During a recent episode of The Matt Riviera Show with Triple H’s nutritionist Dave Palumbo as the guest, Palumbo claimed WWE’s wellness policy allows the widespread usage of performance enhancing drugs even if they are currently on the banned list. The revelation came when Palumbo was asked about the types of supplements Triple H took to help him get into shape for his recent WrestleMania matches.
Riviera – “I know that’s the case with the active wrestlers, but I assumed it would be different for an office guy.”
Palumbo – “Nah, no. You’re getting on that stage, okay, to wrestle, you have to—you’re going to be tested. [This is not true.] But the good thing about wrestling is it’s not a professional sport per se, more entertainment, they are allowed to take hormone replacement. So they can go to HRT places, they can get testosterone, you know, 100 milligrams a week, whatever they prescribe nowadays, umm, they can get hCG, they can do, you know, hGH if they want. Those are acceptable, you know, and a lot of the wrestlers do do it, y’know, it’s not for me to say who’s using what, but they’re very minimal doses.”
After the interview, the WWE released an official statement denying Palumbo’s claims of the wellness policy allowing the widespread usage of banned performance enhancing drugs. WWE did state the current policy does allow for exemptions to be made for medical reasons but only around 7% of the entire roster actually qualifies for these exemptions.
“WWE’s comprehensive Talent Wellness Policy, which is administered by an independent, third-party, clearly states hGH and hCG are among a long list of banned substances, however, due to certain medical conditions, there are a variety of therapeutic exemptions that account for approximately 7% of our contracted talent.”
When reached for more details by Deadspin, Palumbo backtracked on his statements and claimed he only meant wrestlers can go to WWE’s official doctors in order to get approval for certain drugs and only if those doctors believe they are eligible for medical exemptions.
Video of the interview with the relevant section: