10 Ways The Chris Benoit Double-Murder/Suicide Case Changed WWE Forever
10. Drugs Are Bad
WWE implemented the Wellness Policy in early 2006 after the untimely death of Eddie Guerrero, but it was roundly chastised until an aggressive tightening in 2007 following the Benoit murders that saw countless performers suspended thanks to a litany of recreational and performance enhancing busts.
Despite Guerrero's devastating death due to a heart attack allegedly aided by years of steroid abuse, the policy was openly mocked on air. The nadir came in October 2006, when Triple H infamously suggested that Chris Masters write a book entitled 'how to lose 50lbs in two weeks' during a backstage vignette after he'd returned from a suspension with a comically reduced muscle mass.
Initial (and ultimately inaccurate) reports of the Benoit murders occurring because of a 'roid rage' brought new focus on performance enhancers that the company hadn't experienced since quietly parking their in-house testing in 1997. The Orlando-based Signature Pharmacy were busted on illegal drug charges, and boasted a client list with several main roster members as regular customers.
Names disappeared on television on an almost weekly basis, and physiques across the company shrunk and normalised as crackdowns intensified under the ever-changing policy.
It made for chaotic television and a complete readjustment of how the company conducted business (and drug-related punishments) for several months until a slew of stars had served their time.
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