“Triple H” Paul Levesque’s nutritionist Dave Palumbo said WWE’s drug policy allows wrestlers to take human growth hormone (hGH) and human chorionic gonadotropin (hGC). Those performance-enhancing drugs are supposedly banned by WWE’s wellness policy.
Palumbo did an interview with Matt Riviera, posted to YouTube today, where Riviera asked Palumbo what “supplements” Levesque took to get in shape for WrestleMania. The relevant comments start at about 29:45 into the YouTube clip.
Palumbo insinuated all WWE wrestlers are tested, saying “If you’re getting on that stage to wrestle, you’re gonna be tested. The good thing about wrestling is it’s not a professional sport, per se, it’s more entertainment.“
WWE CEO Vince McMahon’s interview before a congressional subcommittee in 2007 made it pretty clear the company’s drug testing policy only applied to full-time performers.
“[WWE’s drug policy] only governs those talents that are regularly scheduled to compete in the ring. I say ‘compete,’ perform in the ring,” McMahon said in 2007.
Palumbo’s comments in the interview with Riveria went on to more clearly contradict WWE’s wellness policy, claiming wrestlers were allowed to use human growth hormone (hGH) and human chorionic gonadotropin (hGC). He called those drugs “acceptable” and noted “a lot of wrestlers do do it.”
Palumbo: The good thing about wrestling is it’s not a professional sport, per se, it’s more entertainment. They’re allowed to take hormone replacement. They can go to an HRT [hormone replacement therapy] place and get, ya know, testosterone replacement, ya know, 100mg a week, whatever they prescribe nowadays. They can get hCG [human chorionic gonadotropin], ya know, hGH [human growth hormone] if they want. Those are acceptable. A lot of the wrestlers do do it, and it’s not for me to say who’s using what, but they’re very minimal doses.
Section 4 of WWE’s drug policy, available on its corporate website, provides a list of prohibited…