The Complete List Of WWE Wellness Program Violations

Roman Reigns

Since February 2006, WWE has issued over 50 suspensions for violations of the Wellness Policy. Here is the complete list of those suspended.

In the wake of the death of Eddie Guerrero, WWE announced on February 27, 2006 that random drug tests would be conducted on all wrestlers on a regular basis. Talent would be subject to an average of four tests per year, and a minimum of two.

WWE Chairman Vince McMahon broke the news to the talent roster in a meeting held on February 27, 2006 at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C. before a combined Raw and SmackDown event.

Deemed the WWE Talent Wellness Program, the testing would detect the abuse of prescription medications, performance-enhancing drugs, and illegal recreational drugs. In addition, wrestlers would submit to cardiovascular stress tests to help detect heart problems. That examination, in particular, was designed to help pinpoint individuals who were vulnerable to massive heart attacks, such as the kind that killed Guerrero. The drug testing is administered by Aegis Sciences Corporation while the cardiac evaluations are handled by New York Cardiology Associates P.C.

Although tests would not be administrated to identify marijuana use, the program was considered to be on par with — if not superior to — those in Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association, and the National Football League.

Because of the strict procedures implemented by Aegis, it would be nearly impossible to cheat during testing because professionals would observe the collection of urine samples. Suspensions would result in punishment for offenders.

Here is the complete list of WWE talent known to be suspended due to violation of the policy.

Roman Reigns

Roman Reigns

What a difference a week can make in the career of a top WWE Superstar.

Heading into Money in the Bank, Roman Reigns was the WWE World Heavyweight Champion and regarded by Vince McMahon as one of two important anchors for the forthcoming Brand Extension. Then, at the show on June 19, he lost the WWE World Heavyweight Championship to Seth Rollins in a surprising clean pinfall. This would indicate that McMahon was wavering on his previous commitment to feature Reigns as the “face of the company.” Two days later, Reigns was suspended 30 days for his first violation of the Talent Wellness Program. He is the biggest WWE Superstar to be suspended for a violation of the program and at the most inopportune time.

WWE has not disclosed what led to the violation. Reigns has been pulled from his scheduled live event appearances, including a match against Rollins at Madison Square Garden on July 16.

Backed by other published reports, a source in WWE indicated to the Pro Wrestling Torch that organization officials were aware of the violation prior to Money in the Bank, prompting the decision to have Reigns drop the WWE World Heavyweight Championship to Rollins, who then lost the title to Dean Ambrose. That means when WWE announced a Triple Threat Match for Battleground on July 24, organization officials were aware Reigns would be suspended and unable to appear on television in the weeks leading up to the pay-per-view event. When McMahon instituted the Wellness Program, he had a policy that wrestlers could still appear on television even when suspended, but without pay. He privately contended that fans shouldn’t be punished for a wrestler’s mistake. His policy did not last.

Reigns acknowledged his suspension on Twitter, saying that he made a mistake.

“I apologize to my family, friends and fans for my mistake in violating WWE’s wellness policy. No excuses. I own it,” Reigns tweeted.

WWE Suspends 12 Wrestlers In August 2007

Umaga

Was it evidence that WWE meant business when it came to enforcing its drug testing policy, or rather proof that the policy was a sham to begin with? Whichever side you believed, it was hard not to notice the effects of WWE’s decision to suspend 11 performers accused of purchasing performance-enhancing drugs from an online pharmacy under investigation by authorities.

WWE officials met with prosecutors from the Albany County, New York, District Attorney’s office in August 2007 regarding information that several contracted performers were revealed to be customers of Signature Pharmacy, a Florida-based internet drug retailer accused of running a nationwide illegal steroid ring. At the end of the month, WWE officials had suspended 12 wrestlers: Charlie Haas, Chavo Guerrero, Chris Masters, Edge, Funaki, Gregory Helms, John Morrison, King Booker, Mr. Kennedy, Snitsky, Umaga and William Regal.

Although some news organizations depicted the suspensions as a crackdown on drug use in WWE, other observers said just the opposite was true. Sports Illustrated reported that some of the busted wrestlers were purchasing banned substances going back to the inception of the Wellness Policy in February 2006.

Charles Haas was prescribed anastrozole, somatropin, stanozolol, nandrolone and chorionic gonadotropin between August 2006 and January 2007, Sports Illustrated reported. He was suspended for 30 days for his first violation of the program.

According to Sports Illustrated, Chavo Guerrero, who found his uncle Eddie Guerrero dead in a Minneapolis hotel room, received, among other drugs, somatropin (HGH), nandrolone and anastrozole between April 2005 and May 2006. Since this was his second violation of the program, he was suspended for 60 days. It is unclear when he was previously suspended.

Chris Masters was identified as a client of Signature Pharmacy by ESPN.com. Since this was his first violation of the program, he was suspended for 30 days.

Edge received somatropin, genotropin (both HGH), and stanozolol between September 2004 and February 2007, Sports Illustrated reported. He was suspended for 30 days for his first violation of the program.

Funaki received somatropin in March 2006, Sports Illustrated reported. He was suspended for 30 days for his first violation of the program.

According to Sports Illustrated, Gregory Helms, received, among other drugs, testosterone, genotropin (HGH) and nandrolone between November 2003 and February 2007. It was previously reported by SI that he allegedly received HGH from an Arizona doctor in 2005. He was suspended for 30 days for his first violation of the program.

Sports Illustrated reported that between June 2006 and February 2007, John Morrison was prescribed somatropin, anastrozole, testosterone, stanozolol and human chorionic gonadotropin, a hormone produced naturally during pregnancy (hCG is taken by users of anabolic steroids to stimulate the production of testosterone, which is suppressed as a result of steroid use). He was suspended for 30 days for his first violation of the program.

