The WWE was rocked again today, after several of wrestling's top names emerged in the Albany district attorney's probe into a widespread Internet doping scandal.
The wrestling conglomerate based in Stamford announced that it will suspend 10 of its biggest stars for violation of its wellness policy.
In a list obtained exclusively by the Daily News, top wrestlers Randy Orton, Charles Haas, Jr., Adam "Edge" Copeland, Robert "Booker T" Huffman, Shane Helms, Mike Bucci, Anthony Carelli, John "Johnny Nitro" Hennigan, Darren "William Regal" Matthews, Ken "Mr. Kennedy" Anderson, Eddie "Umaga" Fatu, Shoichi Funaki and Chavo Guerrero were all identified as clients of Signature Pharmacy in Orlando, the site raided by Albany County and Florida law enforcement agencies in February for distributing steroids and other prescription drugs to clients who had not been examined by doctors. The investigation is part of a probe into illegal Internet drug distribution by Albany D.A. David Soares.
It is unclear at this time which of these wrestlers will be suspended by the WWE.
The WWE said in a statement that it issued suspension notices based on independent information received from the Albany D.A.
The WWE's announcement comes as members of Congress prepare to investigate steroid use in professional wrestling, as the Daily News reported today.
Two of its recently deceased stars - Chris Benoit and Eddie Guerrero - also received steroids and other drugs from Signature, as prescribed by Florida physician Gary Brandwein, who has pleaded not guilty to criminal sale of a controlled substance and criminal diversion of prescription drugs. Benoit murdered his wife and son before killing himself in June and Guerrero died in a Minneapolis hotel in 2005 from heart disease.
Guerrero received the steroids testosterone and nandrolone, along with the estrogen-blocker anastozole, a drug commonly taken by men on steroids to prevent developing breast tissue, Nov. 2, 2005, just 11 days before he died of heart disease.
Guerrero's nephew, Chavo Guerrero, found Guerrero unconscious in the hotel room.
Benoit received steroids from Signature, based on a Brandwein prescription, in February, 2006.
The WWE stars are among the first athletes to face discipline for their part in the nationwide Signature Pharmacy scandal, the Internet steroid ring that has already led to guilty pleas from nine doctors, anti-aging clinic owners and operators. Law enforcement sources have said they expect the names of numerous NFL and Major League Baseball athletes to emerge as well.
e premte, 31 gusht 2007
Oops, some big names in the WWE are named in a steroid sting.
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Given his troubled past this one isn't as shocking but still sad nonetheless: Brian "Crush" Adams dead at 44.
Brian Adams, known to wrestling fans under names including Crush, was found dead today at his home in Northeast Tampa.
Authorities were called to the home 4918 Anniston Circle at 11:30 a.m. His wife had found Adams in bed, unconscious and not breathing, according to a Tampa police report.
Fire rescue crews could not revive Adams, 44, and he was declared dead at the scene, according to the report.
There were no visible scenes of injury. The incident is being treated as an unexplained death.
Word Wrestling Entertainment has posted the news of the passing of the former World Tag Team champion. He last performed for the World Wrestling Federation in 2001, serving on the roster beginning in 1990, according to a WWE press release.
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