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No laughing matter: Brian Lawler was arrested Friday for the second time this year by Jackson Police.

No laughing matter: Brian Lawler was arrested Friday for the second time this year by Jackson Police.


Following up on my April 15 post, Brian Lawler was arrested in the early morning hours of Friday, June 26, for public intoxication at a Circle K in Jackson, Tenn. (In my experiences, convenience stores at 3 a.m. only mean trouble.) The Jackson Sun printed the following excerpts from the police report:

Officers were dispatched about 2:45 a.m. Friday to a Circle K store at 1831 U.S. 45 Bypass in reference to an intoxicated person. When officers arrived, they found Brian Lawler, who “was very unsteady on his feet” and had “slurred speech.” Once he was taken into custody, Brian Lawler “became very belligerent,” cursed at an officer and told the officer that once the handcuffs were taken off him, he was going to rip the officer’s head off. The report said Brian Lawler “was taken into custody for his own safety due to his high level of intoxication.”

I was informed that this was Brian’s second incident in the area in as many weeks, as he supposedly was recently hitting on a girl at a Jackson bar, which ticked off her boyfriend, who happened to be an MMA fighter. (Apparently, there’s a regionally based MMA league in the Jackson area—which sounds like the perfect backdrop for a Will Ferrell movie.) The two brawled outside the bar, knocking over motorcycles parked outside the establishment. When the bikers came out, the MMA guys at the bar stooged Brian off, and they beat up him up. Brian was previously arrested by Jackson Police in February for disorderly conduct.

One mutual friend who knows Brian and me says, “It is beyond sad how things are turning out for him and you saw what happened when they tried getting him help.” Another mutual friend says: “My main question for Brian is ‘Where is the bottom for you?’ After losing countless thousands of dollars, your wife, your son, your career, etc., at what point do you realize that maybe you’re not behaving normally? Unfortunately, for some people, the bottom is when the undertaker puts the shovel down. I hope that’s not the path BC takes.”

I was told that Brian was confident that he would be rehired by WWE when meeting with John Laurinaitis at the recent SMACKDOWN! taping in Memphis. Laurinaitis instead reportedly politely brushed him off, claiming he had to speak with Vince McMahon before hiring anyone. I hear Brian didn’t do himself any favors showing up at the tapings in a T-shirt with the neck cut out and jeans with GMS (Grand Master Sexxay) printed on them.

A lot of the boys have trouble adjusting to life after stardom, and, like many of them, Brian’s problems are compounded by his apparent addictions. Emotionally, it’s clear that he hasn’t come to grips that his career on the big stage is likely over at age 37. WWE is not interested in wrestlers in their late 30s, especially one with his problems.

With his reputation for absorbing tremendous amounts of punishment in these brawls and his pattern of erratic behavior, it almost seems like Brian thinks he’s developing a “Loose Cannon”-type persona much like Brian Pillman did. But we all saw how well that turned out in the end for Pillman.

One friend close to the situation claims Brian is “beyond help.” I hope not for his sake.

  1. Cleatus
    June 29th, 2009 at 13:05 | #1

    Sounds like “the sickness”. Growing up as small town royalty, trying to get the attention and love of a father too concerned with custom made neon unitards, coca cola, puppies, and comic books; it”s not surprising that he would have the problems he does. On top of that, he”s a pro wrestler. It”s not too shocking that he”s in the place he”s in right now but doesn”t mean it has to be that way. My wish for Brian would be that he realize just how much he has. He is a worldwide superstar. He earned the privilege to be seen by a worldwide audience for years. Screw Memphis; Brian was a WWF World Tag Champion. People don”t forget stuff like that. He had such a memorable gimmick…people just don”t forget that kind of stuff. If he had his shit together, Brian could do such great things. I think of all the kids in Memphis. Kid in Memphis are in trouble. It”s gotten so bad in this city. These kids don”t have strong father figures, they have no one to look up to. Brian is the type of guy that could get through to kids like that. It”s such a waste to think that he”s laying in a trash can at some corner store like a drunken bum. He just has so much going for him and he doesn”t see it.

  2. Cal
    June 30th, 2009 at 19:31 | #2

    It”s really disappointing to see a childhood favorite end up this way. I fondly remember seeing him on TV every week from Memphis. His face turn was such a huge thing and made him instantly one of my favorites.

    Being very close to people with self destructive personalities also makes this very hard. I”ve known people who made it through and people who didn”t. and people who are still trying. I just hope he ends up making it through.

  3. Jon Bell
    July 2nd, 2009 at 19:09 | #3

    This is really a sad story. I just hope I don”t see a headline in the next few weeks about Brian being found dead somewhere.

  4. Old School Sammy
    July 4th, 2009 at 09:37 | #4

    Somebody”s looking a little Kentucky Fried themselves in their mug shot…

  5. Gomer Snerd
    July 5th, 2009 at 17:33 | #5

    thank”s, Dad!!!!

  6. BuddyPSHayes
    July 5th, 2009 at 17:57 | #6

    Has his father disowned him, or has he tried to get him help?

  7. Steve
    July 6th, 2009 at 15:15 | #7

    I was the announcer for Tony Falk”s All Star Wrestling in Paducah, KY. He ran house shows twice a month from ”94-03. He also ran shows in nearby towns. One show was in Benton that featured Brian, Jeff Jarrett, and Jamie Dundee. Jeff and Jamie were complete pros and great to talk to. I can”t say the same for Brian. He acted as if he was too good for the room. He complained loudly about the crowd size and how crummy Benton was. After the show I went to a nearby convience store. I ran into Jamie and Brian. Jamie recognized me and started a conversation. Brian acted as if he didn”t recognize me.

    Today, the more I hear about Brian”s problems the more I feel sorry for him and pray to God that he gets help. He still has so much potential to get his life back. Now, it”s all up to him.

  8. Jon Bell
    July 13th, 2009 at 19:49 | #8

    Heard Brian got in trouble again. Maybe some jail time will sober him up?

  9. admin
    July 14th, 2009 at 06:27 | #9

    Well, apparently, Brian refused to enter rehab as part of his plea agreement, so the judge had him arrested. Brian will reportedly servce a 30-day sentence. He clearly does not want help…yet.

  10. admin
    July 14th, 2009 at 14:06 | #10

    Correction: It wasn”t that Brian chose jail over rehab; he simply hadn”t made arrangements yet and the judge said he had no choice but to send him to jail. I believe Brian thought the judge would give him a break and give him more time. Apparently, the judge means business.

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