King Booker was identified as a client of Signature Pharmacy by the New York Daily News. Since this was his second violation of the program, he was suspended for 60 days. It is unclear when he was previously suspended.

According to Sports Illustrated, Mr. Kennedy received shipments of anastrozole, somatropin and testosterone between October 2006 and February 2007. He was suspended for 30 days for his first violation of the program.

While Snitsky was not identified as a client of Signature Pharmacy, he was suspended 30 days for his first violation of the program. According to both PWInsider.com and the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, a drug test failure triggered the suspension.

Umaga received somatropin between July and December 2006, Sports Illustrated reported. He was suspended 30 days for his first violation of the program.

Sports Illustrated reported that William Regal received stanozolol, somatropin, genotropin, and anastrozole between November 2004 and November 2006. He was suspended 30 days for his first violation of the program.

Sports Illustrated also reported that the names of several deceased wrestlers also came up as customers of the dubious online pharmacy, including Eddie Guerrero, Chris Benoit and Brian Adams.

Other Wellness Program Violations

Randy Orton

» Adam Rose – Suspended for 60 days on April 16, 2016

» Afa Anoa’i, Jr. (Manu) – Suspended for 30 days on March 20, 2008

» Andy Leavine – Suspended for 30 days in August 2011

» Balls Mahoney – Suspended for 30 days in September 2006

» Carlito – Contract terminated on May 21, 2010

» Chris Kay – Suspended for 30 days in 2007

» Chris Kay – Suspended for 60 days in April 2007

» Chris Masters – Suspended for 60 days on November 2, 2007

» Darren Young – Suspended for 30 days on October 5, 2011

» Derrick Neikirk – Suspended for 30 days on January 15, 2008

» DH Smith – Suspended for 30 days on November 2, 2007

» Dolph Ziggler – Suspended for 30 days on October 10, 2008

» Drew Hankinson – Suspended for 30 days in October 2006

» Evan Bourne – Suspended for 30 days on November 1, 2011

» Evan Bourne – Suspended for 60 days on January 17, 2012

» Heath Slater – Suspended for 30 days on October 17, 2011

» Hornswoggle – Suspended for 30 days on September 26, 2015

» Jeff Hardy – Suspended for 30 days in July 2007

» Jeff Hardy – Suspended for 60 days on March 11, 2008

» Jimmy Wang Yang – Suspended for 30 days on June 9, 2008

» Kid Kash – Suspended for 30 days in July 2006

» Konnor – Suspended for 60 days on April 16, 2016

» Kurt Angle – Suspended for 30 days in June or July 2006

» Mike Chioda – Suspended for 30 days on August 15, 2011

» Neil Bzibziak – Suspended for 30 days on January 15, 2008

» Randy Orton – Suspended for 30 days in August 2006

» Randy Orton – Suspended for 60 days on May 30, 2012

» Rene Dupree – Suspended for 30 days in June 2006

» Rene Dupree – Suspended for 60 days in February 2007

» Rey Mysterio – Suspended for 30 days on August 27, 2009

» Rey Mysterio – Suspended for 60 days on April 26, 2012

» Ricardo Rodriguez – Suspended for 30 days on July 2, 2013

» Rob Van Dam – Suspended for 30 days in July 2006

» R-Truth – Suspended for 30 days on November 22, 2011

» Ryan O’Reilly (Konnor) – Suspended for 30 days in September 2006

» Ryan Reeves – Suspended for 30 days in July 2006

» Sin Cara – Suspended for 30 days on July 18, 2011

» Test – Suspended for 30 days in February 2007

» Umaga – Contract terminated on June 8, 2009

» William Regal – Suspended for 60 days on May 20, 2008

Suspensions Made Public By WWE

Chris Masters

Beginning on November 1, 2007, WWE claimed that all violations of its Substance Abuse and Drug Testing Policy would be made public. Here is a list of the first wrestlers to be publicly suspended by WWE.

Chris Masters (real name Christopher Robillard Mordetzky)On November 3, 2007, Chris Masters was suspended for 60 days for his second violation of WWE’s Substance Abuse and Drug Testing Policy. Six days later, Masters was released from his contract with WWE.

D.H. Smith (real name Harry Francis Smith)On November 3, 2007, D.H. Smith was suspended for 30 days for his first violation of WWE’s Substance Abuse and Drug Testing Policy. Smith served the suspension and returned to action on December 2, 2007 at a non-televised live event in Savannah, Georgia.

Chet Douglas (real name Neil Bzibziak)On January 15, 2008, developmental talent Chet Douglas was suspended for 30 days for his first violation of WWE’s Substance Abuse and Drug Testing Policy. Douglas, who was performing in Florida Championship Wrestling, returned to the ring on February 19, 2008. He was released from his contract with WWE the following week.

Derrick Linkin (real name Derrick Neikirk)On January 15, 2008, developmental talent Derrick Linkin was suspended for 30 days for his first violation of WWE’s Substance Abuse and Drug Testing Policy. Linkin was released from his contract with WWE later that month. He was performing for Florida Championship Wrestling at the time of his departure.

Jeff Hardy (real name Jeffrey Nero Hardy) – One day after dropping the Intercontinental Championship to Chris Jericho on Raw, Jeff Hardy was suspended for 60 days — on March 11, 2008 — for his second violation of WWE’s Substance Abuse and Drug Testing Policy. He was scheduled to compete in the Money in the Bank Ladder Match at WrestleMania XXIV but was pulled from the contest following the announcement. Hardy returned to action on the May 12, 2008 episode of Raw, where he beat Umaga.