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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sources: LiveLeak, TMZ, Wrestling News World, Wrestling Inc.
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