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Pro wrestling joins MLB on tough drug testing policy

Tony Vancouver | Interrobang | Sports | November 28th, 2005



I'm not sure whether to applaud or chastise the WWE on their new drug testing policy. For too long wrestlers have relied on various substances to help them perform. Some took prescription meds, others illegal drugs, and still others in attempts to bulk up steroids or human growth hormones. Just like Major League Baseball, the wink wink, we don't see what you're doing years are done. It's unfortunate it took the death of Eddie Guerrero to prompt this, but there have been times in the past the WWE could have taken steps to aid their workers….Brian Pillman, Jake Roberts, Curt Henning, Rick Rude and so may others come to mind. But those were the days of wrestling wars and competing promotions and the object was to beat your opponent at whatever cost.

While the WWE's drug testing policy is long overdue, I think it's bound to fail. While it may help clean up the WWE locker room, substance abuse is any industry wide problem, indeed a global problem. So if someone like Nick “Eugene” Dinsmore, who was just suspended by WWE for abusing pain meds (the guy has been working though a knee problem so he wouldn't lose his spot on the roster) is fired, he could possibly land in TNA, wrestle the indy scene, or go to Japan or any other nation with a wrestling culture and earn a paycheque. Until all wrestling organizations join together in wiping the industry clean of substance abuse the WWE's attempt smacks more of, “look what were trying to do” rather than a concerted effort to better the lives of its employees. Of course, wrestlers themselves have to take responsibility for their own actions but the culture they work within is created by management, and fears for your job if you are hurt provoke many to work with pain, and that's a recipe for disaster. Of course if only the wrestlers unionized then maybe their work culture would improve.

TNA unveils newest edition Christian Cage, fresh from walking away from the WWE and their television rating goes down from a .8 to a .6. Not sure what to make of this, but surely Christian has more peeps than this. At least they didn't have Christian come in and hotshot a title win. Instead he gets to battle Monty Brown….before making a run at the title.

I think as a wrestling fan, the impending feud between Samoa Joe and AJ Styles is going to be some of the best wrestling anyone has seen in years.

Had the opportunity to watch the CBC program Roughcuts the other night featuring the legendary Tiger Jeet Singh. While many of you may have never seen Tiger wrestle, he is a legend in Japan, the classic footage of Tiger battling Antonio Inoki at the Tokyo Dome has to be seen to believed. Tiger's battles with the Original Sheik were also documented. For any wrestling fan I would suggest checking out the CBC website to see when this documentary will air again.
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