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Former pro wrestler faces steroid, drug charges

Posted September 20, 2011

— Former professional wrestling star Matthew Moore Hardy is facing drug charges, authorities said Tuesday.

Moore County deputies searched Hardy's house on Boys Camp Road in Cameron on Wednesday and seized 20 vials of anabolic steroids, one dosage of ecstasy and more than $1,900 in cash and drug paraphernalia.

Hardy, 36, is charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver a Schedule III controlled substance, possession of a Schedule I controlled substance, maintaining a place to keep a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Hardy was released from the Moore County Detention Center with a written promise to appear in court on Sept. 29.

Last week, Hardy was arrested and charged with driving while impaired at Raleigh-Durham International Airport. He was arrested after another driver saw him swerving across traffic, nearly hitting two cars, on Sept. 15.

Hardy is due in court on that charge on Nov. 30.

Last month, Hardy was charged with DWI after police said he crashed his car into a guard rail in Raleigh.

Hardy's brother and former wrestling partner, Jeff Hardy, has also faced drug charges.

Jeff Hardy, 34, was arrested in September 2009 and charged with multiple felony drug counts. Authorities say they found hundreds of Vicodin pills, anabolic steroids and powder cocaine.

Jeff Hardy was suspended by World Wrestling Entertainment in 2008 for a second violation of its drug policy.

He was later reinstated and won the WWE's world heavyweight championship belt but left the company in 2009. Until recently, he was one of the top stars in the Impact Wrestling company.

Jeff Hardy was ordered to pay a $100,000 fine and remain on probation for 30 months as part of a plea agreement.


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  • Hammerhead Sep 22, 2011

    Tarheel, not all amateur wrestling is Greco-Roman. That's a totally different sport than freestyle.

  • Hammerhead Sep 22, 2011

    "People do get hurt or even killed in pro wrestling."

    Also not the argument. I could list a thousand things that hurt or kill people.

  • Hammerhead Sep 22, 2011

    "Why would most pro wrestlers care about being Roman Grecco contenders? They are literally a thousand times more famous than amateur wrestlers and pro wrestling is the top rated show on cable(non network television)"

    That's not the argument. Jersey Shore is also highly rated, as are the so called "reality" shows. I watch none of them.

  • same ole story Sep 22, 2011

    Wow a pro(fake) wrestler on steroids and abusing drugs.... Who would have thought such a thing?

  • onyourheels2 Sep 21, 2011

    war-when my wife and i first got married and she was learning to cook, i almost died from one of her flapjacks.

  • Tarheelfan13 Sep 21, 2011

    Why would most pro wrestlers care about being Roman Grecco contenders? They are literally a thousand times more famous than amateur wrestlers and pro wrestling is the top rated show on cable(non network television)

  • warbirdlover Sep 21, 2011

    People do get hurt or even killed in pro wrestling. On 28 May 2001, Brian Ong died after receiving a flapjack from The Great Khali. I live right down the road from Matt, Jeff & their father Gilbert and they are all very nice guys. Instead of people arguing about the fakness of wrestling, wouldn't or efforts be more useful trying to help addicts. My brother was an addict. They just don't wake up one morning and say "I Think I Will Become An Addict Today" These guys and millions of other people need support to overcome their addictions.

  • Bartmeister Sep 21, 2011

    And by the way, I would not consider any pro wrestler a viable Roman Grecco contender except for Curt Angle or Brock Lesnar, or Benjamin Shelton (in the modern era). That's where they came from.

  • Bartmeister Sep 21, 2011

    Tarheel, have you ever noticed that nearly every upper level MMA and UFC stud was once a premier amateur wrestler?

    If you consider BJJ wrestling, yes. But to your point, Lesnar, Hughes, Koscheck, Velasquez, Munoz were all top wrestlers. Love that stuff!!!

  • Hammerhead Sep 21, 2011

    "Hammerhead, most pro wrestlers would be in the heavyweight or super heavyweight division if they wrestled in the amateur ranks."

    Wow, really? Who'd have noticed? Not sure what that means or has to do with anything. It's glorified tumbling, you know, like gym class. I'm sure the steroids have nothing to do with the injury rate. If the injuries are all you have to hang your hat on, then the athlete part doesn't fly.