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Top 20 Wrestlers Who Have Been Found to Use PEDs

Performance enhancing drugs have been the dirty little secret that has plagued the wrestling industry for years. During the 80’s and early 90’s, “big men” ruled the wrestling industry. Wrestling has shown us over the years that large guys with incredible physiques get pushed faster than the smaller guys, even if they aren't better technical workers.  In 1993, the US government went after the biggest name in wrestling, Vince McMahon, accusing him of distributing steroids to his wrestlers. This brought a change of direction to wrestling, as smaller talented wrestlers like Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart were getting put over.

Steroids in wrestling are bit of a grey area, unlike in other major professional sports, as a wrestlers success can be determined on their physical features rather than their wrestling ability. This harsh truth can sway wrestlers into taking performance enhancing drugs. Furthermore, unlike other sports, wrestlers are on the road for over 300 days a year, wrestling four times a week. This type of lifestyle takes a toll on their bodies and taking performance enhancers can help with their recovery.

This list consists of only wrestlers that were determined or admitted to having used performing enhancing drugs and the many wrestlers that fans have speculated took steroids (we're looking at you Scott Steiner and Triple H) are not on this list. The ban on steroids came into effect in 1990, so many wrestlers on this list have admitted to having taken steroids prior to that date. However, they are not exempt because as role models to children they should have had better judgment.

20 20. Brian Adams (Crush)

via theofficialwrestlingmuseum.com

19 19. Shane Helms

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18 18. Funaki

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17 17. Chavo Guerrero

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16 16. John Morrison 

via prowrestling.com

15 15. Chris Masters

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14 14. William Regal

via mirror.co.uk

13 13. Ken Anderson

via whatculture.com

12 12. Umaga

via onlineworldofwrestling.com

11 11. Vince McMahon

via therichest.com

10 10. Edge

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9 9. Randy Orton

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8  8. Rick Rude

via onlineworldofwrestling.com

7 7. The British Bulldog

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Davey Boy Smith was a very talented technical wrestler who won numerous titles duing his career, Smith had his share of problems with painkillers and anabolic steroids. In 1992, Smith was released from the WWE for receiving shipments of human growth hormones from a pharmacy in Smith’s native country, England. Smith would bounce from WCW to WWE a couple of times in his career, though he would eventually get let go again by WWE for problems with addiction to prescription painkillers.

6 6. Superstar Billy Graham

via bleacherreport.com

5 5. Lex Luger

via allwrestlingsuperstars.com

4 4. Eddie Guerrero

via bleacherreport.com

3 3. The Ultimate Warrior 

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2 2. Chris Benoit

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1 1. Hulk Hogan

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Hulk Hogan once famously said that to be a real American, you need to “train, say your prayers, and eat your vitamins.” When Hogan was talking about vitamins, one can wonder if he was referencing steroids. Hulk Hogan, every child’s hero from the 80’s and 90’s, took anabolic steroids. Hogan testified in a federal trial in 1994 and admitted to using anabolic steroids for 14 years. He stated it wasn’t only for bodybuilding, but also for recovery for injuries. In Hogan’s defense, he said he thought it was legal because he had a prescription for it, which many WWE employees had at the time as they made orders to Dr. Zahorian, a physician known to distribute anabolic steroids. To be honest, Hogan’s steroid use does not come as a surprise since he was a monster of a man at 6'7" and 320lbs. Oh, and we can’t forget about his 24 inch pythons..BROTHER!

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