Anyone and everyone is subject to the WWE’s current Wellness Policy program. Over the duration the policy has been in place, some of the biggest names in wrestling have been nabbed and more probably will considering the WWE seems to have taken the issues with recreational drug use and performance enhancers seriously. Paige, Alberto Del Rio, Roman Reigns, Rob Van Dam, Ryback, Randy Orton and others are among the notable offenders.
The sheer amount of Superstars getting caught shines a spotlight on the difference between the WWE of the last decade vs. the early years when WWE went national. Back then, almost everyone was dabbling in steroids and other ways of standing apart from the crowd. Once the WWE started to bring the hammer down, it was the middle group of WWE Legends who got dinged the hardest.
Don’t believe us? Below is a list of five of the most famous WWE Legends to have been busted violating the WWE Wellness Policy.
5. Rey Mysterio
Before Eddie Guererro’s untimely passing (the reason WWE began to crack down), he was the poster boy for how a smaller talent could look huge with the help of performance enhancers. No WWE Superstar was closer to Guererro than Rey Mysterio and no WWE Superstar was smaller. It could have been for those two reasons Mysterio got suspended twice.
The first time he was dinged was on August 27, 2009 and Mysterio was suspended for 30 days. He was then caught again on April 26, 2012, and suspended for 60 days. His issues with the WWE and their policy ultimately led to him leaving the company.
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4. Booker T
Booker T is the five-time, five-time, five-time…. (well you get it). Fortunately, he was only caught and suspended twice for violating the WWE’s Wellness Policy. In 2007, when he was known as King Booker, he got suspended for 30 days. Later that year, in August, he was caught again and suspended for 60 days.
Booker T left the company for a while and did a stint in TNA and other independent promotions before returning to the WWE. He is currently employed as a commentator but wouldn’t rule out returning to the ring one day.
3. William Regal
William Regal’s struggle with drugs and alcohol are well known. His battle almost cost him his job in WWE and it did cost him his job in WCW. Fortunately, he found a friend and believer in Vince McMahon, got his life back together, and is now one of the most trusted agents in the company.
He’s currently the general manager of NXT but was suspended in August 2007 for 30 days and then again in May 2008 for 60 days. Regal has publicly claimed on multiple occasions that he owes his life to the WWE.
2. Kurt Angle
Kurt Angle is back as the general manager of Raw but there was a time that it was uncertain he would ever return. His life was almost completely railroaded by painkillers and alcohol and he refused to seek treatment which led to his departure from the WWE.
He was only suspended once in June of 2006, but his life was a mess and he had to work many years in TNA while trying to kick his habit. He was finally welcomed back to WWE and was forgiven by Vince McMahon who loved him like a son. Any further violations would probably mean the end of his wrestling career.
The “Rated R Superstar” is one of the most decorated talents in WWE history. That said, Edge didn’t get to that point without a blip on the radar. He was caught for violating the Wellness Policy in August of 2007 (must have been something in the water that year) and suspended for 30 days.
Part of Edge’s issues were likely pain-related as he had to retire early due to continued neck issues. Today he is currently an on-again/off-again talent the WWE uses to promote certain events and WWE Network specials. He was immediately voted into the WWE Hall of Fame upon his retirement.
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