in 2011 using racist and homophobic slursnote  - and started broadcasting them online. She ultimately wasn't hired.
  • Masada of the Carnage Crew was offered a deal with TNA in April of 2016 which ended up not working out when he was arrested for stumbling around drunken in public (he slipped and hit his head), also getting company founder Jeff Jarrett in trouble by association (he was in the process of finalizing the deal with him) and Teddy Hart arrested (for having paid for Masada's alcohol, roughly 700 USD spent).
  • Titus O'Neil almost faced this as he was almost fired after he had playfully grabbed Vince during the Daniel Bryan's retirement episode. Instead he was suspended for 60 days that was originally 90.
  • Subverted with NXT Diva Aliyah. Old tweets using racial slurs were uncovered on her account. However WWE issued a statement that the tweets had been made by someone else using her account - not to mention being made when she was only seventeen - and she remained under contract.
  • Matt Sydal was busted entering Japan with marijuana stashed in his luggage in Mid 2016, Japan's strict drug laws caused NJPW to break ties with him immediately, which was a blow to them as Sydal was a third of the NEVER Openweight Six man Tag Team Champions alongside Satoshi Kojima and Ricochet, forcing them to vacate the belts. The team eventually reformed and won the titles back with Sydal's place being taken by David Finlay Jr (son of Irish 90's WCW mainstay David "Fit" Finlay). After he was charged with possession on September 29th of 2016, Sydal very publicly announced he was done with NJPW.
  • Retired wrestler "Nightmare" Ken Wayne was fired from his positions at NEW and OVW in 2016 following his conviction for possessing child porn.
  • Following a rather controversial joke about Evolve Wrestling's announcer Joanna Rose, Joey Styles was fired from his position as Evolve's commentator in November 2016. To make matters worse, he was also fired from Progress Wrestling and CHIKARA not long after, before deleting all of his social media accounts and effectively retiring from the business altogether.
  • Jimmy Jacobs was fired in October 2017 from his job with the WWE Creative Team after he put a selfie of himself posing with members of Bullet Club on his Instagram page when they "invaded" an episode of RAW, a la D-Generation X doing the same thing to WCW.
  • Rich Swann got suspended by WWE in December 10, 2017 in the middle of a push for the Cruiserweight Championship after being arrested for multiple charges involving domestic abuse and kidnapping allegations of his wife Su Yung. While these charges where dropped, Swann was released to the company in February 15, 2018 via mutual agreement on both parties.
  • The tag team of Enzo Amore and Big Cass would leave WWE under these circumstances. Enzo Amore was released from WWE and stripped of the Cruiserweight title in January 2018 after sexual assault allegations were made against him, although the firing was due to being under investigation since October and not telling the company about it until the accused victim broke her silence hours before the Raw 25th Anniversary. While she was later ruled to have made up the allegations, he wasn't hired back allegedly due to his poor backstage attitude. Meanwhile, Big Cass was released in June of the same year due to a series of incidents instigated by him, such as being publicly intoxicated during a tour, ferociously defending President Donald Trump's politics towards Muslims to Sami Zayn, a man of Syrian descent, and making unwanted advances towards his ex-girlfriend Carmella.
  • Subverted with Jim Cornette's departure from NWA Powerrr in 2019. He made a questionable joke which could be interpreted as racist and/or tasteless while doing color commentary. NWA immediately disavowed the comment, but were willing to let Cornette keep his job, provided he apologized. Cornette, however, believed that his enemies were targeting him over the remark, and that if the production crew felt it was objectionable, they would've edited the joke out during post-production, since the show was taped in advance. He refused to apologize (by hanging up on NWA Powerrr lead producer Dave Lagana during a phone call after Lagana asked him to apologize) and instead quit his role completely.
