Steroids. They have run wild, roughshod and through every physical event possible to create a horrible path of illegitimacy, paranoia, and history. Steroid controversy has ravaged football, baseball, and cycling.
With multiple allegations leveled against professional wrestling entertainers over the years, it is probably the most difficult of these sports. The steroid history of pro wrestling is well documented, from Vince McMahon’s 1990 steroid trial and his alleged encouragement to use the drug to the late 2000s steroid scandal that revealed several wrestlers being given performance-enhancing drugs by a well-known distributor of steroids, it has been clear that Vince McMahon was a key figure in this steroid history.
Hulk Hogan and Big John Studd were just a few of the many names that were associated with steroid use. Randy Orton, Eddie Guerrero, and Rey Mysterio all saw the steroid’s benefits and wanted to keep their careers atop. This was a difficult decision for these athletes, with some of the most horrific endings.
There are professional wrestlers who have passed that test. They looked straight into the eyes of the steroid harlot and refused to look. Instead, they chose harder and more natural ways to achieve their goals and remain on top. They deserve to be recognized for their non-use and commitment to non-doping. This list will not include wrestlers who were huge from the beginning, such as Kane, Big Show, and Andre The Giant. Because they are strong and massive, wrestlers who are huge are more likely to win than those who are not.
Titus is listed as Number 15. He is a former Tag Team Champion, and he is currently a member of the Prime Time Players. He was a former player for the University of Florida Gators, and later with various Arena Football League teams. It seems that he would have been caught if he had been juicing.
Titus could also be assumed to have no wrongdoing because he joined the WWE in the late 2000s, right after the steroid scandal. The most striking thing about Titus is his recent win as Celebrity Dad of the year at the 2015 MEGA Dads Awards, which WWE heavily supported. Titus should be clean if he is to trust the WWE brass to carry their emblem like that.
Big E (no Langston) is number 14 on this list. Big E is a former US Open 1st Place finisher in USA Powerlifting. He also won the RAW National Competitions. Big E can be assumed to be clean because USAPL has one of the most rigorous drug testing policies anywhere in the world. Anyone who fails to pass is publically shamed as in the Scarlet Letter. Big E’s ability to win the competition and not only to be publicly shamed speaks volumes about his commitment not to riding up.
Your number 13 is the Super-Athlete. Rusev, who was once considered for the 2012 Bulgarian Olympic Lifting Team, was a powerlifter and rower before he came to the USA. This would raise suspicions about Rusev’s use of steroids, as Bulgaria has been repeatedly caught by Olympic drug testing for its steroid use in weightlifting.
We must also remember that Rusev was part of the WWE from 2010 after the steroid scandal of the 2000s and the overhaul of the WWE Drug and Wellness Policy. He is likely to be clean if he hasn’t been caught by a policy that would suspend Orton and Mysterio’s top draw.
Number 12 is a former Nexus member, now Feed Me More Intercontinental Champ, Ryback. According to CM Punk’s polarizing CM, the Big Guy was accused of using steroids. Ryback also claimed that Ryback intentionally hurt Punk by breaking his ribs while he was on the Colt Cabana podcast.
Ryback responded to Punk’s allegations via Twitter and was interviewed by a radio station. He denied Punk’s claims that he used steroids and tried to hurt Punk. Ryback could be seen as being on the Jedi side of this whole steroid controversy, considering that the only accusation of him using steroids was made by a disgruntled former employee.
Swiss Superman is number 11 on this list. According to WWE Roster, the former US Champion is the strongest man pound-for-pound on the roster today. This fact might make people think the King of Swing just has a strong body. Cesaro was also subject to the same logic as Rusev: he joined WWE after the Drug and Wellness Policy had been dramatically altered. The company was then under surveillance to ensure there was no foul play. Anyone who joins the WWE after this should be able to whistle clean.
DAMN. This list was created by Ron Simmons. Farooq, formerly the Nation of Domination leader, is now a member of the Acolytes Protection Agency. He has never been caught in the middle of any steroid controversy. Ron Simmons was a football player with the Florida State Seminoles, Cleveland Browns, and the NWA.
He has not been involved in any of the steroid controversies surrounding any sport. To keep your health clean, I think drinking beer, smoking cigarettes, and protecting others at a cost is the best way.
John Bradshaw Layfield
JBL cracked this list at 9. JBL, the other half of APA and self-proclaimed Wrestling God, has never been in the middle of a steroid controversy. Because of his Wall Street success, it makes sense that JBL has never been in the middle of any steroid controversy.
It was always possible for him to have something to fall back on in the event that wrestling did not work out. So, it didn’t make sense for him to use steroids to keep his edge over a sport he was already very good at. JBL did once have a WWE Universe blog in which he discussed his views on steroids, and how he never felt the need to take them.
