Tammy Sytch, six months before being inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame on April 2nd, 2011. Photo via Luigi Novi of flickr.
Unfortunately, the odds of drug rehabilitation leading to someone cleaning their act up for good are pretty slim. There's sadly plenty of examples of this within the pro wrestling business, most notably Scott Hall, Jake "The Snake" Roberts and Chyna.
You can certainly add former WWE / WCW / ECW / ROH star Tammy Sytch to that all too long list, who has had substance abuse problems off and on dating back to the tail end of her WWF run as Sunny, the manager of LOD 2000, in the spring of 1998. Drugs completely derailed her career, as they caused her to get fired from all three major U.S. promotions in a period of just over two years. Outside of a handful of appearances for ROH and WWE during periods when she had her personal problems under control, she's largely spent the last 12 years working on the independent circuit.
Unfortunately, Sytch may now be in her worst shape for close to a decade. Her current boyfriend, independent wrestler Damien Darling, convinced her to enter WWE sponsored rehab on July 16th, a few days after she had been hospitalised from a drug overdose. Presumably, needing the money really badly, she agreed to do a lengthy shoot interview with the ethically challenged Rob Feinstein just before checking into rehab, a preview of which can be seen here.
Now less than two months later, her mugshot is plastered all over TMZ for the world to see, after being arrested for domestic violence three times on three consecutive days in the past week:
The Branford Police in Connecticut tell us 39-year-old Tammy was first arrested for disorderly conduct on September 11 at 8:55 PM in an incident involving a man who was living in the house where the altercation took place.
Tammy was released the next day (Sept. 12) on $500 bond and enjoyed several hours of freedom before ARREST #2 at 4:49 PM when the former wrestler was popped for disorderly conduct and strangulation for an incident involving the same man. She was also charged with violating a restraining order.
Tammy was released the next day (Sept.13) on $25,000 bond and enjoyed several hours of freedom before ARREST #3 at 8:00 PM when she was popped for once again violating a restraining order. We're told the incident also involved the same man.
Tammy was released the next day (today) on $2,500 bond and is currently enjoying several hours of freedom.
According to Dave Meltzer of f4wonline.com, Sytch had moved into the home of her boyfriend Damien Darling in Branford, CT, after finishing rehab recently, the series of incidents involved Darling and took place at his house, and was set off by a major argument the two had together earlier this week.
WWE gave TMZ their usual spiel whenever something like this happens to a former wrestler of their's:
As part of WWE's Former Talent Program, we sent Ms. Sytch to rehabilitation three times, with all costs covered by WWE.
Unfortunately, Ms. Sytch continues to make poor personal choices. WWE will continue to provide assistance should she want to take advantage of it.
Hopefully Sytch will quickly take WWE up on their open offer of another stint in rehab and it will be fourth time lucky for her.