Former WWE Superstar Simon Dean recently raised some controversial points about why he doesn't think steroid use in wrestling is a bad thing.
The use of steroids is something that has hung over the wrestling industry for decades. All the way back to the steroid trial during the 1990s, and beyond, where Vince McMahon was accused of forcing and encouraging WWE Superstars to use steroids. In the present day, WWE has its very own wellness policy where if a wrestler tests positive for a performance-enhancing drug, they will receive a suspension.
Pro wrestling isn't the only arena where performance-enhancing drugs are banned, of course. In fact, we'd venture to guess that they are banned in all sports, and that all athletes are being tested sporadically for them, at least on a professional level. However, despite the punishment that comes with being caught, athletes worldwide continue to use steroids.
Most people are in agreement that steroids are a bad thing. However, former WWE Superstar Simon Dean does not fall into the majority. During a recent interview with The Hannibal TV, he opened up about why he doesn't understand the taboo behind performance-enhancing drugs, particularly in wrestling. "What performance are you enhancing? You know I never understood that, right? Because it’s predetermined," Dean told the interviewer.
That's certainly a point worth pondering. In the grander scheme of things, the semi-retired wrestler spoke about how steroids are a controlled substance. That means the side effects of taking them haven't really been tested to any great extent. Dean believes that because they are a controlled substance, they should be as accessible and okay to use as cigarettes or alcohol. An interesting take and one that many will likely disagree with.
While there may not have been extensive testing on what steroid use can do to the body or the mind, there are certainly a fair few assumptions. For starters, a term commonly known as "roid rage." Simply put, using steroids for a long period of time can supposedly cause the user to unexpectedly fly off the handle. There are instances of it apparently happening to wrestlers. It will be interesting to see if anyone else in the business comes out in support of Dean's controversial take upon hearing the interview.