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Im still not surprised that more wrestlers pass away from drugs than any other sport. I heard that Baseball is the most drug used sport today. I honestly think it's because wrestlers work all year around with no breaks so it's like taking an everyday medication and it attacks the body until the drugs takes over a person's personality.



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Baseball is the most steroid rampant sport, but they don't use them as often as wrestlers do. They don't want bid biceps or a six pack, they just want some extra pop in their swing.

And wrestlers don't just die from steroids, they are also notorious for getting hooked on painkillers.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Fletch Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11/June/2009 at 18:29
Yeah WWE performers are under huge pressure, the schedule they work is so punishing on their bodies they take drugs to enhance their performances, mask the pain from taking bumps four nights a week and of course to keep their physiques looking super human.

I know its no excuse for using illegal drugs that will probably significantly shorten your life but i do think WWE should look at ways of possibly reducing the punishing schedule, they wont of course because it would mean fewer live events and that would mean less profit.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Tragon70 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12/June/2009 at 07:34
I don't even like taking medication in general cause I know they can get addictive. I have a high tolerance of pain and doctors have been telling me since i've been coming to this hospital in November. Taking pills can hurt your throat and put you in a lot of pain giving you a sore throat and other bad things take it from me.
 
I bet if people weren't so stuck on themselves there would be less drug addictions. You also have people that has to be a certain size because they either feel insecure about themselves or someone wants them to be that way. I just hope that people can get there act together or else we won't have a WWE with everyone failing these drug tests.


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There is said to be some strong unhappiness regarding the drug testing in WWE recently and more specifically in the wake of what happened with Umaga (Eddie Fatu). While there has always been a problem with fines for smoking marijuana, the big issue seems to be with how legit the testing process is when it comes to some of the bigger stars in the company and if they are being excused. While there is no real evidence to indicate this actually took place, there was said to be some discussion among WWE talent in the last few months seeming to indicate that a big star failed a steroid test and that it was covered up. Others in the company who don't feel it is true point to Jeff Hardy as an example of how a big star who was suspended just shortly before WrestleMania 24 in 2008 and that it doesn't matter what spot you are in or how popular you are. Either way, it got people talking backstage and created some interesting conversations.

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I highly doubt WWE bother even thinking about suspending there bigger names, as lets go back to 2008 Jeff was only a midcarder getting a push, fast forward 2009 and I highly doubt WWE would fire one of there top merchandise sellers, also with guys like Batista running around, it wouldnt be a surprise if he has failed countless wellness tests yet WWE doesnt do anything because of his name value and how much merch he sells.


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Quote A question was recently asked on an edition of Wrestling Observer Radio regarding Beth Phoenix not being used by WWE for nearly a month, noting she had been left off of television for four weeks. Considering four weeks is the approximate amount of time a talent suspended by WWE over a Wellness Policy violation would serve, this led the person to ask if she had failed a drug test. Show host Dave Meltzer replied she did not.

The conversation then transitioned into the hosts discussing how surprising it is that not a single woman has ever been contested by WWE's drug testing policy despite everything's that gone down over the last few years, specifically noting the various drug busts.

"I'm stunned," Meltzer said.

It cannot be said that the WWE female talent roster of the last few years has been 100% in compliance with the company's drug testing policy as at least a few female performers were indeed customers of Signature Pharmacy at one point, which closed shop in February 2007 after being raided by Albany County and Florida law enforcement agencies. Authorities allege that Signature Pharmacy illegally distributed steroids and other prescription drugs to clients who had not by examined by doctors, many of whom being professional wrestlers. Purchasing pharmaceuticals from an online pharmacy is a direct violation of WWE's drug testing policy.

During the radio show, Meltzer relayed a story from August 2007 about a WWE wrestler telling him how he was "scared to the death" that his name would show up on the Signature Pharmacy list because he had been getting drugs through them. The wrestler in question told Meltzer he got put in touch with Signature Pharmacy through one of the women's wrestlers, with the women's wrestler telling him "many of the women" get their stuff through Signature Pharmacy.

For those wondering why no female WWE performers' names came up on the dreaded list, simply put, they were very lucky. Due to the sheer enormity of the Signature Pharmacy client list, authorities were just not able to throughly investigate every single file and computer at the pharmacy's Orlando-based office. Many more wrestlers were customers of Signature Pharmacy, but were simply not named because every file and computer had not been searched - including all female wrestling talent as well as the wrestler who was "scared to the death." Those that were named - such as Mr. Kennedy, John Morrison and Charlie Haas - were unlucky as authorities just happened to come across their files. They could have just as easily not been caught had their files not been randomly searched.

