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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 21:33
Yeah i forgot about Eddie and Benoit, those were two guys who grew rapidly, if you look at their physiques in ECW or early WCW they are almost cruiserweights but in their WWE prime they both had huge physiques.

Edge i remember was suspended and announced as a suspension but served it while injured so it didnt effect his on screen status as such. He obviously was just docked a months pay.

Rey Mysterio, i think i remember hearing about him during the steroid scandal but im not completely sure.

And yeah HHH at 260lbs during his 1999/2000 peak? Do me a favor, the guy is what 6'4 and with muscle mass like that he must have been pushing 300lbs.


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Quote As reported earlier, World Wrestling Entertainment is expected to announce some talent suspensions as a result of various Talent Wellness Program violations within the next few days. On Monday prior to Raw, the WWE creative team was given a list of talent not to write plans for as they will be unavailable for the foreseeable future, starting with next week's three-hour "3-For-All" broadcast. This directive is only done when talent is on the verge of being suspended as it's standard company protocol.

As most of you know, WWE's Talent Wellness Program has a "three strike" rule in place, with the first violation resulting in a 30-day suspension; the second violation resulting in a 60-day suspension; and a third such violation resulting in automatic termination from the company.

Here is how the current WWE talent roster stacks as it relates to publicly known Talent Wellness Program violations. There could very well be more current WWE wrestlers sitting on Wellness Policy strikes as a number of suspensions have fallen under the radar, but this is all that's publicly known.

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» Chavo Guerrero is reportedly sitting on two strikes. On August 30, 2007, he was suspended — reportedly for 60 days — for receiving pharmaceuticals not in compliance with WWE's Talent Wellness Program. He received, among other drugs, somatropin, nandrolone and anastrozole between April 2005 and May 2006. His apparent prior suspension remains unclear.

» Drew Hankinson, a/k/a Festus, is sitting on one strike. In October or November 2006, while in developmental, he was quietly suspended for 30 days for his first violation of the company's drug testing policy.

» Randy Orton is sitting on one strike. In August 2006, he was quietly suspended for 30 days for his first violation of the company's drug testing policy — reportedly due to a drug test failure. Starting in September 2004 through February 2007, Orton received somatropin, nandrolone and stanozolol. In August 2007, company officials reasoned that Orton had already served his punishment due to his drug policy violation from the prior year — thus he was not suspended. However, Orton continued receiving pharmaceuticals through February 2007 — well past the date of his initial drug test failure.

» Darren Matthews, a/k/a William Regal, is sitting on two strikes. On August 30, 2007, he was suspended for 30 days for receiving pharmaceuticals not in compliance with WWE's Talent Wellness Program. Between November 2004 and November 2006, he received stanozolol, somatropin, genotropin, and anastrozole. On May 20, 2008, he was suspended for 60 days for his second violation of the company's drug testing policy.

SmackDown

» Charlie Haas is sitting on one strike. On August 30, 2007, he was suspended for 30 days for receiving pharmaceuticals not in compliance with WWE's Talent Wellness Program. He was prescribed anastrozole, somatropin, stanozolol, nandrolone and chorionic gonadotropin between August 2006 and January 2007.

» Nick Nemeth, a/k/a Dolph Ziggler, is sitting on one strike. On October 10, 2008, he was suspended for 30 days for his first violation of the company's drug resting policy.

» Adam Copeland, a/k/a Edge, is sitting on one strike. On August 30, 2007, he was suspended for 30 days for receiving pharmaceuticals not in compliance with WWE's Talent Wellness Program. He received somatropin, genotropin (both HGH), and stanozolol between September 2004 and February 2007.

» Jeff Hardy is sitting on two strikes. In July 2007, he was quietly suspended for 30 days for his first violation of the company's drug testing policy. On March 11, 2008, he was suspended for 60 days for his second violation of the company's drug testing policy.

» James Yun, a/k/a Jimmy Wang Yang, is sitting on one strike. On June 9, 2008, he was suspended for 30 days for his first violation of the company's drug testing policy.

» John Hennigan, a/k/a John Morrison, is sitting on one strike. On August 30, 2007, he was suspended for 30 days for receiving pharmaceuticals not in compliance with WWE's Talent Wellness Program. Between June 2006 and February 2007 he was prescribed somatropin, anastrozole, testosterone, stanozolol and chorionic gonadotropin, a hormone produced naturally during pregnancy. (HCG is taken by anabolic steroid users to stimulate the production of testosterone, which is suppressed as a result of steroid use.)

» Shoichi Funaki, a/k/a Kung Fu Naki, is sitting on one strike. On August 30, 2007, he was suspended for 30 days for receiving pharmaceuticals not in compliance with WWE's Talent Wellness Program. He received somatropin in March 2006.

ECW

» Harry Smith, a/k/a David Hart Smith, is sitting on one strike. On November 2, 2007, he was suspended for 30 days for his first violation of the company's drug testing policy — reportedly due to a drug test failure while in developmental.

