Performance Enhancing Drugs (PEDs) and wrestling seems to be a link that just won't go away. Do wrestlers use PEDs? Today, the WWE has cleaned up their act quite a bit, implementing random drug testing and new Wellness Policies. Despite these new policies though, PED use in wrestling was still quite common. In 2007, Sports Illustrated dropped a bombshell, listing a huge list of wrestlers that took PEDs from an illegal steroid business operating out of Florida. The report was extremely detailed, as not only did it give out information on which wrestlers were guilty of taking, but it also gave information on what exactly they took and for how long. Wrestlers that were on that list included Chavo Guerrero, Shane Helms, Ken Anderson, Charlie Haas and other high profile names that will be mentioned in this top 15 list. So read on below to find out which 15 former and current WWE Stars are guilty of having used a variety PEDs.
Kevin Wacholz aka “Nailz” is extremely significant in regards to this list, as Nailz was the first ever wrestler to publicly state that steroid use was common amongst wrestlers. Nailz furthered his comments by testifying against Vince McMahon in the 1994 infamous steroid case. Nailz testified that McMahon not only gave out steroids, but that he also encouraged wrestlers to use them. In 2003 when asked about the situation, Nailz did not appear to be over it, saying, “I hate Vince McMahon’s guts”. Sounds pretty clear.
In 2007, When Sports Illustrated finally came out with their controversial list of steroid users from the WWE, regarding which wrestlers were buying from an illegal steroid business in Florida; some curious names came out of the long list of users, and one of these curious names was Funaki. The former member of Kai en Tai was on the list (shockingly), as he reportedly received somatropin in 2006. Remember folks, don’t be quick to judge a book by its cover!
13 William Regal
Thankfully William Regal's dark drug infused days are far behind him, because at one point, Regal was in a very dark place; not only abusing PEDs, but also abusing prescription drugs. It was made public through the 2007 Sport Illustrated report that Regal received stanozolol, somatropin, anastrozole and genotropin between November 2004 and November 2006. Regal has rebounded quite nicely lately with a prominent role in the hottest wrestling brand out there today, NXT. It looks like Regal is definitely on the right track.
12 British Bulldog
Sad to say that performance enhancing drugs played a pretty big role in cutting the Bulldog's life short. Bulldog had a long history of PED use. In 1992, he was released by the company after having received shipments of human growth hormones from a pharmacy in his native country. An addiction to painkillers and PEDs cut Bulldog’s life short. In 2002, the wrestler suffered a heart attack while on vacation, ending his life way too early. The autopsy showed the anabolic steroids played a part in his death. Bruce Hart, his brother in law, claimed Bulldog unfortunately paid the price for his past consumption of steroids and human growth hormones.
11 Lex Luger
We're pretty sure wrestling fans weren’t too surprised to find out Lex Luger used PEDs. In his tell all book Wrestling with the Devil, Luger admitted to being obsessed with his image, and this lead to steroid usage throughout his career. Luger really hit “rock bottom” after the passing of his girlfriend, “Miss Elizabeth”. Elizabeth overdosed and passed away, and Luger was charged for possession of anabolic steroids, growth hormones and other illegal drugs. To Luger's credit, he later transformed his entire life. Luger became a born again Christian and joined the WWE’s Wellness Policy Program in 2011.
10 Ken Shamrock
During an 2014 MMA interview, Ken Shamrock came clean about using PEDs in the past, also indicating that it is still being prominently used in MMA. Shamrock discussed how people with money can easily find ways to not get caught with a banned substance. Ken also discussed cycling steroids properly, so it is completely out of your system by the time you’re officially tested. Shamrock states that it’s all about money and that MMA fighters should be tested while they are training randomly, as opposed to a set time before a fight.
9 Jeff Hardy
In 2009, former WWE superstar and artist and poet, Jeff Hardy was caught with prescription pills and anabolic steroids. The police found the former WWE star in possession of a variety of Performance Enhancing Drugs, notably 262 vicodin pills, 180 soma pilla, 555 milliliters of anabolic steroids and residual amounts of cocaine and drug paraphernalia. Jeff Hardy would end up paying the price by serving a 10 day sentence for his possession of these illegal drugs.
