The subject of performance enhancing drugs in pro wrestling has been waged for years. WWE has a strict Wellness Policy with suspensions as part of the process as well. Jim Ross believes that they should lighten up a bit on the testing.
We’ve heard others in recent memory, like Eric Bischoff, come forward and say that steroids should be allowed in pro wrestling. Jim Ross must agree with Easy E about that.
During Grilling JR, the WWE Hall of Fame announcer spoke his mind about performance enhancing drugs in pro wrestling. He asked if the Harlem Globetrotters are tested. Then he equated that to the same umbrella of sports entertainment that they share with pro wrestling. As long as a doctor is in control of the situation then it should be permitted.
“Are the [Harlem] Globetrotters tested? I don’t know these answers. I’m not as hung up on monitoring that as some think I would be as an old school guy, if it’s under doctors care which it should be, it has to be. If you’re freelancing drugs, you’re in the wrong period. No matter what.”
“I guess I’m a little bit more lenient on it than a lot of guys, which doesn’t include pain management. I’m not talking about that, I’m just talking about PEDs. I don’t have a big issue with them, but I don’t think they should be used in the freelance mode. Doctors care constantly so we know if you have a heart issue or don’t, things of that nature.”
There are benefits and drawbacks from using PEDs in sports. Abuse is always going to be a risk, but as long as substances can be used responsibly there is a chance that it can benefit.
Jim Ross understands that pain management is also important and that doesn’t always fall under “performance enhancing drugs” either. It seems that this is going to be a constant debate in pro wrestling. On that note, there has been no public report on AEW’s current policy regarding PEDs on their roster.
Thanks to Wrestling Inc for the quote