NEWS FLASH … There are steroids in Professional Wrestling!!! Would any of this occurred if it were not for the tragic murder suicide of Chris Benoit and his family?
The WWE find itself back in the news for all the wrong reasons. Actually, it seems recently it is the only reason we hear about wrestlers and the WWE these days. The WWE suspended 10 wrestlers for breaking drug rules after their names were listed as clients of Signature Pharmacy in Orlando, FL. Before anyone starts applauding the WWE for their actions one really needs to understand that it is next to impossible to believe that the WWE did not know that their athletes were not on steroids. It took a drug probe to find names? All one would need to do is open their eyes. But when one has a don’t ask, don’t tell policy for ratings and fortune … why would you?
The action came after the 10 men – allegedly including former world champions Edge and Randy Orton, ECW champ John Morrison, Brit William Regal and rising star Mr Kennedy – were identified as clients of Signature Pharmacy in Orlando.
That company was busted by cops in February for the distribution of steroids and other prescription drugs to clients who had not been examined by a doctor.
Check out the list of drugs that these wrestlers were pumping into their bodies.
Steroids have been an issue forever in the WWE; however, it was not brought to the forefront until just recently when Chris Benoit murdered his family and committed suicide. What is most laughable is that many of the wrestlers on this list have recently stated that wrestling was drug free. Was this a pro-active measure by Vince McMahon of the WWE or a CYA knowing that Congressional hearings are not to far away to address the issue of steroids?
Here is a list of the who’s who WWE wrestlers named that have been linked to steroids and the Signature Pharmacy raid.
- Randy Orton
- Adam Copeland (Edge)
- Charlie Haas
- Robert Huffman (King Booker)
- Shane Helms
- Mike Bucci (Simon Dean)
- Anthony Carelli (Santino Marella)
- John Hennigan (John Morrison)
- Darren Matthews (William Regal)
- Ken Anderson (Kennedy)
- Chavo Guerrero
However there seems to be an issue over the timing of when orders may have been place as to whether wrestlers will actually be suspended or not by the WWE.
“It has been WWE’s practice not to release the names of those who have been suspended, but notice has been sent to all WWE performers that names of anyone who is suspended under the Wellness Policy as of November 1 will be made public.”
Despite the company’s unwillingness to reveal names at this point they have been leaked.
Sports Illustrated, who helped police with original bust, list the 10 as Mr Kennedy, Chavo Guerrero, Gregory Helms, Randy Orton, John Morrison, Shoichi Funaki, Charlie Haas, Umaga, William Regal and Edge.
These stars all received drugs from Signature Pharmacy ordered on the Internet after the WWE brought in their Wellness Policy in February 2006, which constitutes an automatic failure.
Batista, King Booker, Santino Marella and Chris Masters have also been named by the US press as using the company. Their orders were probably placed before February 2006 though, so they will not be suspended.
Simon Dean and Sylvan Grenier, both recently let go, were also said to be clients.
That means almost TWENTY current and recent WWE superstars have used the firm to purchase steroids and other drugs without seeing a doctor. (The Sun)