DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 08: World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton during the WWE Smackdown Live Tour at Westridge Park Tennis Stadium on July 08, 2011 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
Maybe Randy Orton was right to caution fans that they shouldn't believe everything they read online about the reasons behind his 60 day WWE suspension for a Wellness policy violation. Original reports were that he was suspended due to testing positive for the steroid Dianabol, but Dave Meltzer claimed on his subscriber only radio show yesterday that it was over having elevated levels of testosterone in his system at the time of the test, which Orton is privately blaming on a tainted supplement. Like most athletes when caught red-handed, he's professing that he didn't do it on purpose, but realizes he should have been more careful and it won't happen again.
The problem is that WWE wrestlers will always be tempted to try and find ways to get around the company's steroid testing because they know deep down in their hearts that Vince McMahon still pushes partly based on physique.
As Meltzer mentioned, Vince begrudgingly accepts that the most over rising WWE stars are guys like CM Punk and Daniel Bryan who don't fit his preconceived notion of what a wrestler should look like, but he also believes that's why business is down at the moment and that they need to find more tall muscular studs for developmental like the newly signed Stevie Starr. After all, the pushes of Ezekial Jackson, Mason Ryan and Ryback have worked so well.
Maybe history plays a big part in Vince's mentality, as business went down during the mid-1990s too when he was forced to start steroid testing for the first time and build around smaller guys like Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels. Of course, those two got over much better than the muscular Lex Luger or the giant Kevin "Diesel" Nash, but it's easy to forget that with the passage of time.
Regarding the rumors that powerful forces within WWE were trying to get Orton fired over his latest drug test failure, former WWE wrestler Kenny Dykstra, aka Kenn Doane, is pointing the finger at John Cena on Twitter and later blamed Cena's current marriage problems on his on the road adultery:
When I was there an orton got suspended 1st time cena told me he wanted orton fired. So now im sure its probly him trying for rko's release. Regardless hopefully he don't get fired has a young child and is the best story teller in wwe. They do still tell stories in the ring right?
@CenaApproved everyone is entitled to their beliefs. Im sure his infidelity in his marriage is a rumor by me too? Or is it truth being told?
B4 I get hate tweets from cena fans, just know im not lying. Have no reason 2. His issue is his issue Sure he has bigger problems #RafoolLaw
This could just be sour grapes on Doane's part over a backstage slight, so take it with a big pinch of salt, but it does fit with the stories that have been going around. If Orton was gone, then that would further solidify Cena's position as far and away the biggest superstar in the whole company, and most top stars in the history of wrestling have been highly protective of their spot.
Definitely some food for thought, Cagesiders.