WWE Suspends Rich Swann Indefinitely After His Arrest On Battery And False Imprisonment Charges

Former WWE Cruiserweight Champion Rich Swann is currently in the custody of the Gainesville, Florida police, spending the night in jail after being arrested late Saturday night on charges of battery and false imprisonment.

Swann was attending the FEST Wrestling show at 8 Seconds in downtown Gainesville on December 9th, where his wife, independent wrestler Su Yung (real name Vannarah Riggs), was performing. According to the police report from Gainsville PD and eyewitnesses at the scene, Swann and Riggs were driving down the road after the show and discussing her match when Swann got angry at her, causing Riggs to leave the car while it was stopped in traffic. Swann reportedly left the car and pursued Riggs, allegedly grabbing her by the arm and putting her in a headlock before placing her back in his vehicle. Shortly thereafter, Riggs jumped out of the vehicle while it was moving, causing Swann to abandon his car and allegedly give chase again. The car later hit a telephone pole.

Swann denied grabbing Riggs in his statement to the police, claiming he was just trying to get home and was relying on her phone which had GPS.

In Florida, false imprisonment is a third-degree felony, punishable by up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine if convicted. His second charge, battery – touching or striking, is a first-degree misdemeanor, which, if convicted could land Swann up one year in jail or 12 months probation and a $1,000 fine.

Swann has been employed by WWE since 2015, making frequent appearances on Raw and 205 Live. He had been slated to compete against Drew Gulak to determine a new No. 1 contender for the Cruiserweight Championship on Monday night’s upcoming episode of Raw.

According to Pro Wrestling Sheet, WWE has suspended Rich Swann indefinitely, effective immediately, with a rep commenting, “WWE has zero tolerance for matters involving domestic violence.”

(Via Gainesville PD)