The subject of marijuana in pro wrestling is quite interesting. Wrestlers are discouraged from using drugs in WWE and most other noteworthy wrestling promotions. It all comes back to the discussion in society on if marijuana should be classified as a drug. WWE adopts a rule that fines wrestlers that test positive for using weed, but it does not result in a suspension. Other more extreme drugs count as a violation of the wellness policy leading to a thirty day suspension. The use of marijuana has its benefits to many people, including those working a rough schedule in the wrestling industry.
Pot helps deal with pain that comes from the difficult job, and can help one become more relaxed to deal with the stress. Many wrestlers have indulged in using the popular plant. Some have had highly publicized histories with using marijuana and others are flat out proud of their use of it. Those tied strongly to the world of marijuana have developed the reputations of being potheads. We’ll look at all the incidents through the years that have led to these specific names becoming known for their use of weed. These are the top fifteen biggest potheads in the history of pro wrestling.
15. Hulk Hogan
Hulk Hogan is arguably the biggest star in wrestling history. WWE’s boom period in the 80s led them to the mainstream world with Hogan as the face of the company. Hogan definitely dabbled in drugs and has admitted to using steroids during his wrestling career to no one’s surprise. The popular belief is Hogan also was a huge user of marijuana for many years. Hogan’s rival The Ultimate Warrior confirmed Hulkamania was fuelled with a frequent hobby of smoking pot.
Warrior claims Hogan would use marijuana every day with the belief of a day without weed was like a day without sunshine. The free time of Hogan would be spent partying on the beach, and it makes all the sense in the world that he would enjoy pot on his off days. Hogan is not vocal about his marijuana use, but it is more than likely he still he partakes in it. Just listen to the dialect of how he speaks, and tell me this man isn’t a pothead.
14. Jack Swagger
Very few people remember Jack Swagger when it comes to the biggest potheads in pro wrestling. To be fair, most forget anything associated with Swagger these days. WWE believed he could have blossomed into a bigger star for the company but never lived up to his potential. Despite being pretty good in the ring, Swagger lacked the personality to connect with the WWE fan base. Perhaps he would have been better off pushing his personal hobbies.
Swagger was arrested in 2013 for a DUI and possession of marijuana. This happened to be around one of the biggest pushes of his career. A world title shot against Alberto Del Rio at WrestleMania 29 was on the line. Luckily for Swagger, WWE didn’t suspend or remove him from the match. Swagger risked it all at the worst of times driving while high. You have to strongly love marijuana for such an incident to occur.
Everyone remembers MVP for being one of the biggest standout stars on the Smackdown brand during the former brand split. The debut of MVP made him a star instantly with the entertaining gimmick of an entitled athlete. MVP scored big time by getting the honor of living his dream for many years as a fixture on WWE television. There was just one big drawback. MVP admitted in an interview that he very much enjoys marijuana.
WWE’s fines for testing positive for weed meant he was forced to cut down on using it. MVP claims he only left WWE to try his luck in New Japan, but we would love to believe his love of marijuana played a factor. On his podcast, MVP has made reference to still smoking weed and shows no sign of stopping it any time soon. MVP recently turned down a chance to return to WWE following the brand split. Maybe he just didn’t want to continue paying fines associated with using marijuana.
12. Teddy Hart
Teddy Hart is most known for being the nephew of Bret Hart and screwing up every opportunity he has received in wrestling. The athleticism and personality of Teddy made him a valued commodity. Hart was one of the youngest WWE signees in company history. WWE hoped to harness his talent in developmental but he would drop the ball every single time he was called upon. Hart had many issues throughout his career. His attitude rubbed his peers the wrong way, and he would get blacklisted from most promotions.
While he has dabbled in experimenting with many drugs, Hart is only proud of his marijuana use. Teddy claimed it helps keep him centered and relieves his stress. The fact that he travels around with his trained cat Mr. Money to wrestling shows is proof enough to know Hart uses weed very often. Only a baked wrestler would decide to have his cat become part of his act.
