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Evan Bourne's suspension for his first violation of WWE's Talent Wellness Program has generated a great deal of controversy amongst talent as some feel a double standard is in place.

 

Bourne, who's real name is Matthew Korklan, was suspended for thirty days on November 1, 2011 after testing positive for Spice, a synthetic marijuana brand. Wrestling Observer editor Dave Meltzer reports Bourne and another wrestler higher up the card smoked the marijuana substitute drug at a party, yet he was the only one of the two to be suspended. The other wrestler was told he had failed for marijuana, which results in a $2,500 fine, as opposed to a thirty-day suspension for synthetic marijuana.

 

According to the Wrestling Globe Newsletter, the wrestler in question is a participant in tonight's Survivor Series match featuring John Cena and The Rock against R-Truth and The Miz.

 

This has led to questions about whether WWE's drug testing procedure is flawed or whether talent are treated differently depending on their status in the organization.

 

This would not be the first time in which WWE reprieved a top-level talent who had violated their Talent Wellness Program. On August 30, 2007, Sports Illustrated named Randy Orton as one of fourteen contracted and former WWE performers to have purchased pharmaceuticals from an online pharmacy (Signature Pharamacy), a violation of the Talent Wellness Program. Specifically, Orton received somatropin, nandrolone, stanozolol between September 2004 and February 2007, which occurred after the "no drugs from online sources" rule was instituted. However, Orton was the lone contracted performer not to be suspended by WWE. Wrestling Observer editor Dave Meltzer reported that WWE did not suspend Orton because he had already been suspended for a drug policy violation in August 2006, resulting in double jeopardy. The ruling, however, appeared nonsensical since Orton continued to receive pharmaceuticals following the suspension. WWE attorney Jerry McDevitt claimed last year in a letter to Irv Muchnick that "no action was taken against Randy Orton because he was not on any customer list for Signature Pharmacy ever provided to us by District Attorney Soares."

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According to various sites, its R-truth.

 

At the same time though, guys like orton wont get suspended because of various storylines that are heading into a PPV. Much like Truth, they knew about this match months ago, so will not suspend him going into a tag match with the rock on PPV.....as it'd ruin the build up and most likely cost them money.

 

They'll suspend bourne because even though hes tag champ, He's not involed in anything important.

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Thing is, and as much as the wellness policy is bogus, it could just come down to Truth not being called in for testing this time round whereas Bourne was, since it's all supposed to be random

 

The bigger problem is that stopping the roster smoking weed will run the risk of them turning to other things to relax or dull aches and pains. I'd rather they smoked weed than started hitting the Somas, etc.

 

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Then again after the way Miz bitchshit on Truth at the end of RAW maybe he's about to get a 30 day holiday as well. Either that or they're going to Canada for a couple of weeks...

 

EDIT : And they have, see you in 30 R-Truth!

 

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According to various sites, its R-truth.

Well that's just racist.

Why?

 

Aparently its truth as he travels with him and if you read the top bit it mentions it would be somebody in the main event at survivor series. Thats what the sites are saying anyway.

I'm just saying, there's four people in the survivor series main event. No need to pick on the black guy.

 

 

Yes, I'm joking

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Suspended for synthetic marijuana! :laugh:

 

Seriously though, doesn't anyone else think that all of these stupid rules that WWE have implemented could be partly to blame for the talent being bland, faceless bores with no personality for the most part?

 

Could you imagine what the WWF of the 80's would have been like had they been as strict about what the guys do away from the ring? We'd have seen a lot less of guys like Roddy Piper, Hulk Hogan, Warrior and so forth.

 

No wonder we're getting stuck with chumps like Cody Rhodes. His idea of a party is a game of charades and as much lemonade and fun-sized mars bars as you can eat.

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