WWE today officially suspended 10 of its performers based on information received from investigators in the Albany, NY district attorneys office.
None of the names have been released but it will likely be obvious over the next week who at least some of them are.
The suspensions would likely be based on proof that performers were using Signature Pharmacy or another Internet prescription type firm after the implemenation of the Wellness policy.
The company also has informed all performers that beginning 11/1, the company will publicly release the names of anyone who is suspended under drug policy violations.
WWE® Statement On Performer Suspensions:
STAMFORD, Conn., August 30, 2007 – Based on independent information received from investigators from the Albany County, NY D.A.’s office, WWE has today, under the penalty provisions of its wellness policy, issued suspension notices to 10 of its performers for violations. It has been WWE’s practice not to release the names of those who have been suspended, but notice has been sent to all WWE performers that names of anyone who is suspended under the Wellness Policy as of November 1 will be made public.
From the NY Daily News:
The WWE was rocked again today, after several of wrestling’s top names emerged in the Albany district attorney’s probe into a widespread Internet doping scandal.
The wrestling congomerate based in Stamford announced that it will suspend 10 of its biggest stars for violation of its wellness policy.
Top wrestlers Randy Orton, Charles Haas, Jr., Adam “Edge” Copeland, Robert “Booker T” Huffman, Shane Helms, Mike Bucci, Anthony Carelli, John “Johnny Nitro” Hennigan, Darren “William Regal” Matthews, Ken “Mr. Kennedy” Anderson and Chavo Guerrero were all identified as clients of Signature Pharmacy in Orlando, the site raided by Albany County and Florida law enforcement agencies in February for distributing steroids and other prescription drugs to clients who had not been examined by doctors. The investigation is part of a probe into illegal Internet drug distribution by Albany D.A. David Soares
WWE did not release the names of those suspended. A source close to the investigation said that WWE was told that the following wrestlers were among the clients of one of the pharmacies under investigation, Signature of Orlando: Shoichi Funaki, Dave Bautista, Adam “Edge” Copeland, Chris “Masters” Mordetsky, John “Johnny Nitro” Hennigan, and Shane Helms. Chris Benoit, the wrestler who killed his wife and son before hanging himself in June, was also a Signature client, as were two other wrestlers who recently died, Eddie Guerrero and Brian “Crush” Adams