Today in Pro Wrestling History: (May 26): Turnbuckle Troubles on the Jersey Turnpike

Today in Pro Wrestling History: On May 26th, 1987, The Iron Sheik and "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan are arrested on drug possession charges after Duggan is pulled over for suspicion of driving under the influence.

Today in Pro Wrestling History: (May 26): Turnbuckle Troubles on the Jersey Turnpike

Today In Pro Wrestling History May 26

In the legal fallout, Duggan was charged with possession of marijuana and drinking alcohol while driving, and received a conditional discharge. Sheik (aka Khosrow Vaziri) was charged with possession of cocaine and marijuana and ended up getting one year of probation.

From the company’s perspective, it was a PR calamity: The two men were feuding in WWF storylines at the time. Hacksaw and Sheik arrived for that night’s house show, and did not initially tell management. By the next day, however, the media storm had started, and the incident nearly led to Duggan being terminated.

These stories may also interest you:

Can’t get enough pro wrestling history in your life? Sign up to unlock ten pro wrestling stories curated uniquely for YOU, plus subscriber-exclusive content. A special gift from us awaits after signing up!

Want More? Choose another story!

Be sure to follow us on Facebook, X/Twitter, Instagram, Threads, YouTube, TikTok, and Flipboard!
Pro Wrestling Stories is committed to accurate, unbiased wrestling content rigorously fact-checked and verified by our team of researchers and editors. Any inaccuracies are quickly corrected, with updates timestamped in the article's byline header.
Got a correction, tip, or story idea for Pro Wrestling Stories? Contact us! Learn about our editorial standards here.

This post may contain affiliate links, which means we may earn a commission at no extra cost to you. This helps us provide free content for you to enjoy!

Be sure to follow Pro Wrestling Stories on Twitter @pws_official and Facebook @prowrestlingstories to keep up with the latest!