8 John Morrison
John Morrison (born John Randall Hennigan, and sometimes known as Johnny Nitro) held one of the best physiques in the WWE, as John was extremely lean and defined to the bone. However, this doesn't mean that Morrison got this impressive physique the right way. In Sports Illustrated’s massive list, Morrison’s name came up. Of the listed PEDs, John was said to have used somatropin, anastrozole, testosterone, stanozolol and chronic gonadotropin. Morrison’s consumption of these PEDs was from June 2006 till February 2007.
Another surprising entry on this list is Edge (born Adam Joseph Copeland). Many were shocked to find out that Edge was accused of using PEDs. During an interview with Sports journalist and TSN host Michael Landsberg, in January of 2005, Edge admitted to taking PEDs. The former WWE star claimed he did so to see if he would be able to recover faster following his severe neck injury. In 2007, the Sports Illustrated report had Edge's name on it. The former World Champion used somatropin, genotropin and andstanozolol between September 2004 and February 2007.
6 Ultimate Warrior
While the WWE was under massive fire from the government’s crackdown on Performance Enhancing Drug use amongst wrestlers, the Ultimate Warrior, one of wrestling’s biggest stars at the time, tested positive for anabolic steroids. Eventually Vince McMahon was forced to release the Warrior because of his experimental use of growth hormones. Sadly, the Warrior just recently passed away in April 2014, and his steroid use over the years may have played a big factor in his sudden death. It is really sad to see such a legend go at such an early age.
5 Eddie Guerrero
Before his tragic passing, former WWE superstar Eddie Guerrero, began to spiral out of control. His match performances just weren’t the same, but more importantly, his body wasn't holding up anymore. Before his passing, according to the infamous Sports Illustrated report, Eddie Guerrero used nadrolone, testosterone and anastrozole, a mere two weeks before passing away in November of 2005. One thing is for certain, the wrestling world lost a tremendous person far too early.
4 Chris Benoit
Despite Performance Enhancing Drug use, it is said that former WWE superstar Chris Benoit’s severe brain damage caused him to sadly take the life of his child, wife and eventually his own. It has been reported that Benoit’s head suffered from extreme damage and it is said that his head resembled the head of an 85 year old patient suffering from Alzheimer's. Obviously, the PEDs didn't help and may have been linked to the tragedy, as Benoit reportedly received nandrolone and anastrozole; two PEDs that aforementioned Eddie Guerrero, took as well.
3 Randy Orton
The biggest name to come out of the Sports Illustrated report was Randy Orton's. Randy always had such a tremendous physique, though it’s quite obvious that he grew rather quickly over the years. Orton was said to have taken somatropin, nandrolone and stanozolol from September 2004 through February 2007. As you can see, he used PEDs for quite some time. Things later got worse for Orton. In 2012, Randy was suspended 60 days for violating the WWE Wellness Policy. It’s speculated that Orton had the steroid methandrostenolone in his system along with marijuana. Since his suspension, Orton appears to be drug free.
2 Vince McMahon
This list wouldn't be complete without the boss himself. During the WWE’s steroid scandal court case in the early 90s, Vince McMahon admitted in the front of grand jury that he in fact was guilty of using steroids in the 80s. If Vince was to be found guilty in the case, McMahon was looking at an 11 year sentence, along with a $2 million dollar fine. The prosecution’s case fell apart after the next entrant on this list testified in Vince’s defense. Who is this wrestler you ask? Read on to see our number one entry.
1 Hulk Hogan
Yes, the Hulkster himself testified during the trial, claiming he did take steroids, but took them at his own will and was never asked to do so by his big boss, Vince McMahon. This was the turning point of the case. During the case, Hogan admitted to using Performance Enhancing Drugs for 14 years. Hogan stated that it wasn't just for his image or for bodybuilding, but for recovery from injuries he'd sustained. Hogan also deemed that what he was doing was in fact legal, because he had a prescription for it. So to conclude, it appears Hogan was doing much more than taking his vitamins.