Pro wrestlers like to party. Vince McMahon likes to paint the narrative that his wrestlers spend all their time training, meeting fans, and playing video games, but the fact the WWE Wellness Policy needs to exist is proof a few of them would be doing something else if they had the chance. A few of them just ignore it and do whatever drugs they want anyway, and for plenty of wrestlers, that drug of choice is marijuana. Especially ten or twenty years ago before the Wellness Policy existed, wrestlers loved to get high as often as possible, and quite a few even bragged about it on TV. In fact, marijuana wasn’t even directly covered in the original Wellness Policy, although it has been speculated as a justification for drug related punishments and firings.
This isn’t a list about which wrestlers did the most drugs in general, but rather its specifically focused on those who rock the ganga. Some may have given up the habit as they got older, but all of these wrestlers were once well known for their love of smoking weed. A few of them only grew to love weed more and more after retirement, spitting in the face of the detractors of the so-called drug that’s increasingly becoming decriminalized across the United States. Read on to learn which 15 wrestlers are happiest about decriminalization with our list of pro wrestling’s biggest stoners.
15. Randy Orton
12-time WWE World Champion Randy Orton isn’t exactly the poster boy for the WWE Wellness Policy, considering he’s amassed quite a few violations and always gets a slap on the wrist for his rule-breaking behavior thanks to his high placement in the company. His first official suspension was in 2006 due to “unprofessional conduct,” and he was suspended again in 2012, this time for flagrantly throwing caution to the wind by rolling up a joint and smoking it while backstage during a taping of SmackDown. Plenty of other superstars were caught smoking while employed by WWE, but it’s been a few years since wrestlers had the brass to do so during a WWE TV taping, so we almost need to give the Viper a little bit of credit for this one.
14. Evan Bourne
People get worked up in the comments section of lists like this for the times we cheat and include people through caveats, so we’ll be upfront about this one—Evan Bourne isn’t a real stoner. He’s a synthetic stoner. Well, he may have been a real stoner at one point, but according to Air Bourne, he got hooked on the synthetic stuff sometime around 2012 in an attempt to bypass WWE’s drug testing. It didn’t exactly work, since synthetic weed is just as bad or maybe even worse in their eyes, and Bourne ended up nailed with two Wellness Program violations in the span of about three months. Bourne unfortunately broke his foot in a car accident shortly thereafter, and chances are he was begging for some herbal pain relief, although he claims to have quit smoking after his second suspension.
13. Brian Kendrick
The Wellness Policy has now expanded to include some kind of action for virtually every drug under the sun, but when it first existed, marijuana was a pretty dicey subject. WWE acknowledged it isn’t exactly as harmful as steroids or other illegal drugs, and certain superstars, like Brian Kendrick, even lived in states like California where marijuana is decriminalized, and are able to legally smoke. Irrelevant to the Wellness Policy, though, WWE has always been able to fine performers who were caught smoking or with weed, which is how Kendrick amassed a small fortune in fines during his time with the company. When he was released for the first time in 2009, he publicly accused John Laurinaitis of refusing to tell him why he was let go, theorizing it must have been the “pot fines.”
Just like Brian Kendrick, MVP was a midcard performer always on the verge of the main event in WWE, and it’s possible his constant and unabashed pot use is what prevented him from breaking through to the top. In various interviews with popular radio shock jocks Opie & Anthony, MVP claimed to be constantly smoking weed during his time in WWE, but as the Wellness Policy grew more strict and the fines for getting caught with weed grew heavier and heavier he was forced to gradually cut back. MVP left WWE in 2010 and has since had a decently successful career in Japan and independent promotions, and probably appreciates the freedom to light up whenever he so choses.
11. Booker T
There’s less concrete evidence for this one, but there’s no denying Booker T liked to smoke weed during some point in his life. He brags about how he lifted himself up from life on the streets and in prison to become a positive role model for young wrestling fans, but apparently he never put down the bong during the transition. In 2007, Booker was suspended by WWE for allegedly violating the Wellness Policy, which he vehemently denied at the time and to this day. Booker and his wife Sharmell ultimately quit WWE over the incident. Many speculated at the time this was due to Booker’s love of marijuana, and a disagreement between him and management as to whether or not it should be considered a drug. The truth of the story is unclear, but Booker’s image as a fun loving potential smoker only added fuel to the fire. What is clear is that Booker attended HempCon 2010 with Rob Van Dam, so in the very least, he definitely belongs on this list.
10. Jack Swagger
In 2013, former World Champion Jack Swagger became the next in line in the list of wrestlers arrested for a DUI. To make matters worse, police searched Swagger’s car and found that the All-American was in possession of marijuana. Swagger was teaming with Zeb Colter and The Real Americans at the time, and a clever WWE crowd used the timely arrest to chant “Weed The People” during Swagger’s appearances after the arrest. Swagger has only been rapidly descending down the ranks of WWE since his initial World Title win, and incidents like this one show he may never rise back to the top, but at least he’ll be chill down at the bottom.
9. Rick Rude
When people think of legendary wrestler “Ravishing” Rick Rude, they probably think of his feuds with Sting, The Ultimate Warrior and Jake Roberts, or maybe they can’t help but fawn over arguably the best physique in wrestling history. What they probably don’t realize is that Rude was constantly smoking like a chimney, both cigarettes and marijuana, while he was in the process of creating that legendary physique during marathon working sessions. Friends and contemporaries “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and “Diamond” Dallas Page have both told stories about Rude’s apparently legendary marijuana consumption, with Austin claiming Rude would calmly lecture him against drinking and using bad language while at the same time rolling gigantic joints for himself. Simply ravishing.
