Joanie Laurer “Chyna”, 1990s Wrestling Legend, Dies aged 46

Chyna (born Joan Marie Laurer on December 27, 1969 passed away at the age of only 46, on  April 20, 2016. “Chyna” was an American professional wrestler, actress,glamour model, bodybuilder, English teacher and pornographic film actress.

Chyna first roseLaurer,_Joanie_(2007) to prominence in the professional wrestling promotion the World Wrestling Federation in 1997, where she performed under the ring name Chyna and was billed as the “Ninth Wonder of the World” (André the Giant was already billed as the eighth). A founding member of the stable D-Generation X as the promotion’s first female enforcer, she held the WWF Intercontinental Championship (the only female performer to do so) twice and the WWF Women’s Championship once.

Chyna was also the first woman to participate in the Royal Rumble and King of the Ring events, as well as to become number one contender to the WWF Championship. With singles victories over several prominent male wrestlers – including multiple-time world championsTriple H, Kurt Angle, Chris Jericho and Jeff Jarrett[9] – Chyna has left “a lasting legacy as the most dominant female competitor of all time”. After leaving the WWF in 2001, Chyna wrestled sporadically, with New Japan Pro Wrestling in 2002 and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling in 2011.

Outside of wrestling, Chyna appeared in Playboy magazine twice, as well as numerous television shows and films. In 2005, she was a cast member on VH1’s The Surreal Life, which led to several other celebrity reality appearances on the network, including The Surreal Life: Fame Games in 2007 and Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew in 2008. She is also known for her tumultuous relationship with fellow wrestler Sean Waltman, with whom she made a sex tape released commercially in 2004 as 1 Night in China, which won a 2006 AVN Award for Best-Selling Title. She starred in a further five pornographic titles, including AVN’s 2012 Best Celebrity Sex Tape, Backdoor to Chyna.

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Arguably the most popular female wrestler of all time, Joanie Laurer reached historic heights as Chyna for the WWF (now WWE). Then she reached historic lows as Joanie Laurer in the real world.

legal steroids-prosHer WWE career highlights include a reign as Intercontinental Champion in the men’s division. Her post-WWE career highlights include an arrest for battering her wrestler boyfriend, copious and colorful stories of public drunkenness, a disastrous lawsuit over whether she could use the name “Chyna” professionally, a too-revealing stint on The Surreal Life and a starring role in what reviewers call one of the worst hardcore porn movies of all time.

In the wrestling business, there’s a special phrase reserved for the question of whether people who left the company on bad terms might ever return: “Never say never”. That phrase has been officially waived for Laurer. If all of the above weren’t bad enough, her severely estranged formed lover is now married to the daughter of Vince McMahon.

Born in 1970, Joanie Laurer was the product of a broken home. According to her autobiography, her childhood was “dysfunctional”. Her father was an alcoholic and her mother bounced from one unhealthy relationship to the next. In a happier story, this fact would raise the question of “nature” vs. “nurture”, but in this case, both nature and nurture would follow the same path to inevitable disaster.

It took young Joanie a while to find herself. She tried a number of trades, including belly dancing, selling pagers, tending bar and fronting a garage band. In 1995, she decided to give wrestling a go, and enrolled in a wrestling school run by the legendary Killer Kowalski.

While in training, she met a young up-and-comer named Paul Levesque, who had graduated from Kowalski’s school a few years earlier. Levesque had recently jumped ship from Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling for Vince McMahon’s World Wrestling Federation (later rechristened World Wrestling Entertainment after an improbably disastrous lawsuit by the World Wildlife Fund).

Kowalski set up a meeting between Laurer and the WWF, arranging a tryout that led to her debut with the promotion in 1997. (Laurer tells a different version of the story, which Kowalski explained by saying, “She lies and lies and lies”.)

Chyna debuted in the WWF as Levesque’s “valet”, which is wrestling-speak for “hot babe groupie”. But Chyna wasn’t so much a “hot babe” as a “tough broad” — she was as tall as many of the wrestlers, weighing in at 190 pounds of pure muscle. She began her career by providing the occasional timely assist to Levesque, who had been rebranded as Hunter Heart Helmsley, aka Triple H.

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In 1997, HHH and Chyna joined forces with wrestling legend Shawn Michaels to form D-Generation X, a wrestling faction that helped usher in what would be known as WWE’s Attitude Era. Chyna continued as a prominent wrestler, but she was largely a secondary character.

