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Randy Orton’s second violation of WWE’s Talent Wellness Program puts the organization in a quandary since one more infraction would result in automatic termination. However, given the long-held belief that WWE selectively enforces their drug testing policy, there is skepticism as to whether the organization would follow through on cutting ties with the high-ranked wrestler in the event of another drug test failure.

Dustin Starr, who appeared as referee for Florida Championship Wrestling in 2010, tweeted “WWE would never release Randy Orton” in response to former Intercontinental Champion Lance Storm praising the sports entertainment organization for sticking to their drug testing policy with the 60-day suspension of The Viper. Storm disagreed with his remark.

“By policy they could rehire after 1 year. He’d be fresh and hot on return,” Storm explained.

Starr replied, “I don’t know. Seems like a diamond they would not be willing to let go. He’s a golden boy.”

WWE’s official procedure for handling a third Talent Wellness Program violation reads: “In the event of a third positive test for substances prohibited by this Policy other than marijuana and alcohol, the WWE Talent’s contract with WWE will be terminated and WWE will publicly disclose the WWE Talent’s name and that WWE Talent’s contract was terminated for a third violation of the Policy.

“Any WWE Talent, who has participated in a drug rehabilitation program as a result of the Policy, must undergo the mandatory unannounced follow-up testing set forth in Section 8 C (1) of the Policy for the remainder of his/her contractual relationship with WWE.

“Any WWE Talent, who leaves the WWE for any reason with a first or second violation on his/her record, will maintain said violation count on his/her record from the time he/she departs WWE until the time he/she returns, if ever, to the WWE.

“In addition, a WWE Talent, who is terminated by the WWE for a third violation of the Policy, will be prohibited from returning to the WWE for at least one (1) year. If a WWE Talent, who is terminated for a third violation of the Policy, is permitted by the WWE, in its sole discretion, to return to the WWE, then (1) such WWE Talent must test negative for all prohibited substances under this Policy during the pre-contract screening process; (2) such WWE Talent will return to the WWE with a first and second violation of this Policy against his/her record; and (3) such WWE Talent must undergo the mandatory unannounced follow-up testing set forth in Section 8 C (1) of the Policy for a period of at least one (1) year after execution of his/her new contract with WWE.”

The nine-time world champion’s suspension reportedly stems from a positive drug test for the anabolic steroid Dianabol, which is banned by the United States Congress under its Controlled Substances Act. He also reportedly tested positive for marijuana, which is subject to a $2,500 fine.

  • scooter

    Like it or not orton, punk and cena are the only three names that really draw right now if you were vince would you get rid of him?

  • J-J

    People forget what happened to Jeff Hardy. If he had resigned with the WWE then there would’ve been a huge shit storm having a main event guy with that amount of drugs in his house. The fact that he got busted 6 days after he left was a huge stroke of luck on the WWE’s part.
    Hardy already had 2 strikes yet they persisted with him as a main event guy because he was so over (more so than Orton & possibly even Cena). I believe WWE has learned some pretty tough lessons from the Hardy ordeal. Doesn’t matter how over a guy is or how much money they can make the company, the damage from having such a top guy go through that kind of scandal would erase a lot of the hard work the WWE have done in trying to clean up their image.
    Orton will have to stay a mid card act for at least a year, be subject to a more stringent testing regime & maybe then slowly go back up the ladder. The WWE obviously want return on a very sizeable investment but they’re going to have to wait for Orton to prove himself first.
    Maybe this will lead to changes in future contracts where a clause will be put in stating that if a performer tests positive then their lucrative contracts can be renegotiated. The whole thing is a learning curve & for all the criticisms leveled (rightly) at the WWE, they are doing a pretty good job in this case. Maybe it will take something like Orton being fired over a 3rd wellness failure to help them get it right?

  • Chris E.