  • Michael Elgin lost his booking job for Glory Pro Wrestling and many of his North American bookings after he was accused of covering up a sexual assault allegation against a student of his and pursuing an affair with the victim (which has actually been disputed, as he apparently only told the accuser to take it to the police, while the affair happened before any allegations of sexual assault by a third party were made), as well as badmouthing fellow wrestler Jeff Cobb of Hawaii's Action Zone, California's All Pro and PWG, also known as Lucha Underground's Mantanza. Averted in New Japan, as he did manage to keep his job there.
  • Wrestling legend Arn Anderson of The Four Horsemen was fired from his job as a WWE road agent in 2019 for allegedlynote  allowing Alicia Fox to wrestle while intoxicated at a house event. He would appear on All Elite Wrestling months later.
  • After the #SpeakingOut movement reached America, Joey Ryan, Dave Crist and Michael Elgin were all fired by Impact Wrestling due to sexual assault accusations. Ryan also closed down his own wrestling promotion Bar Wrestling, and Dave Crist's brother Jake publicly distanced himself from Dave by breaking the partnership between their wrestling schools.
  • CHIKARA as an entire company was closed down in the same wave of accusations after several main wrestlers were called out, and most of the wrestlers walked out in protest of Mike Quackenbush's handling of events.


  • In January 2018, inspired by the #MeToo movement, several British female wrestlers and fans opened up about predatory behaviour from promoters and wrestlers.
    • Former owner of IPW and current owner of Spotlight Daniel Edler was discovered to have manipulated an underage trainee, sent them inappropriate messages and implicitly cooerced them into sex against their will.
    • Another girl stated that she'd been in an abusive relationship with James Davis while she was a 15 year old trainee at IPW. Progress Wrestling immediately cut all ties with him and deleted all videos featuring him from their channel.
    • Pollyanna opened up that the reason she'd mostly retired in late 2016 was to get away from a person in a position of power she'd been in an abusive relationship with.note  After seeing him backstage at a Progress event after specifically telling the company to keep them away from each other, she immediately quit the company. This person was then fired.
  • At March's end 2018, the Briscoe Brothersnote  stole a fan's Pride Flag and used it as a weapon in a match in Fight Club Pro in Manchester.note  The company changed the plans of the tournament they were booked in, jobbed them out in short order at the next event and implied they wouldn't be back.
  • Josh Bodom was fired from Revolution Pro Wrestling and blackballed into retirement after he legitimately attacked a referee when his teammate Sha Samuels forgot to kick out of a pin in the middle of the match, despite them being booked to lose anyway, which was bad enough that the referee had to retire and also take time off from his day job. Sha Samuels narrowly avoided the same fate for starting the attack with an unplanned but still worked slam, getting off with a final warning.
  • Pro Wrestling Eve co-owner Emily Read stepped down from her duties in March 2020 after a horribly worded response to a fan asking about who would be allowed into a women-only show seemed to imply she considered trans women and assigned male at birth non-binary people to be potential sex offenders. This, and people bringing up that she hadn't supported Pollyanna during the above incident (with Polly breaking her usual policy of no longer getting involved in wrestling drama to confirm her story and call Emily a fake feminist) also briefly got her and her husband Dann to delete their Twitter accounts.
  • A large amount of accusations of sexual abuse, abusive relationships, and physical assault thinly disguised as wrestling training came out in June 2020 in what became known as the "Speaking Out" movement. Notable cases included El Ligero, Jack Gallagher and Travis Banks being fired and unpersoned by WWE, and David Starr deleting all his social media and effectively retiring after admitting to rape.
  • Shortly before the #SpeakingOut movement surfaced, ties were severed with Alexander Dean in several Irish promotions after Debbie Keitel came forward with accusations of gaslighting, stalking and abuse towards her in training.
  • Inverted with Celtic Championship Wrestling owner Lee Cahalane, whose entire roster walked out on him in 2018 after multiple accusations of abuse, homophobic behavior, misogynistic treatment towards women and two attempted sexual assaults to Raven Creed (who affirms that the second happened after she'd had her drink spiked and was barely conscious).