This was even after his 2009 comeback tour. We can take comfort in knowing that JBL is not a drug addict, despite how much the Blue Meanie might hate him for his beating down on him.
Bobby Lashley is now Number 8’s un-roided person. Kevin Nash has previously accused Junction City, Kansas muscle-bound warrior of using steroids. He is 6’3 tall and weighs 276 pounds. He only claims that Lashley is a sore loser and that it is possible that he is drinking the juice. We can conclude that Lashley is all-natural, considering that he has been through so many promotions and sports affiliates.
The fact that Lashley lost his fight against Ken Shamrock is what solidifies this belief. Shamrock tested positive for steroids and was therefore pulled from his fight with Lashley. Lashley, however, was clean as he was allowed to fight.
Roman Reigns, the master of Superman Punches and the new WWE golden boy, is the 7th entry to this list. Reigns is a Samoan Superman and the official muscle of The Shield. Brock Lesnar left RAW because of rumors that Reigns had failed a wellness test earlier in the year. Later reports proved that the rumor was a hoax. Brock Lesnar did not leave the RAW show because of it. Reigns is not accused of using steroids.
Faugh. A. Ballagh!!! The new Sheamus punches Ballagh at number 6. Along with many other Celtic Warriors, the 6’4″ Sheamus has never been accused of taking any kind of PEDs or steroids. Rumours circulated that Sheamus was a “training companion” to Triple H. He can get pushed whenever and wherever he wants.
If there were any accusations regarding him using steroids, Triple H would destroy them, change them, and insert the evil boss cliche. Sheamus tweeted that he had only trained with Triple H once and that any allegations you have about him should be made to his face. You shouldn’t touch this one unless you have hard evidence.
The World’s Strongest Man breaks into the top five! Many of you will know that Mark Henry was an all-world powerlifter before he began taking down foes with the World’s Strongest Slam. Many people wondered if Henry used steroids to achieve his extraordinary strength. In an interview with Bleacher, Report Henry revealed that he didn’t know what steroids were because he was from such a small Texas town. Sports Illustrated published an article about him and asked what juice he was drinking. Henry, the charming small-town kid he is, answered adorably: “Orange Juice”.
Evolution’s Animal is number 4. Steroid allegations have drawn a lot of attention from Dave Batista, the genetic freak. Signature Pharmacy, which gives steroids to pro athletes like candy, was at the center of the late 2000s Steroid controversy. This included several wrestlers, including Evolution stablemate Randy Orton. Batista was also mentioned in the report.
However, Batista strongly denied these accusations and stated that he was fully compliant with the WWE Wellness Policy. Batista, however, was not suspended for the incident, as Orton was.
The King of Kings begins in the top three. Triple H was a bodybuilder from New Hampshire before he entered the squared circle. He was also crowned Teenage Mr. New Hampshire. Triple H has been at the center of controversy regarding steroids before. People have questioned his physique, and this was during one of the most fertile times in wrestling’s history when juice was commonplace.
Triple H admitted to using steroids in an ESPN interview but was required to use steroids by his doctor because of a quadriceps muscle tore. This list is only for those who have never used steroids before. However, the intention of the list was to honor wrestlers who did not use steroids to get to the top and keep there. Triple H stated in the same interview that he had never used steroids recreationally. It is bold to admit one aspect of using steroids to heal but not to cheat.
Number two belongs to the Beast Incarnate, BAAAHHHRROOOOOCCKKKKK… you know where I’m going with this. The Conqueror, a Minnesota-based fighter, is one of the most fearsome people in the world. He has won the NCAA, WWE, and UFC. But he also had to deal with some controversy regarding steroids.
Brock was arrested in 2001 by the Louisville Division of Police for carrying a “large quantity of steroids.” Police tested the substance further and concluded that Brock was not carrying steroids. Brock’s lawyer described it as a “vitamin type of thing.” Brock’s lawyer isn’t a legalese master.
The 15-time WWE Champion rounds out the list as number one. John Cena, a former bodybuilder and pro wrestler, has been known for being a very jacked man. Cena is also accused of using steroids. People claim that Cena told them that he had taken steroids and that the Cenation Leader has been mired in steroid accusations since his days.
He claims he hasn’t taken steroids and that Vince McMahon programmed him. Okay, that’s not the last one. But he is covered in allegations, regardless of whether they are about his “legitimacy” or “jealousy.” Cena opened his mouth with sounds emanating from it. This is the only evidence we have. It was recorded by Chris Jericho on Chris Jericho’s podcast over at the WWE Network.
Jericho asked Cena straight out: “Have you used steroids?” Cena replied with a clear “no” as you might have guessed. Cena explained that he is a man who has always been around 250 pounds and has never strayed from that weight. Cena is the face of the franchise. His work with Make-a-Wish Foundation and the reasoning he gave above about his steroid use prove that he is not a steroid user. He would lose too much and ruin everything he has done for the company.