    Every single male competitor in WWE is on some type of steroid. The fact that WWE can test any of those guys and not find something indicates the program is a sham. I am not against that at all. Better to have great looking athletes who can perform all year around, as opposed to normal sized guys getting injured all the time and not being able to work through. And, much better WWE do their own “testing” as opposed to the government implementing/ imposing their own on WWE.

  • ant

    um jimbotron (what a gay name by the way) i love how u call us orton marks but youre just a orton hater and im goin on record and sayin i like orton as a PERFORMER and did u know there are different types of steroids not stickin up for orton doing what he did just sayin i dont know orton personally then again ive never had broken collarbone and shoulder injuries either

  • Stevie P

    Thinking about this, I’m glad WWE has this policy. It’ll help, not hurt the guys in the end.

  • Jimbotron

    I love how all the Orton marks go to bat for him. Dude took steroids, he got suspended, live with it.

  • marcum

    it doesn’t matter how big of a draw randy orton is if he keeps geting budted for drug policy volations he sho,bu tt hisis not his third time so he wont get fired but ihe gets cauain he sould get terminated. if you have policy with your contract the amount of reaction you have when you walk throuh the curtin shouldnt decide if you have to follow the wellness policy.

  • ICE

    idk guys i kinda agree with millie wwe should fire laurinitis and big show for always cheating XD

  • http://BlaH BlaH

    Do to him what they did to Triple H in ’96 bury him.
    Also do his contract over give him less yrs and less $.
    He just proved he cant be trusted, it wasnt like he took something
    he didnt know what was…. the dude stuck a f’n needle in his ass there isnt no mistaking that.
    Make him work he way back up to the top.
    .
    .
    Plus Vince is a genius he can always create someone else
    *stroking dick motion*

  • grizz

    I think WWE should fire Orton, treat him just like anybody else.

  • Nicholas

    Oh IWC really has nothing to talk about to still think WWE would fire Randy Orton is very funny. Randy Orton is never going to get fire even if he did he would be back before the year is out. Randy Orton will never step foot in TNA and deep down TNA markks knows it.

  • Jon

    I don’t think Orton is going no where. Orton is valuable for WWE and firing him for his second vioaltion. Also TNA can’t afford a style of a contract as he does in the WWE, just hope Orton realize it.

  • John Laurenitus’ Voice

    If he was let go he’d be on TNA so fast Vince’s head would spin

  • Leon

    I agree with lance storm. Release him for a year. Let the guy rest up and understand that this can and will be gone tomorrow. When he comesback he will be bigger than ever. Give him a push and start new feuds with people. Plus christain, d-bryan, kofi, and other superstars can be pushed while randy orton is gone.

  • http://google the dude

    Firing orton would be dumb for a couple reasons 1 he’s a huge draw and I feel he still hasn’t reached his peak yet 2 losing orton would be a huge blow to an already thin roster and 3 they would lose a ton of money on merch sales I agree with them giving him time to “stew” after the 60 days is up but firing him would just be detrimental to the company

  • ant

    Tyler i agree but the fact of the matter is he HASNT reached his 3rd violation yet and who knows if they put him on the bench for awhile it might turn orton around for the better all im sayin is dont fire the guy like thats just a waste of talent ya know

  • SYM

    WWE should just Cover up Orton’s issues like they do with John Cena.

  • Tyler(:

    ant, it would be stupid but it would be policy, if WWE doesn’t fire him ( if he has a third mistake ) then their policy is a sham.

  • ant

    plus i think his friend john cena would probably go to bat for him if it ever really got to that point

  • ant

    theyd be stupid to fire randy orton hes a huge draw in the company and not a lot of wrestlers get the reaction he gets when his music hits plus the ladies love him and hes a decent wrestler whos had some great storylines and feuds in the past

  • millie

    randy orton is the best wwe wrestler in the world
    i think that the wwe board derectors needs to fire john laurinaitis and the big show they always cheat a lot and even lord tendsie.wish that triple h would be the new general manager for raw and teddy long for smackdown.

  • Robinson

    do you guys have to include that same last paragraph every single time?!

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