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Thursday, August 30, 2007

WWE Sends a Message

The WWE has suspended 10 wrestlers for violating their Wellness Policy, according to a headline on the WWE.com Website. The story says they will name the athletes after November 1.

According to TheStar.com the following athletes are suspended:

    Randy Orton
    Charles Haas, Jr.
    Adam "Edge" Copeland
    Robert "Booker T" Huffman
    Shane Helms
    Mike Bucci
    Anthony Carelli
    John "Johnny Nitro" Hennigan
    Darren "William Regal" Matthews
    Ken "Mr. Kennedy" Anderson
    Chavo Guerrero

If this list is the actual list, Monday Night Raw brand is in trouble. They have been setting up a substantial feud between the Champion, John Cena and Randy Orton, and this could make those plans completely crumble. Will Triple H move directly into the title chase?

Raws woes will continue, as Booker T is also on the list. He is one of the top heels and one of the few reasons to tune in each week.

A few questions come to mind after seeing this list. One has to wonder why William Regal is juicing...? He has never had a bodybuilder physique, and lately has been filling the commissioner role. Edge is on the shelf already, due to injury - is he getting ready to return? Is he using to speed up the recovery?

Although this will dim the show with these suspensions, it is something that has to take place right now. The years of abuse of these drugs will wear down on their bodies and their lives will be shortened.

Yes, the WWE is sending a message. This will not be tolerated any longer. One can only hope that the legitimacy of the tests stay firm and that "major players" in the organization are not skipped over just because of their position and their tenure with the company.

-NAPALM-

3 comments:

Tim Haught said...

All lists are purely speculative at this point. No one can be sure exactly who are the ten serving suspensions.

Edge and Helms are currently out with injuries. Bucci played Simon Dean, and he is no longer an active competitor. Regal is in the Commishioner role. Haas and Benjamin seem to be seperating themselves a little more each week, and Haas is not a huge roster loss. Chavo is also not a huge loss.

Names not previously reported on PWP that may also be linked include:

Funaki
Bastista
Umaga
Chris Masters

Funaki and Masters likely won't shake the WWE at the foundation, but look at the rest of the names.

Batista, Umaga, King Booker, Santino Marella, John Morrison, Ken Kennedy, and Randy Orton.

Batista is most likely Smackdown's number one babyface, and a much needed name on a brand plagued by injury and raped after the draft lottery.

Umaga is the IC champion and poised for a feud with Jeff Hardy. If he is suspended, do we see Hardy take the title this Monday?

As Jedd said, Orton is positioned for a WWE title program with Cena. If he is hurt, the next logical step is Booker, who is also on the list. The next step after that might be Ken Kennedy, but he is on the list too. Basically, all of Raw's top heels...

Santino Marella's storyline with Maria has been a much featured part of Raw and receiving a mostly positive reaction. Could this cut his legs out from under him?

What about ECW champion John Morrison? Will Punk be winning the title this Tuesday?

It certainly will be an interesting week of WWE TV.

Jedd Johnson, CSCS said...

All excellent points.

I would hate to accuse of these excellent performers of anything they may not have done.

In the end the facts will come out though, and we can only hope for the best in the storylines once some of the faces disappear from the shows for a few weeks.

Paul Milander said...

After last night's Raw, it is quite easy to see that the list was correct.