That changed in 1998, when Chyna decided to improve her wrestling abilities in the great tradition of virtually all female wrestlers in the modern era — by getting a pair of gigantic silicon boobs grafted to her ribcage. Suddenly, Laurer’s muscles were only the second-most bulbous feature on her body, and her status within the WWF began to rise at a rate directly proportional to the erections of her adolescent male fans.

In a break with tradition, Chyna was booked as a real wrestler. In the past, women’s roles in professional wrestling were limited to valets (arm candy) and matches within the women’s division, which were mostly a literary device designed to allow bathroom breaks during a pay-per-view. Chyna announced that she wasn’t interested in seeking the women’s title. She wanted to wrestle men.

For as long as her backstage political backing endured, she was remarkably successful in this quest. She fought the Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin, two of the company’s biggest stars, and eventually won the WWF’s Intercontinental Title, a championship belt for wrestlers who weren’t quite ready for main event billing. Chyna worked programs with or against Chris Jericho, Eddie Guerrero and Jeff Jarrett, among others.

Her quest for the gold was assisted by her off-screen relationship with Triple H, which had become hot and heavy during the preceding months. (Chyna later toldHoward Stern that the two had a lot of anal sex, which Stern speculated was some kind of gay thing, in light of Chyna’s masculine, steroid-fueled physique.)

Triple H was one of the company’s top stars, and more importantly, he was the consummate backstage politician. Sleeping with powerful people is a great way to reach the top… as long as you don’t stop sleeping with them.

Triple H became involved in a storyline that had him “marrying” Stephanie McMahon, daughter of WWF Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon. The on-screen story eventually morphed into a real-life affair, however, leaving Chyna out in the cold. When her contract expired, Laurer and the WWF couldn’t come to terms over money, and she left.

In itself, the decision leave WWF/WWE was not career suicide. Laurer had some possibilities, including wrestling on the independent circuit or capitalizing on her successful Playboy spread.

But the ensuing madness slowly foreclosed her options. There are several words and phrases that spring to mind when considering the post-WWE life of Joanie Laurer… “Tailspin” is one of them. “Downward spiral” also works. “Hindenberg” probably wouldn’t be an understatement either.

After splitting with HHH, Laurer hooked up with another former WWE wrestler, Sean “X-Pac” Waltman. Waltman had left WWE in 2002, struggling with an addiction problem, and spent the next few years in and out of rehab. His relationship with Laurer didn’t help, between her own drug and drinking problems, spates of sometimes deranged behavior and occasional abusive fits.

Laurer struggled to find her footing outside the WWE. Chyna was a hot commodity, but no one knew who the hell Joanie Laurer was, and the WWE banned her from using the stage name, which it had trademarked. The “cease and desist” letters flew when Fox tried to promote her as Chyna during an appearance on Celebrity Boxing 2, which ended in an embarrassing loss to Joey Buttafuoco for the artist “formerly known as Chyna”. Laurer filled her time with other such career highlights as judging the World’s Most Beautiful Transsexual Pageant.

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Things continued to slide. Laurer lost out in a bid to play the female killing machine in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines when the producers decided to cast the waifish and forgettable Kristanna Loken as the Terminatrix. And let’s face it, if Laurer couldn’t get cast playing a female robot killing machine, what the hell kind of movie could she star in?

The answer to that question came along in 2004, when an “amateur” sex video featuring Laurer and Waltman was “accidentally” released on the Internet, not long after Paris Hilton won a burst of media attention with a similar release. Unlike the Hilton video, which was short and uninspired, Laurer’s sex vid was long and way, way too enthusiastic.

It also featured far more of Joanie Laurer than virtually anybody wanted to see. Laurer and Waltman engaged in hardcore oral, anal and just plain distasteful intercourse for 56 unbearable minutes, including loving footage of Laurer’s penis… uh, clitoris… uh, penis… uh, let’s go with “very large clitoris that really, really, REALLY looks like a penis”.

The clitoris in question was aptly described by a reviewer at SomethingAwful.com as “terrifying”. Reviewers who could stop fixating on the clit were appalled by the acne rash on Joanie’s ass, a byproduct of anabolic steroid abuse. A critical success, the film was not.

Amazingly, things continued to go downhill after this. Over New Year’s 2005, Laurer was arrested for beating the crap out of Waltman. “She assaulted me struck me in the head and face countless times after getting back from the Playboy Mansion”, Waltman wrote on his depressingly frank Web site. Laurer said she spent six days in jail over the flap.

