Pro wrestler arrested after putting wife in headlock


It started with an argument between Swann and wife Vannarah Riggs in a vehicle, said the Gainesville Police Department. A police report said Swann criticized her performance and the pair began arguing.

For his part, Swann apparently told police that he did not touch Riggs, and only went after her after she left the auto due to her phone Global Positioning System containing the directions home.

However, Swann's temper got the best of him and he put his own wife in a headlock and forced her inside of his auto. Swann allegedly grabbed her by the arm and neck, and put her in a headlock.

World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) has suspended cruiserweight star Rich Swann for a domestic violence incident.

Swann is due to appear in court on Monday. Another witness said Riggs yelled for help as she was returned to the vehicle and Swann drove off.

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The kidnapping and false imprisonment charge comes with an up to five-year prison sentence.

WWE wrestler Rich Swann flashed high-flying moves and a big smile in the ring. The charges being filed against Rich Swann are "battery and kidnap/false imprisonment of an adult".

When WWE made a decision to bring back the cruiserweight division to its main roster - and subsequently create the show 205 Live for the WWE Network - Swann was chosen to become a major focus, defeating then-champion Brian Kendrick for the cruiserweight title on the first episode of 205 Live. Under that policy, anyone arrested for a domestic violence incident is subsequently suspended indefinitely pending the criminal investigation.

An Alachua County jail representative told ABC News that Swann made an appearance before a judge and is set to be released on his own recognizance on Sunday.