WWE Bill Of Rights Amendment X: Wellness Drug Policy and The Doghouse
We as Americans have fought for our rights. The road has been long and difficult, but we've made it through.
WWE superstars have had to fight for their rights, too. Luckily, the association has deemed the passage of some necessary. So what's the next Amendment?
Amendment X: Wellness Drug Policy/Doghouse
Ladies and gentleman, children of all ages..."Welcome to the DOGHOUSE!"
Roaddog and Billy Gunn used to excite the crowd years ago in the Attitude Era. They were the New Age Outlaws, and when you heard "Doghouse", you were hyped.
Unfortunately, the WWE's "doghouse" isn't something to get excited about. Thing is, there isn't an actual doghouse; it's a figure of speech.
The "doghouse" is a term used to say that a superstar is on bad terms with WWE Creative or the association in general. There are various ways to gain entry to said "building", but there are two that are more common than the rest.
First is conflict; even WWE superstars have conflicts. It can be outside the arena or it can be backstage. Some superstars overstep their boundaries when they give their two cents on other superstars or Creative; but we'll address that in a bit.
Suspension is an obvious consequence for bad actions. Randy Orton is no stranger to this. In his earlier days, he was quite a handful. He really was the cocky, arrogant character that he portrayed. He trashed a hotel room and had no problem telling people off. Vince & Co. were really trying to get through to him, so Orton was punished.
He has been suspended more than once. He even once received a 60-day suspension. The Company wanted to keep Randy, but they had to put him in the doghouse so that he would hopefully cause fewer problems in the future.
He lost the Royal Rumble and Wrestlemania 22, and then Kurt Angle "broke" his ankle so he could serve his suspension. And now, Randy Orton seems to have learned his lesson.
But one guy who still hasn't learned is Chris Masters. He got serious heat for violating the Wellness Drug Policy; he broke the rules numerous times and got released, as WWE was fed up with his disobedience.
Regal was another one who violated the policy and got his own 60-day suspension for the trouble he caused.
There have been loopholes, though. Edge and Randy Orton took drugs before the Wellness Policy was actually passed.
But the thing with those two is, they're too important to get much of a punishment anyway. It's the same with Batista and Rey Mysterio: They were also violators, but didn't really receive punishment because of their popularity.
Of course, superstars aren't only put in the doghouse for drug violations. As stated above, there are also conflicts.
MVP was recently in the doghouse, and it was rough. He's got a big mouth backstage and doesn't know when to keep it shut. WWE didn't want to take him off television, so they set him and his gimmicks aside for a while.
MVP had a serious losing streak and was losing every time he appeared in the ring. He was no longer the highest-paid superstar in Smackdown history; his furniture was repossessed on his show The MVP Lounge. Luckily for MVP, the storm has passed and he's finally out of that most of undesireable homes.
Shelton Benjamin also spent some time in there when he was running his "Momma" bit. Shelton was accompanied everywhere, including into the ring, by his mother, who was on a walker and needed oxygen from time to time. It was even more embarrassing than it sounds.
Many superstars look like they're in the doghouse today. Tommy Dreamer's one of them; the man can't catch a break. He's been losing for about forever now, and his future doesn't look too bright.
Cryme Tyme is close to being banished to that domicile of canines as well. They've felt heat from WWE, and now are getting some more. The association isn't satisfied with Shad's production, and that doesn't bode well for the tag team.
Carlito was in the doghouse when he was on RAW and was extremely unhappy. He did his time but got out when he went to Smackdown. He is now a tag-team champion along with his brother, Primo Colon.
There is also the Creative doghouse. A superstar can be put in there without drug or conflict problems; the WWE might just not have anything for their act. No story plus no airtime equals doghouse. Superstars like Big Show, The Great Khali, Chavo Guerrero, and Dolph Ziggler have all been in this situation. R-Truth hasn't been seen that often lately, and could eventually end up in timeout.
Christian might just join him, too. He left the WWE for TNA years ago, but it's time for him to earn his keep again. Some stars just aren't being used by Creative, and they get the axe. Victims that come to mind include Gene Snitsky, Elijah Burke, and Hardcore Holly.
In summary, we can look at these four storylines as the impetus for Amendment X: Randy Orton's backstage troubles (New Generation Era), MVP's losing streak (New Generation Era), Shelton Benjamin's "Momma" storyline (New Generation Era), and Cryme Tyme's troubles (New Generations)
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