As the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) gears up for its historic 2024 Elimination Chamber event in Australia, the buzz is intensifying. This will mark the debut of the iconic Elimination Chamber on Australian soil, with the event set to be held at the prestigious Optus Stadium.
In anticipation of this landmark occasion, several WWE superstars have been visiting Australia to drum up excitement. Among them were LA Knight and Australian wrestler Grayson Waller, who recently appeared on the popular radio program, The Kyle & Jackie O Show.
The conversation took an intriguing turn when the topic of wrestling injuries and drug testing in WWE was brought up. Addressing a question about potential shortcuts in recovery processes, such as steroid use, Waller humorously remarked about wishing for an easier path.
However, LA Knight took the opportunity to shed light on WWE's stringent drug testing procedures, stating, "Yeah, because that would actually make recovery easy but, no, every month we get tested. Every single month." This discussion comes against the backdrop of wrestling's checkered history with steroids, most notably highlighted during the early nineties.
The era was marred by the infamous "steroid trial," where WWE CEO Vince McMahon faced allegations of providing illegal steroids to WWE stars. McMahon was eventually acquitted on all charges on July 23rd, 1994, but the incident left an indelible mark on the industry.
WWE's Wellness Program
In response to growing concerns about drug use, particularly following the tragic passing of Eddie Guerrero in 2005, WWE introduced the Wellness Program in 2006. This initiative aimed at ensuring the health and safety of its performers has been a subject of debate over the years.
Critics have questioned its effectiveness, yet the program has led to several suspensions of WWE stars for failing drug tests. As WWE continues to evolve and expand its global presence, the conversation around drug use and wrestler health remains a critical one.
With the Elimination Chamber fast approaching, the spotlight on these issues is more intense than ever, highlighting WWE's commitment to athlete welfare and fair play.