WWE Superstars – The bright lights and the grand stages that make up a World Wrestling Entertainment presentation are a sight to behold. Ever since Vince McMahon launched the company straight into the mainstream in 1985 with the first ever WrestleMania the spectacle known as WWE has continued to grow year after year into a phenomenon of epic proportions, with larger than life personalities competing in over the top battles for brief moments of glory and fictitious championship titles.
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As longtime fans of such an outrageous form of entertainment, many of us tend to forget that not every viewer is able to see past the glitz and the glamour of a sports entertainment program and fathom that many of these men and women are not the “set for life” megastars they are presented to be.
Casual or newer fans of professional wrestling, for instance, may not be aware that many of the greatest WWE Superstars of all time, like “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair and Hulk Hogan have fallen on hard times themselves.
Even the buckets of money WWE is perceived to be paying its employees does not prevent the bank accounts from running dry for these usually well paid athletes.
Sometimes bad investments are made and the money seems to vanish within the blink of an eye, or maybe an individual simply spent it all in one place without a backup plan. Whatever the case, there have been quite a few pro wrestlers who have lost it all financially, so let’s take a look at just who some of these irresponsible spendthrifts are.
13. Jake “The Snake” Roberts
Few former professional wrestlers have the reputation of substance abuse and legal woes that Jake “The Snake” Roberts has. Roberts was one of the most talented and valuable stars on the World Wrestling Federation’s roster at one point in time, something of a precursor to Bray Wyatt with his eerily silent promos and superb in ring work.
Roberts never won any Championships during his time with WWE, but he certainly left his mark and his influence saw him recently inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
As stated, Jake Roberts has perhaps had the worst history with alcohol of any pro wrestler. He has been very embarrassingly intoxicated in public and has gotten himself into plenty of trouble.
Roberts wasted away his entire wrestling fortune and although he has been on good terms with WWE following his Hall of Fame induction and has been trying to get his life back together with the assistance of DDP Yoga, it would seem he is still stuck with his financial woes.