WWE has a strict Wellness Policy that prohibits performance enhancing drugs. That includes steroids, but Eric Bischoff believes that pro wrestlers should get a pass.
Performance enhancing drugs can help a lot of people, and a doctor can prescribe them for various reasons. The benefits of those drugs can help someone transform their body in a big way. Bischoff pointed out during 83 Weeks that many Hollywood actors use them to transform their bodies for various roles.
There is a right way and a wrong way to do everything, but Eric Bischoff made it clear that he believes performance enhancing drugs can be just as vital as diet and proper exercise.
“I think that steroids and hormones, generally speaking, if they are prescribed by a doctor and they are legitimate and monitored, then they are a great thing. Not only just okay if you wanna do it, I think they’re a beneficial thing that will help people live longer.”
“Now, that is generally speaking. In the entertainment business, I’m sorry, but are you going to look around at some of the people we see in People Magazine and, ‘In six weeks, he’s transformed from this to this for a part in an action movie.’ I’m sorry, if you’re 35 or 40 years old and you have never worked out in your life, then you are not going to be able to make that transition in six months or eight months or even a year. You are not going to pack on thirty pounds of muscle in eighteen months as you’re getting ready for a movie without performance enhancing drugs. I do not give a f*ck who you are.”
“I think in wrestling, in any form of sports entertainment if it is not amateur athletics or professional athletics, then people should be allowed to take whatever performance enhancing drugs that are legitimate and prescribed by a doctor.”
“If I’m out there in the ring performing, should I be disqualified from being as healthy as I can be because I’m in professional wrestling? No, I agree with Arn Anderson; I think hormone therapy once you get to be 35, 40, 45 years old – if you can afford it because it is not cheap it should be as much a part of your daily life as diet and exercise.”
It’s been a while since someone was suspended for violating the WWE Wellness Policy. Those Superstars are still randomly tested. The subject of steroids in professional sports will always be a controversial one, but Eric Bischoff would likely invite anyone to take a closer look at the situation prior to making any judgements on the matter.