The recent deaths of professional wrestlers Chris Benoit and Brian Adams have placed the WWE Wellness policy in the spotlight.
And, like Britney Spears as a mother, this system appears to have failed miserably.
WWE has announced as of last night that 10 of its employees have been suspended without pay for violating its internal drug policy.
Sports Illustrated, meanwhile, revealed that many wrestlers allegedly received steroids, growth hormone and other prescription drugs from a supposed Florida-based Internet drug network in the past two years.
A few of the bigger names involved include:
- Chavo Guerrero: Received somatropin (HGH), nandrolone and anastrozole from April 2005 to May 2006.
- Randy Orton: Received somatropin, nandrolone, and stanozolol from September 2004 to February 2007.
- John Morrison: Was prescribed somatropin, anastrozole, testosterone, stanozolol and chorionic gonadotropin from June 2006 to February 2007.
- Mr. Kennedy: Received anastrozole, somatropin and testosterone from October 2006 to February 2007.
- Umaga: Received somatropin between July and December 2006.
- William Regal: Received stanozolol, somatropin, genotropin, and anastrozole from November 2004 to November 2006.
- Edge: Received somatropin, genotropin (both HGH), and stanozolol from September 2004 and February 2007.
- Adams, who was not under WWE contract, received nandrolone, testosterone and Somatropin in December 2006.
- Benoit received nandrolone and anastrozole in February 2006.
Randy Orton is one of many big names in the WWE under investigation for illegal drug use.
These are wrestlers prominently involved in WWE story lines and matches. It's the equivalent of Audrina Patridge and Whitney Port being suspended from The Hills for illegal botoxing.
We'll keep you updated as this story develops, but at least Barry Bonds doesn't need to feel so alone now. Although he's still a giant dick.