  • Rising star Akira Maeda departed from New Japan Pro-Wrestling for full-force kicking Riki Choshu in the face during a tag team match, breaking his orbital bone and damaging his retina. Maeda and Choshu had been notorious backstage enemies up to that point, as they belonged to the shoot-style cadre and the traditionalist faction respectively, and the heat ultimately exploded in that bout, where Riki had noticeably started no-selling Maeda's attacks (and even slapping him in a clearly unscripted moment) before the kick. However, contrary to popular belief, Maeda was not fired by the incident, just suspended: the management originally tried to punish him by sending him to Mexico to learn lucha libre, the biggest humiliation for a shoot-style wrestler, and Maeda chose to resign with his entire group instead. It was even rumored that Maeda and company were already thinking on leaving and that he only attacked Choshu as a "parting gift" to their greatest enemy. However, Maeda and the match's referee have consistently denied the kick was a deliberate attack, claiming instead that the injury was Choshu's fault for not turning his head at Maeda's cue (tapping his back) when he was going to throw a stiff kick.
  • In 1987, judo medalist turned joshi wrestler Shinobu Kandori lost her place in Japan Women's Pro Wrestling due to her real life feud with Jackie Sato. Their enmity started when Sato gave Kandori a real eye injury during a match, after which Kandori criticized her as a sloppy worker. In revenge, Sato shot on her on July 6, attacking deliberately her still healing eye, without being punished by the company afterwards. Angry and feeling the JWP board was deliberately screwing her, Kandori threatened Sato with beating the crap out of her the next time they wrestled, and true to her word, she brutalized Jackie on July 18, giving her injuries serious enough to force her to retire. Kandori then walked out voluntarily of the promotion, but it would took years for her to return to wrestling full time due to getting essentially blacklisted.
  • Former grand sumo champion Koji Kitao was expelled from NJPW in 1990 for engaging in a verbal fight with Choshu, a backstage troublemaker himself, only with better connections. Choshu had criticized Kitao's shoddy in-ring work and told him not to use moves he had not sufficently trained, which Kitao answered by challenging him to a real fight and calling him an ethnic slur (as Choshu is Korean), and this only got Kitao fired.
  • The previous incident would not be Kitao's last point on this list, as his unruly behavior continued in Super World of Sports. After hearing he would be booked to lose to John Tenta, a wrestler from a lower sumo background, Kitao became irate, as he considered improper than a grand champion like him should lose a match against an unworthy sumo like Tenta. As Kitao was already unpopular backstage, this attracted the attention of booker Great Kabuki, who secretly advised Tenta to provoke Kitao in the hopes of causing some incident to get him expelled. The plan went as expected, and when they came to the ring, Kitao was uncooperative with Tenta, attacked the referee, and ultimately stormed out, but not before grabbing a mic and telling the entire audience that pro wrestling was fake and that Tenta could never beat him for real. The incident took down Kitao's job, The Great Kabuki's booker role, and ultimately SWS itself.
  • Dragon Gate's Aagan Iisou remains one of the most shocking examples of this trope, as it was an entire stable which got fulminantly fired when it was at the peak of its popularity (and it was probably the hottest stable in the promotion at its time!) for reasons that have never been clarified other than unspecified behavior troubles. The most popular rumor is that its member YASSHI did something in a party that offended a Gaora TV executive, which endangered DG's entire TV deal and angered the promotion's management enough to fire the entire gang. Another rumor, not incompatible with the previous, is that its leader Kondo and other members mistreated Naoki Tanizaki, the lowest ranked DG wrestler, to vent their frustration with their booking. And a final theory, which is again not entirely incompatible with the others, is that the entire group actually resigned together in order to try luck in another promotion while they were still popular, with the firing story being actually a coverup by DG to avoid the embarrassment of having let go one of their key factions.
