On July 26th, 2016, news broke that Brock Lesnar will not face WWE punishment or suspension for his drug failure following UFC 200.
According to a TMZ report, Lesnar will not face a wellness violation suspension from the WWE.
A Modern day injustice?
A spokesman claimed, “only full-time performers are subject to the organisation’s wellness policy.”
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The WWE is saying that, since Brock Lesnar only participates in a few matches a year, he is exempt from the policy.
That policy is in place, according to a source, to only keep “full time” talent well.
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If this seems like a strange and somewhat puzzling conclusion it would not be odd. The fact is this makes the WWE wellness policy seem arbitrary and hypocritical.
The Full-Time Talent Suffers the Consequences
The WWE Wellness policy has been in the news a good deal recently after one of the top stars in the company failed a test.
Roman Reigns has recently returned from his wellness suspension and is in the middle of what some believe is a “punishment” for his mistakes.
Vince Russo recently said on his podcast “The Brand” that “Reigns is clearly being punished for his wellness violation by being called out recently and suffering defeats on back to back shows”.
The idea is that Vince McMahon has been unhappy with Reigns over the violation and has made plans to take away his spot.
Other wrestlers have seen reproductions form failed drug test in the WWE. So why not Brock Lesnar?
WWE refusing to hand Lesnar a suspension shows a hypocrisy and favouritism towards the big money superstar.
If we are to follow the logic laid out by the WWE Brock Lesnar could do any drug he wanted, whether performance enhancing or recreational and face no penalties.
He is one of the highest paid performers on the roster with his 2 million dollar contract therefore he should be held to a higher standard than most.
Not only is he not but he is being singled out as being above any standard set for virtually every other wrestler in the company.
Not Under The Rule of the USDA
Brock Lesnar is a gifted athlete that generates a great deal of business for the WWE and his recent UFC 200 win over Mark Hunt elevated his profile even further.
His violation did not come as a result of a test done by the WWE, it was the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency who found the infraction with Brock Lesnar and they do not have authority over the WWE.
This gives the WWE room to wiggle around his positive test results, plus their unwritten rules about part time workers.
What His Return Holds
Brock Lesnar is scheduled to face Randy Orton Sunday August 21 Live on the WWE Network and we now know that his failed drug test will not prevent him from making the event.
It remains to be seen how the WWE will react to the violation within their programming. Will Lesnar be made to lose his match or will he keep steady with his regular characteristics.
So far it would seem that as far as Lesnar goes, the WWE plans to keep their special attraction just the way he is. Special.