Laurer also signed to take part in the fourth season of The Surreal Life, where she shared camera time with Mini-Me and Peter Brady. The Surreal Life is a “reality” celebrity show especially designed to humiliate former celebrities who are too dense or fucked-up to realize they are being humiliated. Needless to say, the artist formerly known as Chyna made an impact.

In the first episode, calling herself “Chyna Doll” in an effort to evade the WWE’s legal team, Laurer tried to steal Mini-Me’s room for the specially-size-challenged. In the second episode, she confessed to being a man (sort of). On the third episode, she confessed to having tried to kill herself. What’s scary is that there are 12 episodes. If she wants to continue topping herself, Chyna Doll’s going to have to take a machine gun to the cast.

During the publicity tour for The Surreal Life, Laurer continued her very public meltdown all over the place, but especially on theHoward Stern show, where the talk show host refereed a bizarre impromptu therapy session between Laurer, her brother and Waltman (on the phone), while the artist formerly known as Chyna stripped out of her dress in the studio (the presence of her brother notwithstanding).

It says something about your life when Howard Stern calls a halt to the on-air abuse and takes you aside after the show to tell you that you’re really fucked up and need help.

legal-steroidsJoanie Laurer may have broken down a lot of old traditions in the wrestling business, but she is walking a very traditional path with her public self-destruction. One can only hope that she’ll take Stern’s advice and get help, before she takes part in another venerable wrestling tradition — dying young because of drug abuse.

Chyna worked during that latter period, wearing a barely-there S&M-inspired leather outfit with gigantic fake breasts tenuously restrained by her attire. She was, as is often the case with women in wrestling, an object of sexual desire. At the same time, she was unique in that the writers would have her regularly beating up men. Her impressive physique and sheer size made her intimidating and credible in that role. To this day, she’s the only woman to ever hold the WWE Intercontinental Championship. This was going on before Ronda Rousey became a pop culture phenomenon due to her proficiency as a fighter. WWE turned her character into an inspirational feminist figure, even while they sent her to pose for Playboy to satisfy the male gaze.

It all ended in 2001 and she was released by WWE. Without the financial support and the marketing prowess of WWE behind her, Chyna lost much of her relevance. According to a video interview with Vice Sports, she was not allowed to use the name Chyna, nor anything related to that character, which was her entire career. WWE owned the character of Chyna the same way Marvel Comics owns Spider-Man, even if Spider-Man isn’t technically just a person in a latex outfit. From there, Chyna fell into substance abuse, appeared on reality shows clearly intoxicated, and ended up doing adult films for Vivid Entertainment.

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In a sense, Joanie Laurer lost the legal right to be herself. Of course, she wasn’t actually Chyna, but she worked around 350 days out of the year in that persona. Wrestlers are also encouraged not to break character in public. In her first Playboy appearance, she was billed as Chyna, not Joanie Laurer. Unlike an actor who appears in multiple films and TV shows, playing different characters, a successful wrestler plays the same character every single day for years. It’s as though your job was to be a mall Santa year-round, but you couldn’t take the costume off to get almond milk at the grocery store. Every thing that she had become, her entire identity, was taken from her in an instant.

Joanie Laurer might have passed away, but WWE still owns Chyna, who will live on via WWE Network, a Netflix-style streaming service that offers a seemingly infinite repository of wrestling history. Vince McMahon has staked the future of his company on the Network, hoping fans will pay $9.99 a month to watch original programming, plus historical content from the vast WWE video library. The Network is a major source of growth for WWE, but most ex-employees don’t see a dime of royalties from their work. A lawsuit was filed against WWE by Rene Goguen, better known as the character Rene Dupree, in an attempt to force them to pay up, but Goguen soon found out that he had signed a contract that contained a clause whereby he unwittingly forfeited all his rights to back-end streaming royalties. Unlike countless other professional sports, WWE has no union, and therefore no protection for its employees,who are deemed independent contractors.

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NFL, MLB, NHL, and NBA players receive compensation when one of their jerseys is sold or if they appear in a video game through their players’ unions. They receive pensions and health benefits. None of those protections exist for wrestlers. To WWE’s credit, they offer assistance to any wrestler who needs to kick a substance abuse issue, but they have yet to address whether intense working conditions contribute to these problems.

Get-abs-fastEarlier this week, I logged on to WWE Network and put on Starrcade 1991, a pay-per-view extravaganza from the now-defunct World Championship Wrestling, or WCW. Starrcade ‘91 was a truly awful program, which featured a convoluted tournament called the Lethal Lottery and something called a BattleBowl, which sounds like an especially aggressive, high in fiber breakfast cereal. What I did enjoy was seeing that almost every person on camera had a mullet, from the wrestlers to the referees to the crowd. It was a kitschy, laughable experience, until I started to wonder what happened to all of these people.

