Like we didn’t all know that WWE (WWF) wrestlers used and bought steroids ??? REALLY
no way

you mean these 250lbs. , 5% bodyfat guys DO NOT use steroids? ARE YOU SERIOUS?
is this world full of idiots or what

we all know that wrestlers use steroids, what else you want to know?
DOes WWE wrestlers buying steroids surprise anyone?

I mean I’m not shocked.
but explain to me, what did they do wrong?

these guys had a legitimate prescription to BUY steroids!!!!!!! so what exactly what wrong here? I mean let’s be seroius.  Now every guy in the NFL uses steroids, why aren’t we picking on them ? or is it that don’t ask don’t tell policy ??? but with steroids LOL

 

Six pro wrestlers linked to steroids investigation
Several top WWE stars have been named as havingreceived steroids and human growth hormone in an ongoing investigation into Internet drug sales.

While that’s not exactly earth-shattering news in the wrestling world, it was the latest headline as part of a major sports story that has been making the mainstream rounds in recent weeks.

A report last week on Sports Illustrated’s Web site linked six pro wrestlers – Randy Orton, Edge (Adam Copeland), Rey Mysterio (Oscar Gutierrez), Gregory “Hurricane” Helms (Shane Helms), Kurt Angle and the late Eddie Guerrero – to a nationwide steroids probe. The first four are WWE performers. Angle and Guererro are former WWE champs. Angle, a former Olympic gold medalist, left WWE for TNA last year, while Guerrero died of what was believed to be a steroid-related heart ailment in 2005.

According to documentation viewed by SI reporters Luis Fernando Llosa and L. Jon Wertheim, Dr. David Wilbirt of Arizona, who is under investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency for writing 3,879 prescriptions for patients who requested drugs over the Internet, was linked to several of the wrestlers.

The reporters have been investigating an alleged illegal steroid distribution network that has implicated numerous pro athletes including baseball’s Gary Matthews Jr., Jose Canseco, Jerry Hairston Jr., John Rocker and David Bell, and former heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield.

Wilbirt, who lost his medicallicense in 2005, allegedly was part of a scheme similar to the one that has been unraveling over the past few weeks after Albany, N.Y., District Attorney David Soares led a multi-agency raid on Signature Compounding Pharmacy in Orlando. Investigators have targeted physicians who allegedly wrote prescriptions for patients they had never seen, “anti-aging” clinics that hired them and pharmacies that filled the prescriptions.

SI reported on its Web site last week that wrestlers Copeland and Helms received human growth hormone from Applied Pharmacy in Mobile, Ala., one of the pharmacies raided in the investigation led by Soares. Orton allegedly received eight prescriptions for six different drugs – stanozolol, nandrolone, anastrozole, Clomiphene citrate, oxandrolone and testosterone – between March 2004 and August 2004. According to the documents, Orton’s prescriptions came from the same two doctors whose names appeared on the prescriptions in major league outfielder Gary Matthews Jr.’s file.

Prescriptions for the steroids nandrolone and stanozolol also allegedly were issued for Gutierrez. Guerrero was listed as having been billed and sent stanazol.

SI said it had seen the names of 11 wrestlers in documents it reviewed. The recent report only named six whose names had shown up on the customer lists of pharmacies that have been busted for filling illegal prescriptions for the banned performance-enhancing drugs.

A statement released by WWE said the allegations reported by SI occurred before the organization implemented its talent wellness program.

“The WWE policy prohibits the use of performance-enhancing drugs, as well as other prescription drugs which can be abused, if taken for other than a legitimate medical purpose pursuant to a valid prescription from a licensed and treating physician. For purposes of WWE’s policy, prescriptions obtained over the Internet and/or from suppliers of prescription drugs from the Internet are not considered to have been given for a legitimate medical purpose.”

Copeland responded to theallegations on his MySpace page, admitting that he received HGH from a pharmacy in 2003, but added that he already had admitted doing so on Canada’s “Off The Record” sports talk show in 2004.

“I won’t try to defend my actions,” he said. “I took them when coming back from my spinal fusion neck surgery when I was told by doctors that it would help the bones grow back around the screws and plate that were now inserted in my neck. I’m not glorifying. I’m not condoning. Just telling you why I decided to take them. I took blood tests, consulted doctors, read up, studied them, got prescriptions and decided to do it.”

Helms also defended his position on his MySpace account, saying that he went through a doctor following a knee injury several years ago, bypassing the prospect of more serious surgery.

“I would like to think that it’s well in my human rights to take whatever a doctor tells me to if it helps my condition and relieves my pain. Isn’t that what everyone goes to a doctor for? Shane Helms committed no crime and did absolutely nothing illegal. And that is a fact.”

“Trust me, there are a million ways to get any kind of legal or illegal medicine/drug you want,” he added. “However, I was under the assumption that going through a doctor, getting treatment and therapy for a totally legal medicine was the right way to go about dealing with this particular injury. And this injury that might have led to surgery had I not taken the therapy that I did … Besides, look at me, I’m not 300 pounds of muscle. The biggest I’ve ever been is 215, I’m not abusing anything other that the abuse my body takes doing the job I love.”

Three-time WCW heavyweight champ Diamond Dallas Page (Page Falkinburg), who retired from the ring in 2002, said he wasn’t surprised at all by the report.

“All of this attention on the wrestlers right now is unfortunate, but it’s entertainment,” Page told The Post and Courier. “It’s not like it’s the Olympics.”

Page, 50, who admitted taking steroids during his ring career, said steroid usage is prevalent in all fields of sports and entertainment, including the movie industry.

“I’m not afraid to admit what I’ve done. I did steroids. But I don’t do them now. But you know what? Everybody in the NFL … in baseball … they make choices and give up other health issues. … This is entertainment no matter what. These guys know what they’re doing. It’s their lives. I’m not saying it’s right or it’s wrong, but this is America.”

He pointed to the fans’ insatiable appetite for bigger and better. Page said steroid usage isn’t encouraged by promoters, but the fans put pressure on performers in all sports to improve and do better.

“They want a faster 40. They want to see the ball hit out of the park. They want to see a faster fastball. NASCAR’s the hottest thing on the planet. How much faster can those cars go? Now they’ve got movies that are digitalized. It is what it is.”

Page, who started late in the wrestling business at the age of 36, said he needed an extra edge in spite of a strong work ethic. But it’s been years since he resorted to performance-enhancing substances.

–Thanks to Ron Coward of North Charleston for pointing out that the San Diego Chargers’ “Fearsome Foursome” of the early ’60s consisted of Ernie Ladd, Earl Faison, Ron Neary and Bill Hudson – not Richard Hudson – as I had listed in last week’s column.

Bill Hudson was a 1953 graduate of North Charleston High School where he was selected as All America in football and all state in basketball. He went on to Clemson (as did four older brothers before him) where he was a three-year starter finishing in 1957. He played pro football in Montreal from 1957-59 and then went to San Diego where he and Jack Kemp were co-captains. Coward reports that Hudson, a member of the Clemson Athletic Hall of Fame, went on to become very successful in business and is now semi-retired in Spartanburg.

–WWE announced last week that Wrestlemania 24 will be held March 30, 2008, at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla. It will be the first outdoor Wrestlemania since 1993 in Las Vegas.

The Hall of Fame ceremonies will be March 29, 2008, at the Amway Arena in Orlando, Fla.

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