Originally Posted by M2
Doesn't reallly matter if circuits don't police the 'roids so long as the major outlets have a zero tolerance policy. The problem right now is if you're a good, young 220-lb wrestler, you know you've got to get on the juice and bulk up to 260+ in order to play with the big boys.
If the industry leaders stamp this stuff out then it would be fairly pointless to do it for the vast majority of wrestlers. As it is now, it's an industry imperative. Plus, I'm sure the current Congress would buy into the efficacy of a trickle down policy.
Not necessarily. Let's say some kid wants to be a wrestler and he starts wrestling on the local circuits and he starts juicing (steroids not cutting himself since the terms are synomymous). The kid improves and circuits higher up on the food chain want him to wrestle for them. So higher and higher he goes until he gets a call form the WWE. All of a sudden he can't juice anymore. He starts dropping weight and he isn't as cut as he was when he first got the call. The fans start losing interest and if he isn't a good worker he's going to be a jobber or he's going to get let go.
Just as in baseball a trickle down theory isn't going to work as well as people think. A lot of minor leaguers will do whatever it takes to get to the big leagues and that includes steroids. Now minor league baseball has more stringent testing than the majors but if there weren't testing at all you'd see these kids increase their power and MLB teams are going to turn a blind eye to the possibility of steroids. Kid makes it to the Show and now he has to stop juicing. Brandon Larson was rumored to have done steroids to increase his power. Whatever happened, it worked and he got to play in the majors. He didn't stick but that isn't the point. People are going to do whatever they need to do to acheive their goal. Now when they get there they may not be able to do what they did to get there anymore but they might stick around anyway.
Another thing to consider is a reason Congress got so involved in this was fans were in an uproar about it. They didn't want to see Barry Bonds and his huge head hitting all those home runs. They saw how big he got so they felt he was on steroids and that's bad. Wrestling fans don't care that much if the wrestlers use steroids. Sure they care when an Eddie Guerrero or a Curt Hennig dies but nobody is up in arms that Triple H is champion because he took steroids. Sure some may taunt wrestlers with a steroids chant but most fans just accept it and move on. They can always rationalize it by saying Eddie Guerrero was a drug abuser and a boozer and that's the reason he died.
Wrestling can survive just fine without steroids. But until fans stop packing arenas and watching TV shows and pay per views with these wrestlers on it, nothing real is going to happen. The WWE may have a testing policy but it may be enforced selectively or it may be executed haphazardly. On occassion a wrestler will be fired for a positive test but it may just be a mid-carder or a jobber.