More Backstage News on the Recent Wellness Suspensions For Robert Roode and Primo

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As reported earlier this week here on eWn, Robert Roode and Primo Colon were both suspended for 30 days due to WWE Wellness Policy violations. This was their first offense.

As noted, the WWE TLC pay-per-view was changed due to Roode’s suspension. Roode was set to team with Dolph Ziggler against The New Day. The company did an injury angle on RAW and wrote him out of the match. It’s likely that this is when his failure was discovered. For what it’s worth, the only people who are told about the drug test failures are the talent themselves, Vince McMahon and possibly Paul “Triple H” Levesque. The creative team was not told in advance.

It should be noted that nobody has failed a WWE Wellness Policy test in nearly three years. The UFC has frequent drug test failures, as well as a two-year suspension instead of 30 days for the first offense. One difference is that TUEs for testosterone are not allowed, but they are allowed in WWE. So when it looks like a wrestler may be on something, it’s possible that it’s just TUE. The report notes that this gives them “free reign for at least testosterone use and that’s the base of most cycles.”

Brock Lesnar’s contract doesn’t allow for drug testing (even after he tested positive in the UFC). Billy Gunn was fired for failing a test for highly elevated testosterone levels and getting suspended from powerlifting.


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