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Jim Bucko, NinjaPimp Reporter at Large
In an industry that only has a couple hundred professionals, it is upsetting to see that dozens of its young performers die every year from a single sickness.
“You can see it in the eyes…It was a void stare of no emotion whatsoever, no highs, no lows, no feeling…just a question, with no answer… ” says professional wrestler Roddy Piper.
Its victims include the entire Von Erich family, ?British Bulldog? Davey Boy Smith, Rick Rude, Curt Hennig, Dick Dudley, Road Warrior Hawk, Pit Bull #2, the Wall, Rocco Rock, and dozens more. What is this sickness? There is no specific name for it, but it most certainly exists. Professional wrestlers abuse their bodies to make it to the top of the industry, that abuse is part of the sickness.
?To wake up, I use uppers. Then I do some steroids to stay in shape. To kill the pain from the last match, I resort to alcohol, painkillers, and pot. A little cocaine before the show takes the edge off, and sleeping pills put me back to sleep at night.? Says one unnamed wrestler.
In the industry today, none of the major companies enforce anti-drug policies. The WWE and NWA-TNA overlook drug use as long as it doesn?t keep the wrestlers from performing. Some wrestlers even insist that the WWE encourages drug use. ?Although they don?t say how, they expect you to have a bodybuilder?s physique when you are on the road 300 days a year. It?s not possible without chemical assistance.? Says another anonymous source.
Although nothing will ever cure it, the first step towards recovery is understanding that there is a sickness. Once major wrestling promotions understand that there is a problem, then they can start to recover.