As weed has become one of the most popular and widely used drugs in the world today, the legal status of the substance is changing and is now legal in some places making it more accessible than ever before. Because of this, many pro wrestlers have turned to using marijuana to treat their post-match pain.
At a federal level, marijuana is still illegal, making it a punishable offense on WWE’s Wellness Policy. Testing positive for Marijuana earns you a 30-day suspension and a $2,500 fine, however, I believe this status should change.
In decades past, wrestlers like Kurt Angle, Eddie Guerrero, and Chris Benoit turned to prescription painkillers and other dangerous medication to help deal with WWE’s rigorous travel schedule and painful matches. Although these pills may have worked, they are easy to become addicted to and have many harmful side effects to the user’s health. In 2018, more and more athletes are turning to weed because it is not considered addicting or dangerous, and has been proven effective in treating chronic pain. Pro wrestlers now understand what painkillers will do to their body and psyche, ultimately turning them onto a potentially different route.
Handfuls of wrestlers such as Bam Bam Bigelow, Mrs. Elizabeth, Mr. Perfect, Test, Reid Flair, and countless others have died at ages ranging from 25-50 years old. The one thing they all had in common: Substance abuse issues that absolutely played a roll in their untimely deaths. Stars of the past generation such as Kevin Nash also site medical marijuana as a career saver and just what wrestling needs. There is no overnight fix to the drug problem in pro wrestling, but marijuana could be the safer alternative that we’ve been waiting for.
Wrestling stars such as Evan Bourne, Randy Orton, RVD, Jeff Hardy, Val Venis, and X-Pac are some of weed in wrestling’s biggest advocates, and their case is convincing. Many wrestlers have cited that WWE should mimic NHL’s marijuana policy and don’t test for it at all! We’ve seen what happens to performers when they try and treat pain with prescription drugs… maybe it’s time for wrestling to try marijuana, a safe and familiar alternative.