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Former WWE developmental talent Brian McGhee charged with first-degree murder

More mainstream news involving the world of professional wrestling, and not surprisingly, it isn't good.

Pasco County Sheriff Office

"The Future" looks grim for Brian McGhee.

The former World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) developmental talent was arrested and charged with first-degree murder on Wednesday (July 24, 2013), after leading police on a high-speed chase that ended with a car crash in Pasco County, Florida, according to Tampa Bay Times.

Sound like some bizarre, pro wrestling back story?

It gets worse. Shortly after allegedly stabbing his ex-girlfriend to death outside her Egypt Lakes-area apartment, McGhee uploaded a grisly photo of a slashed limb to his registered Facebook page. At the time of this writing, the photo has not been taken down.

Fair warning, it's not a pleasant sight.

It's also not the first time the popular social network was used as a sounding board for the troubled young talent. After failing to get ahead in the WWE developmental system, which grooms up-and-coming prospects under the Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW) banner, McGhee posted an alarming status update that friends and family interpreted as a cry for help.

"Guys, I don't know how much longer I can handle this. Every day is a constant struggle to keep my sanity. I love wrestling and it's all I ever wanted to do. Already going crazy since I've been for like ten months now, but it gets worse. Every day a trainer goes out of his way to rib or disrespect me in front of the boys because I've been out so long. I can't clear myself. I wanna wrestle more than anything, but I don't even know who I am anymore. It's so fucking hard. I just feel it just building inside of me and I don't know how much longer I can contain it. I have daydreams of just fucking everyone up on some real shit. I'm not a kid. I'm a fucking man. But what do you do when the people in charge of helping you get to the main roster are the ones making your life the hardest. I've been drinking almost every day. It's to the point to where I keep Vodka and Gin in my trunk. Help me!"

McGhee later deleted the post and used the tried-and-true "hacker" defense when questioned about his mental well-being. Hacker or no hacker, it's hard not to wonder if there was something that could have been done at that time to keep him from eventually murdering 25-year-old Bianca McGaughey.


Compounding the problem is McGhee's loose association with the world's largest pro wrestling organization, already scarred by a history of suicides and horrific murders. While the performer once known as "Donovan Ruddick" was by no means a WWE "superstar," having a monopoly means you become the face for everything that happens in the industry.

For better or for worse.

In this case it's worse, much worse, as McGhee was hospitalized in Tampa for his injuries sustained in the car wreck -- as well as from the police dog that helped apprehend him -- before being transferred to Pasco County Jail on Thursday morning.

What defense McGhee makes in light of his alleged crime, if he makes one at all, remains to be seen. But it's hard not to imagine an attorney advising him to start name dropping. True, it's a move that reeks of desperation, but it's not like it hasn't been done before.

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