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WWE Suspends 10 Wrestlers for Wellness Program Violations

By August 30, 2007

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The WWE Wellness Program took a major bashing today when Sports Illustrated.com released the names of several wrestlers linked to drug purchases at Signature Pharmacy. This information is related to the raid that took place in February. The following wrestlers currently in the WWE purchased drugs from the pharmacy after the WWE Wellness Policy was implemented in February 2006: Chavo Guerrero, Shane Helms, Randy Orton, John Morrison, Mr. Kennedy, Funaki, Charlie Haas, Umaga, William Regal, and Edge. Sylvain Grenier was also implicated but he was recently released by the WWE. Three deceased wrestlers, Chris Benoit (employed by the WWE at the time of the purchases and his death), Brian Adams (not in the WWE at the time of his purchases), and Eddie Guerrero (the wrestler whose death caused the Wellness Policy to start) were also implicated as purchasing from the pharmacy.

In a related article on ESPN.com, they implicated Batista as being a customer of the pharmacy. The N.Y. Daily News also added a few names to the list including King Booker and Santino Marella.

Moments prior to this story coming out, the WWE made a shocking announcement and announced that they were suspending 10 wrestlers. The WWE did not release the names of the 10 wrestlers that they suspended. Their official statement released to the media states:

    "Based on independent information received from investigators from the Albany County, NY D.A.s office, WWE has today, under the penalty provisions of its wellness policy, issued suspension notices to 10 of its performers for violations. It has been WWEs 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."

What does this all mean?
The credibility of the Wellness Program has taken a major hit from which it may never recover. With Congressional hearings looming, this has opened a huge Pandora's Box for the company. At least the WWE has taken the actions to suspend the wrestlers but they still refuse to name names. However, over the next week it will be obvious to see who was suspended by seeing who is on TV and who is not.

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Comments

August 31, 2007 at 1:12 pm
(1) Ghost ! says:

I am a professional wrestler and have been since 1988 and I never used steroids or any other kind of drugs in my career. I wrestle for various independent federatios and they never tried to push any knid of drugs! Blaming Vince Mcmahon of course! Why does he get away withis kind of stuff? Money! Money! Money!

So says the Ghost !!!!!

September 1, 2007 at 6:57 pm
(2) Wrigley says:

WWE – what a joke. Here they had a chance to vastly improve their standing in the public eye and once again, they’re hiding behind Vince’s skirt by NOT NAMING NAMES.

“Oh, but we will after November 1…”

yeah, right. Last I checked it was September 1. Why not now? What’s so special about two months from now? My guess is it gives Vince and the WWE lawyers two months to try and slime their way around and avoid any sense of accountability…. AGAIN!!!

September 3, 2007 at 12:38 am
(3) prowrestling says:

Wrigley,

I believe it takes a little less than 2 months for steroids to leave the system.

Eric

September 3, 2007 at 4:40 am
(4) The dudemeister says:

in any sports where lots of money and pressure is involved, there is use of steroids. and i have been involved with body building and some of the physique of the wrestlers is not possible without steroids

September 3, 2007 at 10:40 pm
(5) NicaGirl says:

OK, I am a little confued. So the suspensions don’t even *start* till November 1 or that’s just when they’re releasing the names? ‘Cause if the suspensions don’t even start till November, we won’t notice if anyone is “missing” from the shows.

September 3, 2007 at 10:45 pm
(6) prowrestling says:

The suspensions appear to be starting after the television tapings that took place this weekend. After each show airs, I’ll give some analysis about each wrestler on that particular brand and we will try to figure out who is and who isn’t suspended.

As far as 11/1 goes, that is the date from which any future failed tests will result in the names getting reported to the media.

August 25, 2008 at 1:32 am
(7) JASON B. says:

THEY JUST BUSTED A ROIDZ DEALER IN OWENSBORO,KY.I THOUGHT IT WAS IRONIC,CONSIDERING THE RECENT EVENTS.SOMETHING MISSING FROM WRESTLING?YES.EACH WRESTLER THAT DIED TOOK A PART OF WRESTLING WITH THEM.R.I.P.BRYAN ADAMS,CHRIS BENOIT,EDDIE G.YOU WILL BE GREATLY MISSED BY YOUR FANS.

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