11. The Godfather
Most of the marijuana users on this list don’t go public with their love of marijuana, but The Godfather is one that spoke on it often. It became a regular thing during his promos for Godfather to reference “smoking a fatty” every week. The Attitude Era allowed things like that to fly under the radar due to society being more adult oriented. Godfather referenced his use of pot while portraying the character of a pimp with his “hos” coming to the ring with him.
The personal life of Godfather followed his promos of using pot. Godfather admitted he enjoyed getting high in his free time in various interviews. Many folks are extremely jealous knowing Godfather got paid to walk around with stunning models, dance around and talk about loving weed every week. The Attitude Era truly gave dream jobs to many performers. Godfather makes the list of the most enthusiastic potheads in wrestling history.
Another retired wrestler makes the list. Konnan made his name in North America during his WCW tenure. The Mexican wrestling legend made the jump to the United States and helped get many of the other luchadors jobs in the company as well. Konnan had a loud personality and still keeps his voice out there. The Talk Is Jericho network recently hired Konnan to host his podcast called Keepin’ It 100.
One of the staples of his podcast is him getting high while interview wrestlers. It makes for hilarious content, and you have to appreciate his unapologetic love of smoking weed. Konnan claims he did it during his time in WCW. The veteran has never broken the habit and loves it too much to quit it. Rey Mysterio once shared a photo on Instagram of Konnan getting escorted out of an NFL stadium for toking up in public. That’s true love for marijuana.
9. Jeff Hardy
The career of Jeff Hardy is legendary, but it could have been much more. Hardy had the special “it factor” needed to connect with fans. People loved Hardy and supported him with all of their heart. Unfortunately for Hardy and his fans, his personal demons got the better of him. The daredevil struggled with addiction to various drugs and alcohol. Hardy dabbled in the use of marijuana to add to the list of his drug.
Everyone rooted for Hardy to overcome his issues, but most of his struggles would last for many years. Jeff once came to the ring under the influence during a match with Sting that humiliated all parties involved. There was never any clarification if he did hard drugs, alcohol or marijuana on that night. Regardless, weed was one of the many indulges of Hardy before he turned his life around. The harder drugs were cut out of Hardy’s life, but we have no idea if his 420 ways are still kicking.
8. Brian Kendrick
The return of Brian Kendrick in WWE for the Cruiserweight Classic tournament has us all fondly remembering how excellent he was. Kendrick had a great run with tag team partner Paul London, and an interesting singles push with “The Brian Kendrick” character. The in-ring work was spectacular with a world of personality to back it up. One of the downfalls for Kendrick was his love of marijuana. Rumors swirled that he was one of the many to pay fines for getting high.
Kendrick spent years on the independent wrestling scene in between his WWE stints. It is believed that he quit marijuana a few years to clean up his act in hopes of having another run. The CWC opened up the spot for him. Kendrick is going to become a member of the Raw roster with the cruiserweight division coming back full time. The past use of marijuana will always stick with him. Highspots VOD recorded him stoned in various interviews, including one where he discussed his standpoint on various conspiracy theories.
7. Paul London
Brian Kendrick’s partner Paul London joins him on the list as another legendary pothead in wrestling history. London was one of the original ROH stars but signed with WWE in a time when the company wasn’t ready to push smaller guys. CM Punk, Daniel Bryan and many others broke down the door, but London just missed out on it. WWE used him in tag team and cruiserweight work for many years before letting him go.
London went on a rampage insulting many of his former peers such as Matt Hardy, The Undertaker and Triple H. Shoot interviews featured London smoking pot and discussing his past life in WWE. The production was highly entertaining with London letting it all out while high. London has made various tweets stating his beliefs that marijuana should be legal, so he likely still strongly enjoys using it. The fact that he has no interest at all in ever returning to WWE, and that could mean he won’t stop quitting weed.
The history of ECW revolves around many dangerous things, including rampant use of drugs. Sabu is one of the sadder stories. The legend saw his body fall apart with not enough financial successes to warrant the negative effects. Today, Sabu has a GoFundMe page hoping fans will donate enough money to help him get hip surgery. Many drugs have been used by Sabu in his life, but the one he proudly discusses is marijuana.
