Posted By Matthew Michaels on 08.31.2007
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</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="" valign="top">Sports Illustrated reporters Luis Fernando Llosa and L. JonWertheim have revealed huge new details on pro wrestlers connected tothe Signature Pharmacy drug investigation:
Eddie Guerrero - Received nandrolone, testosterone (principalmale sex hormone, from the androgen group, and an anabolic steroid) andanastrozole (used to counter affects of steroids such as waterretention and breast enlargement) two weeks before his November 13,2005 death
Chris Benoit - February 2006 (the Wellness Program wasimplemented on February 27) - Received anastrozole and nandrolone (ananabolic steroid occurring naturally in the human body in smallquantities)
Chavo Guerrero - Between April 2005 and May 2006 - Somatropin (human growth hormone), nandrolone and anastrozole, among other drugs
Shane (Gregory) Helms - Between November 2003 and February 2007 - Testosterone, genotropin (HGH) and nandralone, among other drugs
Randy Orton - Between September 2004 and February 2007 -Somatropin, nandrolone and stanazolol(a synthetic anabolic steroidderived from testosterone)
John Hennigan (Morrison) - Between June 2006 and February 2007 -Somatropin, anastrozole, testosterone, stanazolol and chorionicgonadotropin (a hormone produced naturally during pregnancy, HCGstimulates the production of testosterone suppressed as a result ofsteroid use)
Ken Anderson (Kennedy) - Between October 2006 and February 2007 - Anastrozole, somatropin and testosterone
Shoichi Funaki - March 2006 - Somatropin
Brian Adams (Crush) - December 2006 (he retired in 2001 and wasn't under WWE contract at the time) - Nandrolone, testosterone and somatropin
Charlie Haas - August 2006 and January 2007 - Anastrozole, somatropin, stanazolol, nandrolone and HCG
Eddie Fatu (Umaga) - Between July 2006 and December 2006 - Somatropin
Darren Matthews (William Regal) - Between November 2004 and November 2006 - Stanozolol, somatropin, genotropin and anastrozole
Adam Copeland (Edge) - Between September 2004 and February 2007 - Somatropin, genotropin and stanazolol
Sylvain Grenier - Between February 2005 and July 2006 - Somatropin, nandrolone, genotropin and stanazolol
The full story can be found at SI.com (which reported in Marchthat Kurt Angle, Eddie Guerrero, Rey Mysterio, Orton, Helms and Edgewere linked to steroids or HGH in the "Operation Netroids"investigation).
To recap, the following wrestlers were named as having connections to Signature today in the New York Daily News:
Charles Haas, Jr.
Adam "Edge" Copeland
Robert "Booker T" Huffman
Shane "Gregory" Helms
Mike "Simon Dean" Bucci
Anthony "Santino Marella" Carelli
John "Johnny Nitro"/"John Morrison" Hennigan
Darren "William Regal" Matthews
Ken "Mr. Kennedy" Anderson
Eddie "Umaga" Fatu (added to updated version of article)
Shoichi Funaki (added to updated version of article)
Additionally, these names were revealed by ESPN.com:
Chris "Masters" Mordetsky
Brian "Crush" Adams
Here are some other notes on the situation, from Dave Meltzer at WrestlingObserver.com:
- The SI.com story must have included new evidence because the Observerreceived government evidence in May listed Edge as "not having receivedanything doctors were under investigation for in several years."
- With Morrison and Umaga champions, and Orton in a major RAW program,Meltzer surmises that the suspensions were likely not made untilWednesday (after the Smackdown and ECW tapings) at the earliest, butmost likely were made today.
- Grenier was fired for unrelated reasons.
- All of the wrestlers listed in the SI.com story would have to besuspended by WWE due to flagrant violation of the Internet prescriptionban in the Wellness Program, except Benoit (he received the drugspossibly before the program was implemented) and Eddie Guerrero (theProgram wasn't in place at the time).
To that last point, ten wrestlers named in the SI.com article are on WWE's active roster (despite Edge and Helms' injuries):
1 - Chavo Guerrero
2 - Gregory Helms
3 - Randy Orton
4 - John Morrison
5 - Ken Kennedy
6 - Funaki
7 - Charlie Haas
8 - Umaga
9 - William Regal
10 - Edge
While this is not a confirmed list of the 10 wrestlers WWE has suspended for 30 days,assuming that most of those names are correct, the next month of WWEprogramming will most likely have to be re-written. On Fox NewsChannel's On the Record with Greta Van Susteren (video),WWE attorney Jerry McDevitt said that they met with the D.A. in Albanya couple of weeks ago (who he said was also meeting with the majorsports leagues) and told him that if it was confirmed that WWEwrestlers received shipments from Signature, the company would act onit, and that's what they did. He confirmed that ten wrestlers have beensuspended without pay, and that there may be two additional suspensionstomorrow once WWE talks with the talent to confirm the information.This was the first Wellness Program violation for nine of the ten, andthe second for one, with wrestlers serving a 30-day suspension for afirst strike, and 60 days for the second. He said that they will nametalent that is suspended in the future as a deterrent, and that whenWWE changed the policy, it was "a fair notice issue to us" to startnaming names beginning November 1 rather than right away. McDevett saidthat policemen, firemen and pro athletes were also receiving drugs fromSignature, and that he heard the NFL will be making an announcementsoon. He said that he thinks clinics/doctors are big part of theproblem, and that "the drug of choice, if you will, for any athlete whowants to avoid a drug testing policy is human growth hormone" whichthere is no test for. "It's a problem all leagues have, it's a problemwe have, it's a problem anybody has who is engaged in drug testing, andthere's no scientific method to detect when an athete takes humangrowth hormone."
Finally, there is a good overview of this story at SLAM! Wrestling.
Note: We reached out to WWE for clarification, but have yet to receive a response.</td></tr>