Dave Palumbo, who handles the nutrition and supplementation for Paul “Triple H” Levesque, made comments last week on independent wrestler Matt Riviera’s podcast that WWE’s drug policy allows for use of Hormone Replacement therapy (shooting testosterone), as well as HCG and HGH.
During the interview, Riviera began questioning how Triple H could have gotten in such great shape for WrestleMania and that leads to a conversation about what WWE talents are allowed to take under the Wellness Policy. Palumbo, pointing out that WWE isn’t a competitive sport, claimed the policy allows the use of Hormone Replacement therapy, as well as HCG and HGH.
“The good thing about wrestling is that because it’s not a professional sport per se, more entertainment, they are allowed to take hormone replacement,” Palumbo said. “So they can go to HRT places, they can get testosterone — 100 mg a week, whatever they prescribe nowadays — they can get hCG, they can do hGH if they want. Those are acceptable, and a lot of the wrestlers do it. It’s not for me to say who’s using what, but they’re very minimal doses.”
Riviera also asked Palumbo if Triple H was on “large doses of steroids” in order to achieve his physique.
“No,” Palumbo replied. “They can’t do it, believe me. I’m sure he would love to do it.”
WWE issued a statement to media outlets stating that both hGH and hCG are on the list of banned substances, although approximately 7% of talent have exemptions due to “certain medical conditions.”
WWE’s statement reads: WWE’s comprehensive Talent Wellness Policy, which is administered by an independent, third-party, clearly states hGH and hCG are among a long list of banned substances, however, due to certain medical conditions, there are a variety of therapeutic exemptions that account for approximately 7% of our contracted talent.”