In the NY Daily News, The Rock is quoted as saying, about steroids in wrestling: “There needs to be zero tolerance. You use, you’re caught, you’re out.” On Benoit, he said, “I knew Chris very well. He was a tremendously gifted athlete. The guy who committed that heinous crime is not the guy I knew.”
Also, in an interview with the Ottawa Sun’s Tim Baines, Rock says, “There has been an environment created where steroids became rampant. Mixing steroids and the lifestyle (some wrestlers live) is a recipe for disaster. We need a unilateral program with a zero tolerance policy If you want to be a professional wrestler, you have to have the ability to connect with an audience. The size of your biceps won’t enhance your ability to connect with that audience.”
In other news:
– This week’s TNA did a 1.12 up from last week, according to Nielsen Media Research by way of PWInsider.
– According to Dr. Keith Lipinski, Matt Sydal suffered a concussion over the weekend in his final ROH match vs. Delirious.
– From Mike Mooneyham’s latest column (which is a great read about the recent WWE suspensions, Marc Mero & more, and can be found here): HBO’s Real Sports will revisit its story on the extreme lives and deaths of pro wrestlers in its season opener at 10 p.m. Tuesday.
– WWE.com talked to Trish about the Unforgiven Women’s Title fight here.