Brock Lesnar is a special WWE Superstar, and he obviously gets different treatment. It turns out that accommodations are made for Lesnar in many ways, including granting him amnesty from drug tests.
Billy Gunn was fired from WWE in 2015 after testing positive for steroids during a weightlifting competition. He was just a coach for the company at the time, but he was still let go.
Then in 2016, Brock Lesnar failed a drug test after his UFC fight against Mark Hunt, but he wasn’t fired from WWE. He tested positive for anti-estrogen drugs clomiphene and hydroxy-clomiphene in an out-of-competition drug sample. He was banned from UFC for a year and made to pay a $250k fine. That set an interesting precedent for Lesnar in Vince McMahon’s company.
During Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer mentioned this situation, and he revealed something he was told. It blew his mind to discover that WWE told him that failed drug tests don’t apply to Brock Lesnar.
Brock Lesnar did UFC, was an active wrestler — Billy Gunn wasn’t even an active wrestler — and Brock tested positive, it wasn’t for steroids, but he failed a drug test, and the response from WWE is that the drug test doesn’t apply to Brock Lesnar. This amazed me, because I asked, I was like, ‘hey, Brock just failed a test, you know and in commission states, in theory, he should be suspended from commision states that regulate wrestling, because that’s the rules.’
It was also noted that WrestleMania took place in a state that year when the athletic commission should have stopped Brock Lesnar from competing. They didn’t, because we’re talking about pro wrestling, but it would have been a different story if it was an MMA fight. Obviously, Brock Lesnar got off lucky and through a giant loophole.
Brock Lesnar is a part-time Superstar, and he is really enjoying that status. The Beast Incarnate doesn’t have to make all the shows for WWE, including live events. He also gets to enjoy a few extra perks that we might not have even considered before.
What’s your take on Brock Lesnar’s status as an ultimate part-timer in WWE? Sound off in the comments!
Transcription by Ringside News