Published on May 17th, 2015 | by Pro Wrestling Stories0
DRUGS IN WRESTLING: ‘The Truth About Steroids and the Destructive Lifestyles of Wrestlers on the Road.’
AS DISCUSSED BY HULK HOGAN, SHERRI MARTEL, LEX LUGER, ULTIMATE WARRIOR, THE ROCK AND MORE…
World Wrestling Entertainment has come a long way in regards to wellness, well-being and drug testing. Nowadays, wrestlers are regularly tested for performance-enhancing drugs such as HGH and steroids. If violations are made, fines and suspensions are handed out accordingly. WWE has also done an admirable job with looking out for wrestlers from the past, offering support and fronting the costs of rehabilitation programs, if needed. This wasn’t always the case.
If you were ever looking for a comprehensive, retrospective tell-all view on the past state of drugs in the world of professional wrestling, look no further. Many prominent names from the past and present give their take on drugs in the business and how it affected theirs and other lives.
As Ultimate Warrior was quoted as saying, “Bottom line is, there is differences between use and abuse – and it’s obvious that many guys crossed the line…” Unfortunately for many quoted in this article, they aren’t around today to tell a story with a positive ending.
“In sports, the saying is: ‘The ends justifies the means.’ We are taught that since we were little. ‘Do whatever you got to do to win; to be the best; step over, step on and step through…’ That is how all this performance-enhancing drugs got into our culture. And that leads to guys wanting to take shortcuts. And then, cheat until you get caught. And then lie…”
‘SUPERSTAR’ BILLY GRAHAM:
“It is absolutely the nature of the beast of pro wrestling to be dishonest, to lie, to cheat, to steal, and to deceive. After all, back in the day when we were kayfabing everybody our sole goal was deception; to make the thing a reality. We lived that deception…”
“It was kind of a wave of what was the correct thing to do at the time. In the ’70s, 80′s, doctors would write you a prescription for a steroid; every sport in the world was doing it. The mindset was, ‘It was safer than taking sugar’…”
“I was an offensive guard. Back then, they were quick, pulling guards – not 300-pound monsters. I wanted to look good on the beach, so I had slimmed down to about 235 pounds. Now here it’s February and camp starts in May, and I needed to be at least about 255…so I had to gain weight quick…”
“I tried it. Me and my buddies tried it back in the day when I was 18 or 19 [as a defensive lineman for the University of Miami] We didn’t know what we were doing…”
“A lot of people didn’t know about steroids then. Nowadays little kids go, ‘Oh [that guy’s] on steroids…’ But back then, nobody knew. What really prompted me was when I started noticing the attention that these guys got from women…like when they walked through the mall. you know, I’d be behind them and [girls would be whispering] ‘Did you see that guy…’ And I thought, ‘Wow…I want that…'”
“A guy in the gym said, ‘Buddy, these little blue pills are called Dianabol…’ I took four a day, five milligrams apiece. You get on these steroids and you train better, eat more. And you retain water from them. So I gained 15 pounds in about two months. I jumped on it and it worked. And it is the same old thing: Once you do something one time, it leads to another. And then I started in the offseason, where I would do one cycle for 12 weeks. A friend of mine was an exercise physiologist. She monitored my blood [levels]. I never took it in-season. I’d just take it in the offseason to build as much strength as I could…”