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    Posted: 10/June/2009 at 15:30

Quote One year ago, SmackDown wrestler Jimmy Wang Yang was suspended for 30 days due to a violation of WWE's drug testing policy. Besides Wang, the only other wrestler to be publicly suspended within the past year as a result of a drug-related infraction is Dolph Ziggler, who was popped on October 10, 2008. By comparison, the two years prior to Wang's drug violation saw approximately 30 drug-related suspensions.

With that being said, the company's developmental wrestlers in Florida Championship Wrestling underwent drug testing last month. As it turns out, of the four confirmed releases (Lupe Viscara, Jon Cutler, Dakota "Maverick" Darsow and Kafu) in recent days, two of them were let go as a result of drug test failures, reports The Sun. Company officials instead opted to release the violators rather than publicly suspend them. In November 2007, a new rule went into effect where WWE would publicly announce all future drug suspensions. Prior, WWE would keep things on the down-low as to not embarrass their performers and the company.

* So it's pretty obvious right there that the Wellness program is working to some degree.

* 30 suspensions down to 2 in just one year. Yet it's a positive wrestling story so mainstream media won't mention it.

* The developmental workers haven't made it so are more likely to take risks with substances.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Tragon70 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10/June/2009 at 15:33
That's a dramatic difference in suspensions. Either stars are taking the Wellness program more serious or there getting past it somehow ?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote badguy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10/June/2009 at 16:23
Company officials instead opted to release the violators rather than publicly suspend them.
 
So yeah WWE doesn't have to release the violators names if they release the talent for failing the Wellness Policy, as far as it going down from 30 to 2, I don't know, I wouldn't be surprised if WWE are actually covering it up, plus if Umaga failed the Policy that number would be upto 3.
 
I think the talent you see released (mostly in development) theres a high chance those guys failed the Wellness Policy but not getting mentioned for it.
 


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Good news that the policy is working, hopefully we wont continue to see wrestlers die young due to drug related issues in the future.

TNA need to introduce a similar policy because its been suggested that many of the roster are drug users.
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Here is a list of violators that are on the current roster.

The following list of past WWE Wellness Policy violations was published by PWTorch.com.

-William Regal (two violations)


Chavo Guerrero (two violations)


-Jeff Hardy (two violations)


-Randy Orton (one violation)


-Jimmy Wang Yang (one violation)


-D.H. Smith (one violation)


-Edge (one violation)


-Charlie Haas (one violation)


-John Morrison (one violation)


-Gregory Helms (one violation)


-Festus (one violation)

Powell's POV: The question of how many Wellness violations Orton has committed comes up on a regular basis. Although he was suspended for 60 days at one time for what were deemed behavioral issues, it was not a violation of the Wellness Policy. If Chris Masters has re-signed with the company as has been reported, then he would also be added to the list with two strikes against him from his previous run.


that thwarts all of our arguments, even mine, about Orton having two violations.  I thought he had two.  He would have two had he not "confessed" to the Signature Pharmacy stuff.


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Fletch Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10/June/2009 at 19:50
I gotta be honest and say i think that was blatant favoratism by WWE towards Orton by letting him off a second suspension, i mean what difference does it make if he confessed, he still used the steroids which are a illegal substance and a violation of WWE's wellness policy.

Their are suggestions in WWE that other top stars may have been excused suspensions as well, should be obvious who they are.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Tragon70 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10/June/2009 at 20:02
It's like can everyone lay off the drugs or the Mary Jane. The wellness program has to be working now cause a lot of suspensions & releases have been made due to this.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote MariaS Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10/June/2009 at 21:02
yep fletch and here is a story about one of them:  found on another board which didn't list a source

This past weekend, some people within World Wrestling Entertainment leaked a story to PWInsider saying Batista had suffered a biceps tear. Their story was later changed to a torn tendon in his left biceps and that it was not a full fledged muscle tear. The webmaster of his official website, Demon-Wrestling.com, soon acknowledged his injury, "confirming" it as a torn tendon.

