The world of drug use is, unfortunately, one that the business of pro wrestling has a long and complicated relationship with, and many WWE Superstars have been caught. From the use of steroids and performance-enhancing drugs to the abuse of much more sinister substances in some Superstars' spare time (and sometimes in the company's time). WWE actually has a drug test that's been in place since 1987. At that time, the testing occurred strictly in-house and would have been nothing like the processes they use today. The wellness policy that is currently in place has existed since 2006. It was introduced following the death of Eddie Guerrero in order to help protect the company and its Superstars and has undergone many changes in order to improve it since it began. It uses a three-strike policy, and here are a few Superstars that already have a strike or two to their name.
No offense to the extremely talented Jeff Hardy, but it will likely come as no surprise to most fans that the former WWE Champion dabbled in drug use. The Charismatic Enigma's lowest point likely came while in TNA and he had the opportunity to wrestle Sting. Hardy came to the ring drugged up to a point that he didn't even know where he was. The match still happened, but not really. Sting pinned Jeff's shoulders to the mat and made his way back to the locker room to a chorus of boos, understandably. On top of that unfortunate incident, hardy has actually been busted under WWE's wellness policy a couple of times. One more and he's out, although WWE will likely argue that because he left and came back it will be a clean slate and strike one again. Let's hope it doesn't come to that.
Dolph Ziggler is an example of a man who has overcome a wellness policy suspension and learned his lesson after just the one 30-day suspension. The Showoff was an extremely lucky man though considering the very poor timing of his suspension. Ziggler already enjoyed a stint on the main roster as a part of the Spirit Squad, then in September 2008, he was repackaged as what we know him as today. Before he had the chance to even wrestle a match, however, Ziggler was caught by the wellness policy and suspended for 30-days. The former World Champion likely thought that was it for him and it really could have been. Clearly, WWE saw something in him, no matter what Ziggler and the fans might think because as soon as his suspension was over he picked right back up where he had left off.
Randy Orton is one man who seems impervious to WWE's wrath. A product of the famous OVW class of 2002 alongside the likes of Brock Lesnar and John Cena, a third generation Superstar and the son of the legendary Cowboy Bob Orton, plus he is currently a 13 time World Champion, it's easy to see why. Randy Orton has certainly tried WWE's patience when it comes to their wellness policy though. The Viper has been suspended not once, but twice. The first violation came in 2006 and then Orton was suspended again in 2012 with the rules stating that the second suspension is 60 days instead of the 30 that wrestlers get for the first violation. It was six years between Orton's two violations and the second was almost six years ago now too, so The Apex Predator is due another and that would put him and WWE in a very sticky situation.
In all honesty, Paige is probably extremely lucky to still have a job with WWE. Most fans, us included, are very happy that she is still employed with the company and we're eagerly awaiting her in-ring return. It has been a turbulent year for Paige though, and during that period, the former Divas' Champion has been suspended two times. Both times have seen vociferous protests from the British Superstar too. Paige claimed amidst the news of her initial suspension that it was a misunderstanding and it was actually due to a procedural issue. Less than two months later, Paige was suspended again. Although she claims that she failed due to prescription drugs she was taking following her neck surgery it would appear that both suspensions still stand.
Yes, even the seemingly untouchable Roman Reigns has fallen foul to WWE's rigorous drug testing policy. The timeline for this one is a little hazy though. So in June 2016, WWE announced that Reigns had been suspended for 30 days under their wellness policy. The thing is WWE allegedly knew about the violation before that and had Reigns wrestle and lose the WWE Championship at Money In The Bank a few days earlier. That way, they wouldn't have to suspend their champion or strip him of the title. Another unique element of The Big Dog's suspension was that WWE acknowledged it on television, plus continued to advertise him for The Shield's triple threat match at Battleground for which Reigns was back in time for.
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