  • A peculiarity connected to the previous case is that when announcing that Aagan Iisou had all been fired, Dragon Gate executives threatened CIMA, Masaaki Mochizuki and Magnum TOKYO by name, stating that if certain aspects of their behavior didn't improve they too would be fired. Again, this isn't incompatible with the various theories about Aagan Iisou's dismissal, as Dragon Gate and Toryumon before it had a notorious issue with backstage hazing and the firing could have been (among other things) a warning shot across the bow for the entire promotion.
  • Sometimes wrestler, sometimes booker NOSAWA Rongai was fired from All Japan Pro Wrestling in 2011 after attacking a taxi driver, stealing the car and driving it without a license, all while thoroughly drunk. This hit to his reputation no doubt "helped" the later Sugi incident.
  • The same year, AJPW fired TARU as well after he confessed having fought Super Hate backstage just before the latter fainted on the ring and was diagnosed an acute subdural hematoma. Apparently, the thing started when TARU, Hate's stablemaster, decided to berate him for slacking off, drinking too much and setting a bad example for younger wrestlers (and those accusations weren't baseless, as it was known that Hate had actually wrestled at least one previous match while dangerously inebriated). However, the discussion eventually turned into a fight, and TARU, a real life martial artist, savagely beat Hate down in front of the rest of the stable until referee Kyohei Wada stopped it. This might have ended as yet another puroresu shenanigan, but it happened that Hate had been hospitalized a week earlier by a chair shot to the head given by Kenzo Suzuki, so the beatdown and his own refusal to take time to heal only accelerated things. After Hate suffered a subdural hematoma, TARU was fired and fined for the incident, and the scandal also took with it his entire stable storyline and the role of Keiji Mutoh as AJPW's president. Later TARU made amends with Hate when he recovered, but Hate is still to be cleared out for his return to the rings, while TARU remains barred from wrestling in AJPW (he did two special appearances in 2015, the first one being in Giant Baba's anniversary event, but management apparently had to be pressed to include him).
  • Famed Japanese high-flyer Takuya Sugi had his career halted in 2012 after taking part in the NOSAWA drug scandal, in which he planted marijuana in NOSAWA Rongai's baggages to get him in jail in exchange for a full time contract with Mexican promotion AAA. This is a particularly ugly example not only due to its nasty nature, but also because Sugi himself was the one who revealed his own role in the incident out of guilt, and not any less because the AAA executive who proposed him the treat, Masahiro Hayashi, went seemingly unpunished for his part (fellow AAA wrestler Konnan would even claim that Sugi was all but blackmailed to execute his plan). Sugi would return to the ring in Japan, but it wouldn't be until three years later that he didn't use very covert identities while doing so, and he didn't seem to have a full-fledged return unil 2017.
  • Pro Wrestling NOAH general manager Ryu Nakata was publicly demoted in response to reports that NOAH's management were working with a yakuza company. This gesture was not enough to save NOAH's television deal.
  • Japanese junior heavyweight legend Koji Kanemoto was fired and blacklisted from WRESTLE-1 in 2014 when he got into a fight with a fan after a match, causing a brawl that needed the police to be shut down. According to Kanemoto, the fan became angry and attacked Koji when the latter didn't want to sign an autograph for him.
  • Taichi Ishikari from NJPW got caught cheating with his wife in 2014, which became a news scandal and an embarrassment for the company. This example ended up subverted, as Ishikari ended up not being fired and only being punished with a pay cut, but the possibility of him forcefully retiring from pro wrestling was entertained at one point.
  • Yoshiko was suspended indefinitely from Wonder Ring STARDOM for going into business for herself and attacking Act Yasukawa for real during their Feb. 22, 2015 match, beating Yasukawa to a bloody pulp, breaking her nose, cheek and orbital bone around her surgically repaired eye, forcing her to retire from the in-ring action shortly thereafter. The incident's effects weren't as fulminant as expected, though: Yasukawa made a brief return to help STARDOM's first USA tour and pass the the torch to Kairi Hojo, while Yoshiko was admitted in Nanae Takahashi's promotion shortly after and also had a brief Mixed Martial Arts career capitalizing on her reputation.
