On April 19, 2003, Luger was involved in a domestic dispute with Elizabeth Hulette, then his live-in girlfriend, in the garage of their townhouse in Marietta, Georgia, during which Luger allegedly struck her-he was charged with battery. Two weeks later, Hulette died in the townhouse they shared, after mixing pills of hydrocodone, and Xanax with vodka. Regarding this tragic event, Luger states, "It was a very dark, sad time in my personal life.
"I've made a lot of bad choices outside of the ring over the years that led to me giving up my family, my beautiful wife and two children. I developed a double life and there was a lot of collateral damage from that to my friends, my family and those closest to me including Miss Elizabeth. She always will be the first lady of wrestling. It was a real tragedy, I was living a lifestyle back then, a lot of drugs, alcohol, I call it the life of folly in my book. It led to a lot of tragic things. and that was the biggest tragedy you could ever think of to have a close friend like Elizabeth as a result of it. People say, 'well Lex, you didn't make her drink or shove pills down her throat,' but I was a very big influence on her life at the time and I was doing that and she wanted to do what I did. So if you talk about regrets in the past guys, we can't erase the past and we have got to take responsibility and I take a lot of responsibility for that tragic event and what happened."
Additional highlights from the interview are as follows:
His thoughts on first finding out about Vince McMahon buying WCW and being on the last Nitro: "I was happy for Vince because I knew, man, he had won, that was a genuine moment for him. I was like, 'yeah, buddy, everybody had you counted out there when we were beating you for 'x' amount of weeks straight. I was happy for him."
On the night before WrestleMania X, not becoming WWF Champion, and online rumors: "Contrary to what is said, Vince never promised me the belt. He never made me any promises at WrestleMania between Bret, or I, or Yoko. Nor did I expect him to make any. Why would he? I was thrilled to be a part of the main event of WrestleMania. Visit Wrestling Inc It's funny, I was talking to a guy in an interview recently and a guy said, 'It was on your Wikipedia that you were drunk the night before at a bar at WrestleMania X and you were supposed to win the belt and Vince got mad at you.' I wasn't even anywhere near New York. I was with my wife and two kids in Hartford, Connecticut, staying with friends the night before WrestleMania. I did a lot of stupid stuff back then, but that wasn't one of them. Rumor becomes fact sometimes, I laughed at that for years. Of all the stupid dumb stuff I did outside of the ring, that was one that I didn't do. I always found that humorous, crazy how rumors can start. Who came up with that one?"
Vince Russo coming in as head writer in WCW: "I think that Russo and Ferrara did their best to create a young, fresh group of guys, kind of doing an invasion like the now did and really on paper, a pretty good idea. They had a great reputation coming from the WWF for being very creative, really when we found ourselves slipping, consensus wise most of the guys were pretty excited that they were coming in. I think they gave it their very best effort, and the young guys came in and gave it their best effort.
"I think part of the problem was for when the young guys were beating these legendary guys like Hogan in the middle of the ring... I think the fans, as much as they love seeing young talent emerge, I think it was almost like a little bit too much too soon, in my opinion, and the fans didn't really buy into it like they had hoped. It was a good idea but the fans didn't quite buy into it. They did their best, but things just didn't work...