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[TNA] Report: 43% of TNA roster on/used drugs


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As reported earlier, Henry Waxman of the U.S. House of Representatives from California's 30th district issued a report on the steroid problem in professional wrestling on Friday. In Waxman's report, it was revealed that fifteen of the sixty TNA wrestlers who were tested for drugs in January 2008 tested positive for steroids. Additionally, eleven other TNA wrestlers tested positive for various other drugs, so 43% of the roster were on drugs this time last year. Six wrestlers tested positive for marijuana, two wrestlers tested positive for benzodiazepines (such as xanax and valium), one wrestler tested positive for amphetamines, one wrestler tested positive for opiates, and one wrestler tested positive for propoxyphene.

It should be noted that the TNA performers were warned in advance that they would be tested, and twenty-six still failed anyway. However, they were told that they would not be punished for this baseline round of testing.

Saying 43% of the TNA roster were on drugs this time last year is actually being kind. The drug testing was not just limited to the males as the females were tested as well. This time last year, there were fifteen active female performers on the roster including Angelina Love, Awesome Kong, Christy Hemme, Crystal Louthan, Gail Kim, Jackie Moore, Karen Angle, Ms. Payton Banks, ODB, Raisha Saeed, Roxxi Laveaux, Salinas, SoCal Val, Traci Brooks, and Velvet Sky. Presumably, Sharmell wasn't tested as she was written out of television at the first TV broadcast of the year, which was a pay-per-view event, and the drug testing occurred prior to an Impact taping later that month.

We have never heard of a female wrestling performer failing and/or getting suspended for drugs, so presumably all of the "Knockouts" passed their respective drug tests. If you deduct the fifteen women from the sixty tested, that leaves forty-five male wrestlers. That would mean 33% of the male TNA performers were on steroids this time last year, with 58% of the male TNA roster being on any kind of drug.

Waxman concluded his report on TNA by saying "there are significant weaknesses in the TNA testing program."

Waxman issued a summary of TNA's drug testing results from January 2008.

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Yikes :|

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This doesn't surprise me purely because half the TNA roster are ex WWE who were fired for drug related incidents.

Very true. But still, it's quite shocking to hear either way. I wonder what % of WWE's roster is on anything?

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I am in a love/hate relationship with TNA tbh, one side I love the X Division its the brightest thing in wrestling with it being size no limit in that title picture but then I hate it when every ppv its the same main event with a different rule and they don't push no one. When Samoa Joe became champ it was awesome finally a hard working wrestler as champion but then he loses it and Sting of all people wins it.

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The way things have been going on at TNA there aint much Total Nonstop Action lol More promos etc... Altho i still love TNA and it won't stop me from watching it.

I love Velvet Sky! (my future GF)

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The way things have been going on at TNA there aint much Total Nonstop Action lol More promos etc... Altho i still love TNA and it won't stop me from watching it.

I love Velvet Sky! (my future GF)

I know what you mean there, I tuned in the other day to watch Impact and instead I saw a good 40 minutes of talking and 1 match.

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