The webmaster wrote: "We originally thought Dave had a torn muscle (he's been hurt for around 2-3 weeks), but this has now been confirmed as a torn tendon."

However, the official WWE website would say differently.

According to their report concerning Batista's injury, he suffered a completely torn left biceps requiring surgery that will keep him out of action for at least four months — not a torn tendon.

A full fledged muscle tear is much more serious than a tendon tear, so something's clearly not adding up. If he did indeed suffer a torn tendon like his official website is saying, the amount of ring time he would miss would be considerably less.

Among some of the wrestlers, there has been plenty of skepticism over the true severity of his injury. The injury supposedly occurred over three weeks ago, but he had been working television, pay-per-views, and live events without any sort of tape on his arm whatsoever, let alone showing any signs of an injury. If the biceps tear was serious, and people within WWE are claiming it was serious enough for him to get surgery two days after his championship victory, it would certainly have been taped up. If the injury was not serious enough to require tape, one would think there would be no need for surgery.

Even partially torn biceps injuries are taped up, but considering WWE is saying he suffered a full fledged muscle tear, it makes the severity of his injury all the more suspicious.

At Monday's Raw in Lafayette‎, the wrestlers were told his injury was legitimate and he was having surgery the next day. However, the talk among wrestlers in the locker room is that his injury angle on Raw was a cover-up to have him avoid being suspended due to a violation of the company's drug testing policy.

For what it's worth, Monday's show was re-written several times during the day and the creative team was given a list of wrestlers not to use for the foreseeable future prior to show time as a result of drug testing held earlier in the day and at shows over the weekend.

WWE covering up a drug test failure with an injury would certainly be a major change of philosophy on how they handle their drug testing policy, and while things appear fishy, right now there is no concrete evidence indicating that has happened.


I've always thought he was freakishly huge and those veins that bulge look disgusting.  We'll find out in a couple of months when he makes this "unexpected" return if this story is true at all.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Fletch Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10/June/2009 at 21:17
It would come as no surprise to find out that this story is accurate, Batista has the most non natural looking physique in WWE, since the Wellness policy came in to effect the likes of Edge, Orton, John Morrison, Chris Masters, Rob Conway, Val Venis(i know some of these guys have been long released but their good examples)have all seen their physiques rapidly shrink, i was amazed when i saw a shot of Orton in his Evolution days, he had so much more muscle width than he does now.
But three guys somehow maintained their super human physiques, HHH, John Cena and Batista, as more time has past both Cena and HHH's bodies have also shrunk down to more realistic sizes, if you compare HHH now to his prime years back in the late 90's/early 2000's their is a huge difference.

But Batista has kept his huge physique despite the pressure of a WWE road schedule and being fourty years of age.
The only thing i would question is why are reports stating he will be out four months, if this is a wellness suspension he would only be required to serve a months suspension?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote MariaS Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10/June/2009 at 21:24
yeah, Trips was super huge in 1999 and 2000.  I've been watching that stuff lately thanks to admin.  Thing is, he was announced at around 265 while they would announce Rock at 275 and there was no way in hell Rock was bigger than HHH.  That goes back to the fluctuating weights issue though so I won't go any further with that. 

Back then, had they done the Wellness Policy, HHH and Val Venis, in particular would have gotten busted right away.  Later on, when they came in, Benoit, Guerrero, Mysterio would have all been failures as well as they were freakishly huge for their sizes.  Too bad it wasn't in process then as we may still have Eddie Guerrero with us as well as the entire Benoit family but that's life for ya. 

As a matter of fact, Mysterio should be on that list I posted.  He was caught in that Signature Pharmacy stuff too.  He was out with an injury at the time so I guess he didn't have to serve a suspension. I thought Edge was out with an injury during that time too but they have him on the list.


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