The WWE has, over the past few months, been forced to discipline its employees far more regularly that it would have liked.
From clamping down on social media outbursts from Divas to the suspension of Hornswoggle and the firing of Hulk Hogan, the back end of 2015 has often seen in-ring action overshadowed by incidents away from the squared circle.
And today has brought yet another black mark against the company, with news that the WWE has fired a legendary figure of the Attitude Era.
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As reported by F4wonline, Billy Gunn has been dismissed by the WWE where he has most recently been acting as a trainer working with development talent.
Gunn, real name Monty "Kip" Sopp, has been shown the exit door after the WWE became aware that the veteran wrestler had tested positive for "elevated levels of testosterone in a powerlift meeting on July 25."
According to the F4wonline report, the former DX member had registered at a 37-1 testosterone/epitestosterone ratio at the July powerlifting event, when the limit is just 4-1.
Had to act
The WWE, unlike in the past, has a strong stance against PED use and their no tolerance policy has led to the immediate dismissal of Gunn.
After a hugely successful in-ring career that saw him win the Intercontinental Championship, Hardcore Championship (twice) and 11 Tag Team titles, Gunn had held a fairly prominent role as a trainer.
The 52-year-old had been working with NXT talent as well as training potential Superstars in the recent Tough Enough series.
Clearly, though, after the WWE became aware of his issues with PED, they had no choice but to cut all ties.
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