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7 things you need to know about the WWE Wellness Program

Pratyay Ghosh
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WWE’s current Wellness Policy came into effect following the death of the late great Eddie Guerrero

The WWE Wellness Programs is once again in the spotlight this week after Roman Reign’s 30 day suspension following a policy violation. Once again the same questions about the Wellness Programs are creeping up – Is it actually legitimate? Do all policy violations get reported or do some of them get swept under the covers? Has it helped since its implementation almost 10 years ago?

In this article, we look at some of the answers to these questions and also present other facts about the Wellness Program as well as its history. And at the end, it may give us a clearer look at all aspects of the wellness policy and how effective this policy has been.

Here are 7 things you need to know about WWE’s Wellness Program

#7 Today’s program started after the death of Eddie Guerrero

Eddie wasn’t the last wrestler taken from us before his time due to years of substance abuse.

WWE first announced the current form of the WWE Wellness Program following the death of the late, great Eddie Guerrero in 2006. Eddie was a beloved performer and future Hall of Famer whose heart gave out on him at the age of 38, following years of steroid and prescription drug abuse.

Eddie’s death lead to shockwaves all over the wrestling world and made WWE management take a step to a look at the long-term health of talent. The original form of the Program came into effect in February 2007 and had two major components, an aggressive substance abuse and drug testing policy, and a cardiovascular testing and monitoring program.

This version of the Wellness Program itself has a clear loophole in it because it only condemns ‘non-medical use’.

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Pratyay Ghosh
Pro wrestling writer. Puroresu and Strong Style fan. Writer for SK Pro Wrestling and WrestleZone.
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