Sabu and Rob Van Dam were known for being the biggest potheads in the 90s. ECW allowed them to use it as part of their gimmicks as one of the better tag teams. Sabu still smokes pot to this day with no regret. The use of marijuana is more understood with a wrestler like Sabu. He pulled off dangerous moves on a nightly basis. The amount of pain he has undergone in his career likely is the main reason he is such a huge supporter of weed.
5. Randy Orton
As arguably the most high profile name on the list, Randy Orton has given WWE headaches with his use of marijuana. One of Orton’s early suspensions is rumored to have come from smoking weed backstage during a time period WWE cracked down on all illegal drugs. Since then, WWE has changed their ruling to fines for pot instead of suspension. Orton has been busted for other drugs and developed a reputation of having bad attitude in his career, so his love of weed doesn’t seem that bad in comparison.
The Viper is quite blunt and doesn’t necessarily care what anyone thinks about him. Orton has replied to tweets asking about his weed jokes with funny responses basically confirming it. The very well paid star has more than enough money to pay off the fines that comes with smoking weed in WWE. Most employees in WWE walk on eggshells, but Orton seems to take pride in his reputation as a pothead.
X-Pac was one of the biggest potheads of his time. Aside from Triple H, the Kliq did various drugs and weed was absolutely one of them. X-Pac continued to use marijuana for many years with great pride. If you were an Attitude Era fan, you can remember him saying the line “your ass is grass and I’m going to smoke it” as an obvious reference to marijuana. Fans enjoyed that sort of content at the time allowing X-Pac to get away with it.
The post-wrestling career of X-Pac has seen him discuss his beliefs on social media. X-Pac has gone on the record of strongly believing marijuana should be legal in all fifty states. Despite his strong opinions, he claims he doesn’t partake in it anymore due to his old age. X-Pac regrets all of the drugs he did in his younger years but excludes marijuana from that list. He’ll always go down as a legendary weed enthusiast.
3. Val Venis
The life of Val Venis is synonymous with two things – pro wrestling and weed. Venis portrayed a porn star character during the Attitude Era and stood out as one of the more entertaining midcarders. WWE employed him for many years until wrestling career went out with a whimper. The overall body of work of Val impressed at times but lacked the special connectivity to get to the top of the card.
Venis’ other life today has become one of the biggest marijuana supporters in the world. He believes in it strongly enough to adopt the moniker Kaptain Kannabis. The Kaptain shares his strong belief that marijuana needs to be legal everywhere. Venis calls out WWE and other corporations for fining or punishing anyone that chooses to use weed. The official Kaptain Kannabis store sells various forms of merchandise with marijuana leaves on the clothing items. Venis has a brand dedicated to his love of pot and hopes to become the face of weed in pro wrestling.
2. Matt Sydal
A love for marijuana may have caused the demise of Matt Sydal’s WWE career. Under the name of Evan Bourne, he had an impressive run as one of the best high fliers in the business. Bourne could have been something special, but WWE wasn’t ready for a talent of his smaller stature to be a big star. The midcard reign still provided great moments until a couple of poor decisions were stemmed from his love of weed.
Bourne was apparently fed up with the rules of having to pay fines for using pot, and turned to an artificial alternative. This led to two wellness policy violations back to back for suspensions both times. Sydal would suffer an injury during his suspensions and never returned to WWE television. Today, he is one of the best wrestlers in the world with impressive matches in New Japan, ROH and PWG. Sydal is very vocal about his adoration of marijuana and loves being able to use it freely today outside of WWE.
1. Rob Van Dam
There could only be one man to take the top spot on this list, and it has to be Rob Van Dam. The ECW legend made his love of marijuana part of his presence. When you think of RVD, the five star frog splash and marijuana are the two things most commonly associated. Everyone knew Van Dam was a huge pothead due to him bringing it up in promos and flat out looking stoned during many of his promos.
Fans brought “RVD 4:20” signs to ECW events for a few years, and it was the extreme version of WWE’s Austin 3:16. Van Dam couldn’t talk about it as much as he’d want during his WWE career but enjoyed the freedom after leaving the company. RVD has become a supporter of various organizations trying to get marijuana legalized. Forget about wrestling. Van Dam is one of the most popular names of any celebrity that can be considered a legendary pothead.
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