During the NWO’s heyday, no one seemed to be enjoyed the ride to the top more than the chiseled, loudmouthed, and top hat-wearing Buff Bagwell. Unfortunately, once Vince McMahon purchased WCW, Bagwell’s success quickly began to wain. On July 2, 2001, he took on Booker T in the only formal WCW match ever in a WWE ring, and it was nothing to write home about. It was so poorly received that many point to it as the reason the WCW invasion of WWE was quickly blown through. He was released just a few months later.
In the past three years, Bagwell’s outside-the-ring antics have largely grabbed pro wrestling headlines. In August 2020, he was involved in a severe car wreck in Georgia where he broke multiple bones, and it is believed that he was on prescription medication at the time. Less than a year later, he was arrested on five charges, again in Georgia, including speeding, hit and run, and giving a false name to officers.
The Cobb County Sheriff’s Office’s records indicate that Bagwell was booked again this past July 13, around 3:56 pm, and was released the following day just after midnight. He was charged with speeding, a misdemeanor, and driving under the influence of drugs, also a misdemeanor.
News of the booking began to make the rounds last night, and earlier this morning, Bagwell took to social media to address what happened.
“Just wanted to clarify to everyone that I am 11 months sober (tomorrow),” he started. “I see there is news out that I had to spend time in jail for a DUI but this was from the original offense years ago. I did get a recent sanction because I didn’t document a recent trip out of state properly.”
Haus of Wrestling wishes Bagwell all the best as he continues his recovery journey.