Published: Mon, December 11, 2017
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

WWE Superstar Rich Swann Arrested for Battery, Kidnapping

WWE Superstar Rich Swann Arrested for Battery, Kidnapping

Swann made his WWE television debut in January 2016, and would go on to participate in the Cruiserweight Classic tournament that was held during the summer of past year.

According to cops, Swann was driving his newlywed wife, Vannarah Riggs, back home after a match of hers in Florida when they got into an argument in the auto, which got heated. One witness stated the former WWE Cruiserweight Champion got his wife "in a headlock" and push her back in the vehicle.

This reportedly lead to Swann also jumping out of the vehicle, chasing down Riggs, and dragging her back to the auto via a headlock.

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ProWrestlingSheet has also confirmed via a statement from WWE that Rich Swann has been suspended indefinitely following his arrest. The two began to discuss a match Riggs had earlier in the night, leading to Swann getting upset and angry.

Yung later stated Swann "has a temper sometimes" and she fled the situation because she feared physical violence. The first witness said that Yung "seemed very afraid of the Defendant and was trying to get away from him".

Swann will have his initial appearance in court on Monday where he is now being held without bail.

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Hours after the incident, the WWE announced that it had suspended Swann because of its "zero tolerance policy". Another witness said Riggs yelled for help as she was returned to the vehicle and Swann drove off. Another witness claimed she saw Riggs jump out of the vehicle while it was moving. Alachua County Jail records show that authorities booked Swann just after midnight on Sunday.

According to the Mirror (h/t Joshua Gagnon of WrestlingInc), Swann could be sentenced to up to five years in prison if convicted on the kidnapping charge.

Swann was due to battle Drew Gulak in a number one contenders match for the Cruiserweight title. The battery charge is a first-degree misdemeanor and could add up to a year imprisonment or 12 months probation and a $1,000 fine.

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