TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -
Tuscaloosa homicide investigators say WWE Hall of Famer Sherri Martel had
multiple drugs in her system when she died, including a high amount of oxycodone.
A homicide spokesperson said her June death in McCalla was ruled an accident.
Martel, who was 49, was inducted into the World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Fame last year and won championship titles in the American Wrestling Association and World Wrestling Federation.
At the time of her death, Captain Loyd Baker of the Tuscaloosa County Metro Homicide Unit had said foul play isn't suspected, but that Martel didn't die of natural causes.
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Vicious May Return to WWE
WWE has apparently been
talking to Sid Vicious about returning to WWE ring action.
There is a question regarding whether or not Sid can pass a wellness test
in order to be hired. For those who don’t know, Sid had a bad break in his leg
putting him out of action several years ago.
Sources who have seen Sid said he looks good and wrestles the same as he
always has. Source: Ryan
Clark, Pro Wrestling Torch.
Pharmacy Investigation Update
Prosecutors are working to
prove that Signature Pharmacy provided prescriptions to clients without said
client ever having seen a medical doctor. Signature
Pharmacy’s attorney has denied any such wrong doing.
Source: Ryan Gray, www.24wrestling.com.
Columnist Comes Down Hard on WWE
You can read the full story
But Bob DiCesare is not
happy with the way WWE has handled its wellness program.
Reporter Tells It Like It Is
The Orlando Sentinel ran
the following article:
Orlando should push the WWE
to come clean
Vince McMahon came to town
six months ago and we all laughed along. Now Orlando getting WrestleMania 24
doesn't seem all that harmlessly amusing.
Entertainment's big party is still scheduled for March at the Citrus Bowl. It
shouldn't be unless McMahon shows he's as serious about getting rid of drugs as
he is about making money.
That topic was easy to
ignore at March's big announcement at city hall. It was more fun watching Ashley
the Dirty Diva make eyes at Buddy Dyer.
Then WWE star Chris Benoit
killed his family and himself, and McMahon had the worst PR summer this side of
The bad newz keeps coming.
Last week the WWE suspended 11 rasslers for violating its "wellness
policy" and Congress said it would hold hearings.
Does The City Beautiful
really want to get in the mud with McMahon?
It was right to pursue
WrestleMania, but withhold the key to the city until the WWE develops a more
legitimate testing policy. The current one has fewer teeth than the average
"If the goal was to
have a policy in place for PR reasons but have athletes maintain their size and
look, then it was working," Dave Meltzer said. "Until the walls came
tumbling down last week."
Meltzer publishes the
Wrestling Observer Newsletter. He counted 60 wrestlers under 50 years old who've
died in the past 10 years.
It's a combination of
accidents, drugs, heart disease and lifestyle. Meltzer noted that if that ratio
applied to the NFL, guess how many players would have died since 1997?
That would be 430.
Think that would have
gotten anyone's attention down at city hall?
They certainly responded to
demands that the new venues be built "green." I'm all for saving the
environment, but saving a few lives also has merit.
At this point, let me
apologize for the earlier crack about teeth. Most wrestling fans undoubtedly
have fine oral hygiene. It was to illustrate how their sport got in this
Most dismiss it as a joke.
Then a wrestler turns into a homicidal maniac, serious questions are asked and
McMahon starts looking like the Bud Selig of the Death League.
The WWE has roughly 160
active wrestlers, and 11 of them were fingered in one raid on an Internet
pharmacy. That's the now notorious Signature Pharmacy in Orlando. Apparently the
city's biggest WrestleMania lure was the postage wrestlers would save by picking
up their steroids in person.
It seems half the sports
world has or will be implicated in the Signature investigation. In some ways,
real sports are as lame as wrestling when it comes to testing.
Human Growth Hormone is the
drug of choice, yet there is no test. The only deterrent would be to collect
blood samples until a test is developed.
Nobody's doing that, but
wouldn't it be astounding if the WWE led the way? If you think that's going to
happen, you also believe The Dirty Diva's body parts are real.
The WWE exempts wrestlers
who can produce a doctor's prescription. We're quickly learning what a joke that
McMahon's biggest obstacle
is that muscles sell. Super-freaky bodies get the best TV spots and promotional
"Every fan who
understands wrestling knows the score," Meltzer said. "And every
wrestler knows the score."
McMahon's strategy will be
to weather the storm and hope Congress doesn't get too meddlesome. By next March
we can all pretend everything's back to normal.
We've seen what normal
means with the WWE.
Does Orlando really want to
be a party to that?
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reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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What a novel idea this
would be…entire cities banning WWE until the wrestlers are clean – and safe.
The reporter isn’t just talking about wrestling’s inability to test
their personnel, look closely, the entire drug testing system for sports appears
to be questionable.
Two of the
wrestlers named as Signature Pharmacy clients, Santino Marella and Randy Orton,
both appeared at WWE’s Africa tour. Other
WWE Signature Pharmacy clients did not. There
is no word on why they were allowed to skip suspension. Source: www.24wrestling.com.
Batista was not suspended, but as reported earlier, Batista claims he was never
a client of Signature Pharmacy and may be seeking legal action against the
reporting agency that named him as such.
Wilson Just Says No
Torrie reacted to the
accusation that WWE Divas were using drugs with a vehement denial.
Torrie stated that she gets what she’s got by hard work in the gym and
not by using drugs. Her denial wasn’t quite as radical as Victoria’s although
Torrie only mentions not using steroids. Source:
With Ric Flair
Last Friday in a radio
interview, Flair denied quitting WWE. This means he didn’t quit or got what he
wanted and will be staying. Source:
King Booker Goes, Sharmell Follows
The rumor mill is flying
again regarding Sharmell staying in WWE. Source
say that Sharmell is not interested in being a part of WWE if Booker is no long
there and would have no problem walking away from the organization. We have not
heard anything regarding her contract with WWE and how it might impact her
Family Fund For Brain Injury Research
Michael Benoit, father of
Chris and grandfather of Daniel Benoit, has set up the above fund.
Donations can be sent to:
Sports Legacy Institute
Benoit Family Fund for
Brain Injury Research
230 Third Avenue
Make checks payable to
Sports Legacy Institute. You can
also make a contribution via Paypal here: www.sportslegacy.org/donations.asp.
Latest Action in Response to Benoit’s Brain
WWE has removed an article
from their official website that documented some of the most famous chair shots
in wrestling history. Source: www.wrestlingtruth.com.
Daddy Hogan Knows Best
or Does He?
reports that Hulk Hogan’s son, Nick, will be represented by Barry Cohen, a
high profile criminal attorney. So,
all you little Hulkamaniacs out there, it’s okay to do B A D things as long as
your Daddy is Hulk Hogan who can afford the best attorney money can buy.
Are Missing Eugene
Integrity Bookings has
announced their newest client addition: Eric
Bischoff’s Favorite Nephew, Nick “U-Gene” Disnmore. He will be available
for wrestling matches, wrestling clinics and autograph sessions.
Contact TalentRelations@ integritybookings.com. Source www.gerweck.net.