Professional Wrestlers Linked to Steroids?

Huh?! What?!

The hell you say!

Randy Orton, Ray Mysterio Jr., Edge, and Kurt Angle (Olympic gold medal in real wrestling) are all named.

Okay, taking steroids without a doctor’s prescription is illegal. Oh wait, the article says they had a prescription.

Either way, the gov’ment should do something about doctors prescribing dangerous steroids to people who don’t really need them. Maybe. But if they are going to go after them, I’d prefer they start with the “pain management” doctors prescribing Oxycontin.

No matter. When one competitor is juicing and the other isn’t, the playing field isn’t level and the sport loses its legitimacy. Oh wait, professional wrestling isn’t a legitimate sport with or without steroids. Why is Sports Illustrated mentioning it at all?

Having played with and against guys who are juicing, I can attest to the fact that they have a real advantage in the competition. That being said, if (legitimate) professional and amateur sports want to convince their fans (customers) that the sports are on the up and up, they will implement policies against performance enhancing drugs. Oh wait, they have.

Whether these policies are implemented correctly or not should be left up to the customer. If only the press would give some coverage to these sports that would uncover policy violations and report on them. Oh wait, they do.

Let’s be realistic and rational here. Professional wrestlers, body builders, mechanics, stay-at-home dads, cell phone salesmen, and meter readers taking steroids simply isn’t one of the major problems facing our society today. Randy Orton taking steroids to get bigger for a match against Edge with a predetermined outcome is no different to me than an actor taking steroids to bulk up for a role, as I’m sure has happened before.

For instance, what if the press (maybe Sports Illustrated?) reported that Edward Norton took steroids to prepare for his role in American History X, or Brad Pitt juiced for his role in Fight Club? Would we publicly condemn them? Would the movie lose anything?

This whole ordeal is nothing more than political grandstanding and foundation being laid for future returns. Baseball players called before congress to testify on steroids?!?!? C’mon. As far as investigative reporters go, I’m sure they aren’t actually that interested in being “the guys who ended steroid use in the WWE”. Their interest more than likely lies in being “the guys who investigated then wrote a best-selling book about steroid use in the WWE”.

I have some advice for the guys at Sports Illustrated. Professional wrestling is a cable outfit. Move on to something important, like investigating fixing on American Idol and Dancing With the Stars which are on network television and have far more viewers. Your potential book sales are much higher in this market. Plus, given the stereotype of professional wrestling fans, your book will not be read by them unless you get Mick Foley to write it for you.

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