WWF/E -- Why'd They Leave?

Can you name the reasons why these WWF/E competitors left the federation?

Circumstance (Year)WrestlerReason
Fired (1984)Slapped a TV reporter who asked him if wrestling was fake
Fired (1985)Punched out a fan who spat on him
Fired (1991)Held out for much more money at the last second the night he was to headline a pay-per-view
Quit (1992)Did not get a job on the writing team that he expected
Fired (1992)Screamed at and physically attacked Vince McMahon
Fired (1993)Showed up extremely intoxicated for a high-profile pay-per-view title match
Fired (1995)Arrested for purchasing steroids and having an illegal handgun
Quit (1997)Encouraged to leave because the WWF couldn't afford his extravagant contract
Quit (1997)Paid a huge sum of money to get out of his contract and follow his brother-in-law to WCW
Fired (1998)After more than a year off TV, only lost 100 of his 700 pounds
Fired (1998)Kept injuring people and may have refused to job to Kurrgan
Fired (1998)After almost two years of build, lost all his momentum when Savio Vega beat the stuffing out of him in the Brawl for All tournament
Fired (1999)Shot on Hardcore Holly
Quit (1999)Held out for more money to make his last pay-per-view appearance and drop the Intercontinental Title
Fired (1999)Found to have been secretly recording conversations backstage
Fired (2000)Had repeated backstage outbursts
Quit (2001)Quit when his wife was unexpectedly released, only to return months later after a bitter divorce
Fired (2001)Smuggled marijuana across the U.S.-Canada border with other people in the car
Fired (2002)Got drunk and engaged in an extremely dangerous wrestling match with Brock Lesnar on an airplane
Fired (2003)Refused to go to rehab for a really obvious drug problem
Circumstance (Year)WrestlerReason
Fired (2003)Made disparaging comments about wrestling in an HBO interview
Quit (2003)Waited for an international tour to take him home to Australia, then quit on the spot
Quit (2004)Left to pursue an NFL career
Fired (2005)Embarrassed everyone when he got in a brutal shouting match with his wife in a hotel lobby
Quit (2005)Refused to get his hair cut
Quit (2005)Wanted to take time off to tour with his rock band
Quit (2005)After being pulled from TV due to a tasteless angle, left to pursue an acting career that never materialized
Fired (2005)Slapped Santino Marella in developmental for corpsing on the Boogeyman
Fired (2006)After a successful run on a reality TV show, bashed Triple H in an interview and left to pursue an acting career that never materialized
Fired (2006)Kept trying to go over the bookers' heads to pitch self-serving angles to Vince McMahon himself
Fired (2006)Arrested for stealing a car at (squirt) gunpoint
Fired (2007)Implied that they might shoot on Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch in the ring
Quit (2007)Didn't want to serve his suspension for a Wellness violation he claims he didn't commit
Quit (2008)Followed his girlfriend out the door when she left over an angle she found objectionable
Fired (2008)Caused a scare when he had a drug-induced seizure on an airplane
Fired (2009)Drew Randy Orton's ire by suplexing Orton on his injured shoulder
Fired (2010)Arrested for public intoxication and fighting with Chris Jericho in a taxi
Fired (2010)Broke a Benoit-related taboo by choking Justin Roberts with his tie
Fired (2010)Spent several months using social media to actively try to get fired
Fired (2011)Booked a house show angle in which the Miz interrupted the American national anthem
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  • In some cases, the stated reason may not have been the only reason why the wrestler quit or was fired, but it can probably be assumed it contributed, at the very least.
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Last Updated: Jul 7, 2017

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