A little over a month ago former WWE Champion Roman Reigns was suspended for violating the WWE’s Wellness Policy and was placed on a 30-day suspension. Just two weeks ago Brock Lesnar, former WWE Champion as well as UFC fighter, failed multiple drug tests before his UFC 200 bout against Mike Hunt. According to the WWE though, he won’t receive any type of disciplinary action.
While the “Beast Incarnate” is a part-time employee of the WWE, he is still under contract. WWE has stated that only full-time wrestlers of 200 appearances a year are subject to the policy. The question remains though. Should Lesnar and other part-timers be subject to the same rules as the rest of the roster?
Almost a month before WWE Battleground, news broke that Roman Reigns had violated the WWE Wellness Policy and would go on to lose the WWE Championship to Dean Ambrose. It was a smart move on WWE’s part to put the belt on a fan favorite, as well as a chance to save a little face. Vince McMahon’s golden boy, who was continuously forced down fans throats, was to receive a 30-day suspension from RAW and Smackdown.
Many fans saw this as the end of the “Roman Empire” and we’d be rid of his boorish character. Well, we were wrong and he is now challenging Rusev for the WWE US Championship at this year’s SummerSlam. This proves that no matter who breaks the rules, they get punished, or does it?
Enter Brock Lesnar. Just before his UFC 200 match against Mike Hunt, Lesnar failed multiple drug tests and was still allowed to fight. Not only did Lesnar win the bout, but he also took a pretty nice payday. $2.5 million to be exact. So why isn’t Lesnar being suspended? Why is he still able to take another big payday when he faces off against Randy Orton at Summerslam?
Both Lesnar and Reigns are what Vince McMahon deems “perfect wrestlers.” Vince loves big, beastly Adonises in the ring. So why suspend Reigns but allow Lesnar to collect yet another huge payday?
The WWE responded by pointing to their Wellness Policy which distinguishes between part-time and full-time wrestlers. In all honesty, if good ol’ Vinny Mac is using Lesnar to push Orton, it still isn’t the right thing to do. Even in a sport where the endings are predetermined, drug use should not, and is not tolerated, unless you’re a beast of a man that takes joy in crushing anything that gets near him.
In the end, it’s about the bottom line. When Reigns won the WWE Championship at Wrestlemania, ratings for Raw plummeted. Fans were sick of his horrible mic work as well as his wrestling ability. Lesnar will put butts in the seats. Lesnar will sell more merchandise. This is what Vince cares about most. At this point, the Wellness Policy takes a backseat to money. Vince has two choices right now. Make a lot of money with Lesnar, or save some face and bite the bullet and not allow Lesner to compete. We all know the choice he would make and has made. Lesnar doesn’t get anything but a slap on the wrist.
At least the UFC will take some action. There is talk that his fight against Hunt will be ruled a No Contest, but in some strange twist of fate, Lesnar gets to keep his money. Whether it’s the squared circle or the octagon, it’s always about the bottom line.