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)
We know with absolute certainty that Randy Orton has been suspended for 60 days for a Wellness Policy violation. That's not in dispute here. What is in dispute is what exactly he failed a drug test for.
My colleague Keith Harris reported conflicting stories from Superluchas.net and the Wrestling Observer just last night (June 6, 2012) in which the former claimed Orton failed for the oral steroid methandrostenolone, better known by its trade name of Dianabol, and marijuana. The Observer quickly expressed doubt that this was the case, seeing as Dianabol is out of fashion these days, and cited sources saying a tainted supplement was to blame.
For his part, Orton has remained quiet ... until last night when he took to Twitter to answer a few fan questions. When asked why he was suspended, "The Viper" responded:
"When I'm able to tell you, I will. Until then, don't believe everything you read!"
As Keith noted in his post, if marijuana was the main culprit, it wouldn't have resulted in a suspension, so that's out. And if it was a tainted supplement, it seems odd they would dump a top star for 60 days, unless, of course, a zero tolerance policy is in effect thanks to Linda McMahon's senate campaign. Steroids shouldn't be ruled out altogether, seeing as his name has been linked to steroids in the past, most notably in the 2007 Sports Illustrated story.
Orton was also asked if he'll return as a heel because of the suspension.
"We can only pray," he responded.