  • At the end of 2016, when the Dragon Gate wrestlers address the fans and thank them for their support, Kenichiro Arai cut a rather salty (and presumably off-script) promo where he complained about how rarely he was booked in Dragon Gate events and claimed he was tired of being forced to wrestle in other promotions. From that point, although Arai remained officially signed with DG, he passed almost three years without being booked a single time in the promotion, leading people to think the executives became irritated by the act and punished him by worsening his situation. Arai started appearing in DG again in June 2019, though just as sporadically as he did before the promo.
  • On May 13th 2018, Ayako Hamada's contract with WAVE was terminated and she vacated the Sendai Girls Pro Wrestling World Title belt after being arrested by police for hallucinating from the affects of snorted kakuseizei (a stimulant drug, similar to methamphetamine).
  • In November 2018, TAKA Michinoku was sacked from Kaientai Dojo, the promotion he had founded and directed since 2002, after it was revealed he had an extramarital affair that lasted eight years. In the wake of this, they renamed themselves Active Advance Pro Wrestling and changed the color scheme to distance themselves from their founder.

Mexico and Puerto Rico

  • CMLL stripped Reina Jubuki of its World Women's title in 1995 after she used their willingness to let her compete elsewhere without her mask to fill two slots in the WCW Monday Nitro Womens title tournament with the Jubuki gimmick and as Akira Hokuto. Worse for Hokuto, WCW didn't have nearly as much interest as CMLL in actually doing anything with its women's title. (An alternate view is that CMLL was more displeased with WCW's AAA deal than anything Hokuto did herself)
  • La Tigresa's five year reign as WWC women's champion ended in 1998 after she was arrested for trying to smuggle heroin into the Puerto Rico State Penitentiary.
  • Juventud Guerrera was fired from WWE apparently because dancing on a car while high in 2006 was bad for their publicity and by AAA in 2009 after getting in a locker room fight when he found someone had taken a dump in his bagnote . AAA did take him back though, because it was easy to understand why he did so.
  • Dr. Wagner Jr and L.A. Park were fired by CMLL after their 75th Anniversary show in September of 2008 for going overboard during their match, though Wagner claimed it was due him criticizing CMLL in the press and lead a 200 man protest march for everyone who felt mistreated by their bosses. Seven years later, both were advertised for CMLL's 82nd Anniversary show in September of 2015 and were an important part of the build up to it but L.A. Park ended up being removed from the card and fired after using what CMLL deemed excessive profanity during a promo which consisted of him insulting the arena Mexico fans (such blatant Cheap Heat on their property is against CMLL's policy).
  • In May 2017, Maximo Sexy, La Mascara and Robin were kicked out of CMLL after a video surfaced online of them trashing Ultimo Guerrero's sports car with Psycho Clown in retaliation for him saying that the position of Head of the Wrestler's Union should be decided by vote, not handed to another member of the Alvarado family just because the recently deceased Brazo de Oro was previous head.
  • In 2017, AAA stripped perennial Reina De Reinas Taya Valkyrie of her title belt for not showing up to defend it on a show she hadn't been scheduled to appear on.note  This lead to her real life and on screen fiancee Johnny Mundo storming out in protest after being tricked into handing them her belt "for a photoshoot". Although AAA continued to keep putting him on shows, it was over a year before AAA booked Valkyrie again, her seeming disinterest in returning possibly being a factor, and over two years before she was in the title picture again.
  • Sexy Star found herself blacklisted from several wrestling promotions in 2017 after an incident where she applied a legitimate armbar submission to Rosemary at the end of a match - with the apparent intention of hurting her. At the time she held AAA's Reina de Reinas title belt and was immediately stripped of it. A statement where she refused to apologize and was accused of Victim Blaming didn't help matters either. She's since hung up her mask and started appearing in small time promotions as "Sexy Dulce", but another incident where she started a fight with an opponent mid matchnote  have made sure all the major promotions still won't go near her with a 40 foot pole.


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