Steroids, Suspensions, and Releases. Will Wrestling Ever Be The Same?
First of all I would like to thank Ron Johnson for coming up with the idea for this article. Haha.
Steroids, or any drug for that matter, have been a hot topic in sports for the past few years and unlike the NBA or the NFL, the wrestling world is still suffering from the effects of the steroid allegations that have been running around them over the past few years.
I'm not going to beat around the bush. The question is, will wrestling ever recover from the steroid allegations and all of these WWE wellness suspensions?
The truth? No chance in hell. Wrestling will never be the same again. How could it? Thanks to these allegations, we have wrestlers getting suspended and eventually someone (coughJeffHardycough) will get their third suspension and get fired. If this went on in the 80s-90s, you would have one pissed off Warrior or a very angry giant.
Don't get me wrong. I am glad that the WWE is re-enforcing their Wellness Policy, but there is no doubting that it has hurt not only the credibility of pro wrestling, but the business as a whole. It need to be done.
Have you seen the list of wrestlers who have died before 50? It's forever long. I'm glad something has been done to protect the safety of the performers, but truth be told it has, in some ways at least, damaged wrestling as a whole.
I don't think wrestling will go back to the way it was before the Benoit double murder-suicide. That was when things really changed. After someone snaps like that and kills his own family, everyone takes notice.
Ever since then, Pro Wrestling has become a very different place. A better one, but now we have we have guys getting suspended (without pay, I'll assume) and when guys like Jeff Hardy get suspended it really does damage their in-ring career. Which is never a good thing, but that's the price the performers must pay.
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