» Gregory Helms is sitting on one strike. On August 30, 2007, he was suspended for 30 days for receiving pharmaceuticals not in compliance with WWE's Talent Wellness Program. Between November 2003 and February 2007, he received, among other drugs, testosterone, genotropin (HGH) and nandrolone.

Developmental

» Ryan Reeves, a/k/a Ryback, is sitting on one strike. In July 2006, while in developmental, he was quietly suspended for 30 days for his first violation of the company's drug testing policy. WWE released Reeves on January 19, 2007, but re-signed him in the fall of 2008, making him the first talent with a Wellness Program strike to return to the company after being let go.

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* Dave Meltzer reported in his Wrestling Observer newsletter early this year when Congress' investigation of steroids in professional wrestling broke out that a suspension was issued in April 2008. Peculiarly, there is no record of WWE announcing a suspension during that particular month.

* According to the Waxman report, at least a few suspensions completely fell under the radar in the months leading up to the Signature Pharmacy scandal in August 2007. Suspensions were quietly issued in late November, early December 2006; early to mid May 2007; late April, early May 2007; mid May 2007; and late August, early September 2007.

* Waxman's letter noted that of five wrestlers who failed pre-contract steroid tests during a 14-week period in late 2007 and early 2008, four ended up being hired anyway by WWE. Considering it was not so long ago, chances are some, if not all, are still under contract to the company. Their respective pre-contract drug test failures do not count against the policy.

* If Chris Mordetzky, a/k/a Chris Masters, has re-signed with World Wrestling Entertainment as has been reported, then he would also be added to the list with two strikes against him from his previous stint in the company.

On August 30, 2007, he was suspended for 30 days for his first violation of the company's drug testing policy. On November 2, 2007, he was suspended for 60 days for his second violation of the company's drug testing policy. He was released from his WWE contract, six days later, on November 8, 2007.

* Intertesting to note that Masters wouldn't lose his two former test failures if he's signed back up.
 
* I'm really hoping Regal doesn't fail again after many battles with drugs over the years.
 
* Surely Chavo wouldn't be dumb enough to fail again. So many people on the verge of being fired.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Trice Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10/June/2009 at 23:03
i would hope that JoMo and Dolph, especially, wouldnt have done anything stupid, with the pushes they are on atm.

Punk's heel turn and Edge's title drop certianly look ominous for him.

Orton seems safe though, given monday's storyline.
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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 23:08
that article doesn't have Rey Mysterio in it either and he was a part of the Signature Pharmacy scandal as well. 
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Originally posted by MariaS MariaS wrote:

that article doesn't have Rey Mysterio in it either and he was a part of the Signature Pharmacy scandal as well. 
 
* That's well spotted. Seems strange they would miss off one of the main names.
 
Quote According to an article on The Sun, World Wrestling Entertainment still has plans to release names of performers who violate the company's drug testing policy, despite online speculation to the contrary.

As reported yesterday, there was some skepticism among people in the company that WWE isn't completely abiding by its own set of rules after a recent rash of high profile firings, absences and injuries.

However, a WWE spokesperson told SunSport that there has been no reversal in their policy of "publicly announcing suspensions of performers."

The spokesperson said: "WWE continues to publicly announce performers who have been suspended due to contravention of the Talent Wellness Program."

To read the full article, click here.

* Typical of mainstream press to be cynical just because nobody has been named recently who's a major name.
 
* Naming and shaming those who polute their bodies with filth is very much something that should never stop.
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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 23:37
Look at the list though im sure it has to be a disappointment to see all of these names. In general can anyone do things by the book ?
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I seems to be working, but is it really, or are they just letting guys get away with it now that congress has backed off somewhat?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote badguy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11/June/2009 at 08:51

Im surprised Masters when he returns will be back to two strikes and not any, since Ryan Reeves, whos in FCW, was on one violation yet when he returned he is back to being on zero, so yeah it is a very big surprise that Masters' two won't be dropped since he has signed back with WWE (if he has).

Also I've read on Wrestleview that Edge has been pulled from some of the shows, hopefully he hasn't failed yet another Wellness Policy test:
 
Edge has been pulled from weekend WWE house show events reports ProWrestling.net. He was originally advertised for Smackdown/ECW live events, but is now no longer listed.


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Tragon70 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11/June/2009 at 15:00
Hopefully the sports world can take this seriously and start finding ways to prevent drug use or there's gonna be a lot more deaths along the way. Some more painful than other's , but any loss is a tragedy.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote badguy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11/June/2009 at 15:13
I dont think other sports have as many deaths as happens in the wrestling world, since Andre The Giant's death in January 1993, close to 200 wrestlers 50 and under have passed away due to heart attacks, strokes and other health issues, so yeah I don't think there has been 200 deaths within the NBA, NFL, the hockey (NHL I think its called) and others, so yeah wrestling business seems to have more deaths than all the others.


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