There are only two arenas where you here all-to-often stories of former participants committing suicide or needing emotional help. The first is football. The second is professional wrestling (that’s why I said arena and not sports).
About two professional wrestlers (let’s get it straight, we are talking WWE here, not Olympic-style wrestling or mixed martial arts) yearly take their own lives, with many more succumbing to heart and degenerative problems. The most notorious happened in 2007, when WWE star Chris Benoit killed his wife, child and then himself.
So what is the corelation between the two sports? Bigger, faster, stronger.
In both, the athletes or talent involved are constantly looking to run faster, jump higher and be stronger than the last guy who filled their position. So how do you do that?
Please, we all know the answer to that question — performance-enhancing drugs. If you believe that PEDs are not used in either the WWE or professional football, then I would like to introduce you to my pet Sasquatch.
Now, I am not saying that the head trauma caused by vicious hits does not play a role in these situations because it probably does in both events. But, here are two places where those participating are trying to get a leg up on the competition by intentionally changing the natural chemical balances in their bodies. Don’t tell me that is not going to mess you up a little in the head.
“But, both the NFL and WWE have drug testing! How can you say that!”
Easy. First, plenty of former pro wrestlers have come out and said that professional wrestling drug tests are about as real as the outcomes in the ring. Second, much like the recent fight against synthetic marijuana, drug developers are always one step ahead of the testers, creating new designer PEDs well before they can be detected and stopped.
Keith Lobdell is the editor of the Valley News. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.