Homicidal, suicidal, and genocidal aren’t the first three words to come to mind when you think about stoners, but Sabu isn’t a typical person in any sense of the word. Sabu was famously arrested in 2006 while in possession of weed and a variety of painkillers with Rob Van Dam, and more on that later, but there’s more to the Sabu marijuana experience to consider than just that one drug bust. Sabu is actually such a hardcore smoker than when tasked with the first ever YouShoot Roll-A-Joint competition, Sabu set a tough time to beat by crafting a joint in less than 20 seconds. The record stood for some time, but was eventually beaten by another wrestler who apparently smokes even more…
When Kayfabe Commentaries debuted the YouShoot Roll-A-Joint challenge, they probably thought they were making a one-off joke for Sabu to brag about to the boys, but no one expected X-Pac to come along and shatter the record. Sabu rolled a joint in an impressive 19.2 seconds, but X-Pac accomplished the feat in only 18 seconds. Not only did he do it faster, X-Pac rolled his joint more casually, showing this is something he was probably doing literally every day. It’s not like he was smoking it all by himself, though, since almost all of his friends seemed to partake as well. For example…
6. Road Dogg
Not only did X-Pac regularly smoke weed with his DX buddy the Road Dogg, a famous WWE legend claims they once did so with Ben Stiller while backstage at Raw. This story comes from notoriously controversial former WWE writer Vince Russo, but there’s not really any reason to deny it, since Road Dogg was pretty open about how much weed he smoked while on screen, so it’s not a huge stretch to think he kept up the habit behind the scenes as well. Road Dogg has claimed he smoked weed since high school, and fan stories from the Attitude Era (although arguably as dubious as Russo) allege Road Dogg would occasionally spend all day smoking with his adoring public before heading to the arena. Marijuana was also a blatant part of his gimmick, with the phrase “roll the dog a bone” appearing on his ring gear.
5. Kevin Nash
Kevin Nash has always had a reputation as a bad ass, but deep down people could also always tell he’s a fun loving party animal at his core. This is why it’s no surprise he’s a fan of marijuana and has been all his life, but recently, he’s actually begun campaigning for athletes to start using the drug. When interviewed by TMZ Sports in 2015, Nash spoke out against the state of Florida, where he lives, for failing to legalize medical marijuana. Nash also openly stated he felt pot was much more beneficial to athletes and himself specifically in favor of oxycontins or other easy to abuse painkillers. And Nash would know a lot about those painkillers, considering who his best friend to smoke weed with has always been…
4. Scott Hall
Scott Hall is in many ways the preeminent cautionary tale of the wrestling industry. It looks like he’s finally making progress with his demons now that he’s getting help from “Diamond” Dallas Page and his other friends, but for a long time, no one in the wrestling industry did drugs quite like Scott Hall. Of course, this included weed, and while those other drugs came close to destroying him, weed was the foundation of some of his longest lasting friendships. The nature of an addict means Hall probably should stay away from all temptations entirely at this point, but his good buddy Nash has gone on record to say the friendship began because he and Hall traveled together in WCW at a time when both were smoking lots of pot. Outside of Triple H, the other members of the Kliq loved to partake as well, and in fact Nash claimed he and Hall were high for the first time in years during the infamous Curtain Call at Madison Square Garden.
3. Val Venis
Val Venis may not have been the first wrestler to pop in mind reading a list like this, but if you heard the name he’s been going by lately it’s pretty obvious why he’s right near the top. These days the former WWE Intercontinental, Tag Team, and European Champion is better known by the name Kaptain Kannabis, and is both a vlogger seeking the expansion of legalized marijuana and the owner of his own legal medicinal marijuana dispensary in Arizona. Venis has gone on record to say he believes marijuana saved his life by protecting him from the potential painkiller abuse many wrestlers face later in life. Maybe it shouldn’t have been too surprising though, considering one of Val’s favorite tag team partners…
2. The Godfather
WWE may have recently inducted The Godfather into the Hall of Fame, but given their current PG standards, it’s unlikely he’ll be saying his full catchphrase any time soon. During the Attitude Era, quite a few wrestlers had long opening spiels they included before every match. Other popular examples included The New Age Outlaws or Konnan in WCW, and while we already covered the fact Road Dogg might’ve been high during his intro, he didn’t refer to it as blatantly as The Godfather did. No, Godfather wasn’t necessarily smoking himself, but he did implore his fans to “Roll up a fatty for their pimp daddy, light that bitch up and say pimpin’ ain’t easy.” He wasn’t saying he was going to beat Viscera with a Small Package later—he was telling everyone to smoke some weed, and chances are plenty of his fans took him up on the offer. And the biggest fan of all?
1. Rob Van Dam
Some of the wrestlers on this list might have smoked more weed than RVD, but he’s the only one who turned his habit into a main event gimmick, so he needs to be number one on the list. Every fan of ECW knew he was a stoner, because RVD himself told them every time he was on TV—nobody gets higher than Rob Van Dam. The Godfather told his fans to smoke, but RVD was bragging about lighting up in the locker room before his matches, and crowds loved it.
The references became far less overt when RVD started working full time for WWE, but when he was in ECW smoking weed was as much part of his gimmick as it was his real life. And his real life smoking affected him in WWE, too—getting busted for possession of marijuana and a variety of painkillers with Sabu in 2006 is what ended the biggest push of RVD’s career, causing him to lose the WWE and ECW World Titles in less than two nights. Looking back on it, Rob doesn’t seem to have too many regrets. That shouldn’t be too surprising, considering that in the industry where the biggest catchphrase in the world was Austin 3:16, RVD 420 meant “I just smoked your ass.”