Does Pro Wrestling Need Steroid Testing?

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A key congressman says the "apparently widespread use" of steroids in pro wrestling is sending a bad message to youngsters, and he wants the government to do something about it.

In a letter released Friday, Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., requested that John Walters, director of the president's Office of National Drug Control Policy, "examine the systemic deficiencies in the testing policies and practices of professional wrestling."

Waxman, chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, has led a congressional investigation into steroid use in professional wrestling for more than a year, spurred in part by the murder-suicide deaths of wrestler Chris Benoit and his family in Georgia in June 2007.

Waxman is leaving the oversight committee to become chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, and his letter offered a final look at the findings that focused on top pro wresting bodies World Wrestling Entertainment and Total Nonstop Action.

"Since the committee began its investigation last year, both the WWE and the TNA have made efforts to improve their steroid testing programs," Waxman wrote. "But these efforts suffer from a lack of independence and transparency. As a result of these weaknesses, the organizations appear unable to effectively prevent the use of steroids and other illegal drugs by professional wrestlers."

Waxman wrote that one former wrestler who agreed to talk to the committee on condition of anonymity said that, in the wrestling business, "steroids are like white socks and tape, they're just part of your gear."

"Over three million children and teenagers watch professional wrestling each week," Waxman's letter said. "The apparently widespread use of steroids in professional wrestling sends the wrong message to youth."

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  • by unkown on Jan 10, 2009 at 10:51 PM
    its all fake, but i still watch it. its more of entertaiment than anything else. if it was truly real, iwould say have them tested.
  • by The Pirate Lady Location: Grimesland on Jan 7, 2009 at 06:21 PM
    Well, you have to care now, b/c you have people like Chris Benoit up and killing their families b/c the steroids have turned their brains to mush. But I do agree, that there are other things the gov't should be worrying about right our failing economy?
  • by unknown on Jan 7, 2009 at 06:39 AM
    I believe they should have testing in wrestling they do it in other sports why not wrestling. to kevin it may be fake to an extent but im here to tell you these guys are athletes you try jumpimg off a cage onto a man without causing him serious injury. when u land on the matt it aint fake it hurts,and to all the haters out there if you think its so fake and easy to do why dont u try it and see how you feel after one day of training'
  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Jan 6, 2009 at 11:52 AM
    I say let 'em juice up. I agree with Buzz, we have more important things to worry about. I have never understood why anyone cares if any professional jock is on steroids anyway. They are the ones that will pay the price in the long run anyway. All those fine looking women that hover around them will be VERY DISAPPOINTED when it comes down to GO TIME. LOL! Steroids have been known to cause some serious problems with the operation of the male genitalia. OOPS! Maybe that wasn't such a good idea! :) In the end, why do we care if they are on steroids? Who has an answer for that question?
  • by BamBam Bigelow on Jan 5, 2009 at 03:16 PM
    Personally, I'd like to see Henry Waxman jettisoned into the midst of a cage full of infuriated pro-wrestlers and UFC fighters, all of whom would proceed to puff away on cigars and cigarettes as they praticed their latest moves on him. Waxman makes my butt tired.
  • by Buzz Location: IBX on Jan 5, 2009 at 02:13 PM
    No. 1: wrestling is just goofy. No. 2: I THINK that our law makers have a whole lot of more important things to fix than steroids use among wrestlers, not that it's ok. But we do have an economic crisis, a war, and they are worried about steroids, go figure!!! That's Waxman for you. just me Buzz, thinkin' again.
  • by JT on Jan 5, 2009 at 11:49 AM
    Rob, I beg to differ to the "simple minded moron" remark. Not all who watch Nascar are simpleminded. I happen to enjoy Nascar. There is some skill involved with it. However with WWF, I find it disgusting. I agree that it sets a bad expample for kids. Some of it is just short of being X-rated.
  • by Tony Location: GVegas on Jan 5, 2009 at 11:32 AM
    I think steroids should be a requirement in pro wrestling.I like to see them all pumped up and acting crazy.
  • by Kevin Location: Greenville on Jan 5, 2009 at 06:38 AM
    Pro Wrestling does not need steroid testing because its fake anyway.
  • by Rob Location: NC on Jan 5, 2009 at 06:27 AM
    VBush, the same people who watch this are no different than the "simple minded morons" who pay large amounts of money to watch a bunch of corporate sponsored rednecks go 500 miles in a circle.
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