Every time I looked someone up, I prayed they weren’t dead, but more often than not, they were. Ravishing Rick Rude died at age 40 due to heart failure. Brian Pillman died at age 35 from heart disease. El Gigante died from complications related to diabetes at age 44. How much of the heart issues were related to drug use (both cocaine and steroids) is not a question I am qualified to answer, but it stands to reason that it was related. When wrestlers die, especially from ailments related to their extraordinarily taxing profession, watching their work takes on a macabre tone. Seeing Chris Benoit get hit in the head with a chair is even harder to watch when you realize that all that brain trauma must have played a role in the murder-suicide that ended his life and those of his entire family.

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When watching these programs, it’s almost as if you are seeing them die in slow motion. The non-stop travel, the physical pain that must be endured to continue earning money, and the psychological pressure of never quite being sure your next paycheck is coming because you have no one looking out for your best interests. Wrestling is hyper-competitive and there is a near-monopoly on the industry thanks to WWE’s dominance. If you can’t work there, your options are to make very little from regional, independent promotions or go overseas, if you are lucky. Even if you do make it to WWE, there’s no guarantee you will survive in the business. The NFL is an equally shaky career path — the NFL Players’ Association says that the average football career is 3.2 years — but again, they have a union. As long as there is no counterbalance to the hegemony of WWE, stories such as Chyna’s will continue to come out with startling regularity.

Steroid Use In World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)

Anabolic steroids get a bad rap. Is “roid rage” even legit ? Or are some anabolic steroid users simply emotionally unstable to begin with ?

Using Anabolic supplements for cosmetic reasons should not be considered unethical when we live is a world full of breast implants, bleached teeth, tattoos, and some brutal body modification procedures.
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Roid Rage. Is it real ? What about the story of WWE Super Star Chris Benoit? The investigating agencies found several controlled substances, including injectable anabolic steroids, in Benoit’s home. The agencies also revealed that Benoit was an excessive buyer of injectable steroids.

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Chris Benoit, his wife Nancy, and their 7-year-old son Daniel were found dead in their Fayetteville, Georgia home on June 25, 2007. According to the subsequent investigations, Benoit murdered his wife by strangling her, and then killed his son before hanging himself in the house’s weight room.

 

benoit-bought-excessive-steroidsThe post Benoit Tragedy revelations just indicated that the pro wrestler was in steroid use. According to some experts, roid rage might have played part in the Benoit Tragedy.
The revealings also put a big question mark on the WWE policy on steroid use.

Gary Davis, the WWE spokesperson stated that WWE was shocked at latest developments in Benoit tragedy.

benoit-killer-wrestler-on-steroids-family-sedatedThe statement read, “Toxicology tests have not even been completed so there is no current evidence that Benoit even had steroids or any other substance in his body. In that regard, on the last test done on Benoit by WWE’s independently administered drug testing program, done on April 10, 2007, Benoit tested negative.”

benoit-suffered-striking-levels-of-brain-damageAccording to Davis, WWE has strict policy against steroid use. Under the policy against steroid use a Talent Wellness Program was instituted in February 2006.

The WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) policy on steroids disallows any kind of steroid use – whether anabolic steroids and HGH – in the WWE sports.

The WWE policy against steroid use prohibits the use of performance-enhancing drugs, as well as other prescription drugs which can be abused, if taken for other than a legitimate medical purpose pursuant to a valid prescription from a licensed and treating physician.

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For legitimate steroid use for medical purposes, the WWE does not support the prescriptions obtained over the Internet and/or from suppliers of prescription drugs from the Internet.

According to the WWE spokesperson, no WWE wrestlers has been tested positive for steroid use or any of the banned substances since the policy was implemented. If it’s true, what were controlled drugs including injectable anabolic steroids doing at Benoit’s home.

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There had always been reports contrary to the WWE steroid use policy. Eddie Guerrero, who died on Nov. 13, 2005, in a Minneapolis hotel room, was also reported using steroids. Eddie died due to what a medical examiner later ruled as heart disease, complicated by an enlarged heart resulting from a history of anabolic steroid use.legal steroids-drj1

Are Legal Steroids Unethical ?