As noted earlier, the drug of choice among women throughout the wrestling industry - presumably including WWE - is a weight loss diet pill called Zylene, which helps suppresses hunger. This pill is exclusively available online as it has not yet been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. However, Zylene has yet to be added to WWE's banned drugs list, so the company's female talent are free to use it without penalty.

 
* I'm also shocked no Diva as failed a test yet and think it's rather strange.
 
* I find it very hard to believe that since the Wellness has been around all the women have been 100% clean.
 
* As for the weight loss diet pill called "Zylene" i'm guessing Michelle McCool might us it.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote badguy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05/September/2009 at 04:41
yeah that is a surprise that no women wrestlers have yet to fail the wellness policy, the question would be there is, do wwe even test there divas? because i wouldnt be surprised if they don't.


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Quote source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

World Wrestling Entertainment has gotten much more strict with their Wellness Policy in recent months, especially in regards to painkiller and marijuana usage.

Company officials recently increased the fine for those who test positive on a marijuana test from $1,000 to $2,000 — which has been called the pot excise tax among some of the wrestlers. They are also testing for marijuana much more frequently than in the past with tests seemingly occurring at more than half of the television tapings. Particularly, those with failures in the past are being tested "all the time." While no one will be suspended over testing positive for marijuana — no matter how many failures — it can lead to wrestlers having their pushes stopped.

In regards to painkillers, WWE policy is that all prescriptions are required to be done through the doctors the company sends on the road, and then approved by Dr. Joseph C. Maroon, MD (Pittsburgh Steelers, Bruno Sammartino and John Cena's Neurosurgeon). Then, all approved prescription information is given to Dr. David Black, an independent third party who administers the company's drug testing policy. In case a talent fails a test, Dr. Black would know ahead of time that there was an approved prescription.

WWE's idea behind their Wellness Policy is to prevent loopholes, but it is definitely not foolproof. Particularly, WWE does not test for Human Growth Hormone, the muscle building drug of choice among talent in the higher income bracket. This explains why it is highly unlikely that a main eventer will ever fail a drug test as a result of muscle enhancing drugs — all have been either mid-carders or developmental talent since WWE started making drug suspensions public in November 2007. Perhaps the most notable wrestler to fail for muscle enhancing drugs is William Regal, who was in the midst of the biggest push of his life when he was suspended in May 2008. While more notable, both Jeff Hardy and Rey Mysterio did not fail for muscle enhancing drugs.

As far as the ladies are concerned, Mike Aldren of The Sun reported a few months ago that the drug of choice among women throughout the wrestling industry is a weight loss diet pill called Zylene. The pill's main ingredient is Hoodia Gordonii, which helps suppresses hunger. This weight loss supplement has not yet been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and is exclusively available online. It is somewhat expensive as a 30-day supply of the pill costs approximately $80.

This particular diet pill is not on WWE's banned drugs list, so the "Sexy, Smart and Powerful" Divas are free to use it without consequence. Likewise, while TNA claims to have a drug testing policy in place (they have yet to release their actual drug testing policy to the public), they have yet to suspend a single wrestler as a result of a failed drug test. Hence, female TNA talent can use the drug without consequence as well — and presumably anything else. TNA tested all wrestlers once for baseline testing in January 2008 (resulting in 43% of the roster testing positive for steroids or other drugs), but no further testing has been done since then.

* It shows what a mess the whole Wellness is when talents who have failed multiple times (like Rey Mysterio) can get a clean sheet for renegotiating their contract.

* By the same means when the day comes for Jeff Hardy to come back he will be back to zero as well.

* WWE on their corporate website should list talent that's failed and how many strikes they have got because it's all too confusing.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote badguy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08/September/2009 at 10:19
So they dont test those who use HGH? What a load of shit that is, yep the Wellness Policy isn't really as workable as we all would like to think.
 
Not surprised about TNA's wellness policy either, especially with guys like Angle and Scott Steiner still running around freely.


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Steven Nyte Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10/September/2009 at 00:14
*lol* no testing for HGH really puts the whole testing policy ad absurdum... I mean, if I wanted to put on muscle fast, the first pharmaceutical help I would turn to is HGH.... 
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