The Dead Man has opened up on the company’s strict policy (Photo: WWE)
WWE legend The Undertaker has revealed he took steroids early in his career.
The future Hall of Famer – who officially retired last year after three decades in the wrestling industry – has also opened up about the company’s strict and heavily enforced drug testing policy and procedures, which includes prohibiting its stars from taking performance enhancing drugs.
Appearing on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast, the Dead Man – whose real name is Mark Calaway – said: ‘Now, we’re tested for everything. They test for steroids – they have for a while.
‘Yeah, which I don’t understand because there’s some big motherf***ers out there and cut! And I don’t know how they did it – I couldn’t get that big when I was on steroids!’
The iconic superstar – who didn’t confirm exactly when in his career he was talking about – admitted there is a cultural difference now, with everyone much more aware of the risks than they were in the past.
He explained: ‘There was a time where everyone had to be… You had to be big, jacked, right. Especially the guys the 6 foot 8, the big guys – there was a stigma, you’ve gotta be 300 pounds.
‘It’s in our head – nobody gives a s**t. They’re interested in the characters and what you do on TV. But in our heads, “f**k, I’ve gotta be 330 pounds.” ‘
Taker – a former world champion and one of the biggest names in the game – spoke of the company’s commitment to its policy, and revealed he was even subject to the same tests as all stars when he was only appearing once a year at WrestleMania.
‘Before I switched my contracts and now I’m not a talent, now I’m a “legend”, I guess… I’d only work two or three times a year,’ he said. ‘This is at the end of my career, but I was still under a regular contract.
‘So under a regular contract – this is if you’ve tested clean – you have to have four mandatory p**s tests and two blood tests every year.’
As Undertaker noted, the testing is completely random, with the possibility of tests at every show.
In WWE’s official policy, the company states: ‘The “non-medical use” and associated abuse of prescription medications and performance enhancing drugs, as well as the use, possession and/or distribution of illegal drugs, by WWE Talent are unacceptable and prohibited by this Policy, as is the use of masking agents or diuretics taken to conceal or obscure the use of prohibited drugs.’
It later adds: ‘The non-medical use of anabolic androgenic steroids (“AAS”), which include and are based on the natural steroid Testosterone, is prohibited.’