TMZSports.com is reporting that Brock Lesnar will not be punished by WWE following his multiple drug test failures that were revealed following the UFC 200 pay-per-view event. According to a WWE spokesperson, Lesnar will not be suspended from the company and will perform at SummerSlam as advertised.
As for the reason behind this? The WWE spokesperson says only “full-time WWE performers” are subject to the company’s Wellness Policy testing. Lesnar’s part-time status (19 matches in the past three years) makes him exempt from WWE’s drug testing policy. The spokesperson told TMZ Sports the following,
“WWE’s talent wellness program does not apply to part-time performers such as Brock Lesnar.”
You can read the full report from TMZSports.com below:
Brock Lesnar will NOT be disciplined by the WWE for his UFC 200 drug test failures … and WILL perform at SummerSlam as planned … TMZ Sports has learned.
A WWE spokesperson tells us … only full-time WWE performers are subject to the organization’s wellness policy, which prohibits PEDs … but since Brock isn’t a full-time performer, he’s essentially exempt.
“WWE’s talent wellness program does not apply to part-time performers such as Brock Lesnar,” the spokesperson said.
We confirmed with the WWE that Brock has only performed in 19 matches over the past 3 years (4 in ’14, 8 in ’15, 7 in ’16) … and that the average full-time WWE superstar wrestles more than 200 matches per year.
One well-connected source broke down the situation like this — WWE is show business, not a regulated athletic competition … and the wellness program is only designed to keep the “full-time” performers healthy.
Bottom line — Brock will be in the squared circle on August 21st … no matter what happens to him in the UFC.