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Clarification on the Carlito firing story - he did not fail a drug test as originally reported

Carlito - far from the first WWE wrestler to be fired for showing up in no condition to perform and refusing rehab. (Wikimedia Commons)
Carlito - far from the first WWE wrestler to be fired for showing up in no condition to perform and refusing rehab. (Wikimedia Commons)

According to Dave Meltzer on his May 21st Wrestling Observer radio show, Carlito's first violation of the WWE Wellness Program was not a drug test failure for some form of prescription medication or recreational drug.  The story Dave heard is that Carlito turned up in no condition to perform at last week's Raw TV taping in Toronto and they immediately told him that he needed to go to rehab.  Carlito apparently refused rehab because he's in denial that he has a drugs problem.

This story confirms a major weakness in WWE's Wellness Program, namely that their drug testing is seemingly unable to catch wrestlers with dangerous addictions to prescription medication before they show up in no condition to perform or pass out in a public place or worse.  As Dave Meltzer wrote on his message board, just before this story broke, in a thread about Ted DiBiase Sr's May 18th Figure Four Daily interview where Ted took the opportunity to shamelessly eulogize WWE's Wellness policy: 

Exactly how many people have been flagged by the Wellness policy for painkillers?

Kurt Angle, self professed 60 pills a day, NEVER failed a test for pain killers.  He failed for steroids only because he let his prescription expire and forgot to get his doctor to renew him.

You'd think the heavily publicized Chris Benoit situation and everything that came out would at least smarten people here up enough to know what is and isn't valid and real about the testing and the obvious holes.

Not only did WWE's drug testing fail to catch Angle's, Benoit's and Carlito's addiction to pain pills, it also failed to catch similar problems with Joey Matthews and Lance Cade.  It's probably a safe assumption that the few people who may have gotten flagged by the Wellness policy for painkillers were only flagged because they didn't have a valid prescription for the drugs they were abusing.

Speaking of the inherent shadiness of WWE's Wellness policy, Dave also talked about rumors in the last several weeks that there should have been a recent drug test failure because there were certain people who could not have passed a drug test and these people ended up taking a drug test, but no drug test failure has been publicly announced yet by WWE.  It should be noted that no-one has been officially caught out by WWE's drug testing program since Rey Mysterio was suspended on August 27th 2009 for 30 days.  The lack of any drug testing failures for so long should raise some eyebrows too at the efficacy of WWE's current evolution of it's Wellness policy.

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