It’s unethical and illegal to use steroids in sports…..well at least that’s the big debate. The athletes using steroids are at double risk; the risk of steroid side effects and the risk of sports ban. Anabolic steroids are performance enhancing drugs, and the athletes using steroids are often using anabolic steroids to amplify their performance levels, strength, and stamina. So what if you could buy “legal steroids”? Should they be allowed ?

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Use of anabolic steroids in high doses is steroid abuse, which may serious side effects and dangerous consequences. The athletes using steroids are likely to experience steroid side effects, which may include wooziness, early loss of hair, sleeping troubles, nausea, depression, mood changes, joint pain, hallucinations, paranoia, urination problems, yellow fever, stroke, increased risk of heart disease, trembling, high levels of blood pressure, and increased chance of injuring muscles and tendons. The athletes using steroids may also experience to several serious consequences that may include aggressiveness, depression, anxiety and uncontrolled bouts of anger.

The athletes using steroids may also experience serious side effects affecting their reproductive systems. These side effects may include testicular shrinkage, powerlessness, hair loss, sterility, development of breasts or nipples, urinary problems, increased size of prostate gland and reduced sperm count in males, and development of male features, increased facial hair growth, breast shrinkage and increased size of the clitoris in females.

The athletes using steroids are always at risk of getting tested positive for using anabolic steroids, which are legally prohibited for sports use. These athletes can get life ban or some other penalties slapped on them. There are a number of instances when athletes using steroids, getting tested positive for doping, are made to quit sports for life. The Canadian sprinter, Ben Johnson has to lose his gold when he failed doping test. Johnson’s urine samples were found containing Stanozolol. He was banned for two year, in 1993 again, he was found guilty of doping at a race in Montreal and was subsequently banned from the sport for life.

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The American Olympic and world 100-meter champion Justin Gatlin failed a drug test on 29 July, 2006, and consequently an eight year ban from track and field was slapped on him.

“We need to show good faith for the young kids, the next generation coming up. Today, I tell the kids don’t use drugs, because it’s bad for you, says Ben Johnson to the next generation of athletes.

 

Shawne Merriman Top Feared Outside Linebacker Due To Anabolic Steroids

 

SHAWNE_MERRIMAN_VEMMAShawne Merriman was drafted in the first round in the 2005 NFL draft out of the University of Maryland.  Merriman quickly made himself known as one on the quickest and dominant outside linebackers in the game.  Merriman made 39.5 career sacks in his first 43 NFL games.  He has 189 tackles, was the 2005 Defensive Rookie of the Year, and has been selected for 3 Pro Bowls.  On October 22, 2006 Merriman was given a 4 game suspension by the NFL for testing positive for an anabolic steroid.  I guess we know what helped make Shawne one of the most feared players today.  His suspension has led to the NFL rule that no player that has tested positive for steroids can be selected to the Pro Bowl or given any performance awards in the year they test positive.  Merriman makes $11.5 millions dollars a year playing football.

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“It’s a brutal sport, but a lot of guys need to maximize our workouts,” Merriman said in a telephone interview.

shawne-merriman-nflMerriman said he had taken the supplement since he entered the league last season, when he was the N.F.L.’s defensive rookie of the year, and he had no problems with it. He estimated that he was tested seven or eight times before and during the season. He said he stopped taking the supplement this summer just before the preseason began. On Aug. 2, a few days into training camp, Merriman took his first drug test this season. He said he learned about Sept. 12 that the result was positive. Merriman said he had taken three tests since the Aug. 2 test and all three came back negative. He said nothing on the supplement’s list of ingredients indicated that it contained a steroid. Merriman said he stopped using all six of the vitamins and supplements he was taking as soon as he found out about the positive test.

“My health is more important than missing four games,” he said.

Merriman said the supplement was shipped to him at the end of last season, but he did not use it until he began to get into shape for this season. He added: “I have taken full responsibility for what happened to me and what has gone on. I came up clean plenty of times before and gained confidence in the supplement, and then all of a sudden it popped up that I was doing something wrong.” Although Merriman dropped his appeal, the league allowed him to visit the team’s practice facility today, because he wanted to address his teammates before the suspension began. Players are normally barred from team facilities for the entire time of their suspensions.

 

Above: Before and After pictures of Shawn Meriman.

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Jeep Swenson who Played Bane in Batman was a self admitted Anabolic Steroid User.

Robert “Jeep” Swenson (R.I.P.), was probably most popular in the mainstream as Bane from the movie Batman. 

jeep-swenson-bane2The massively muscular character “Bane” in the movie Batman, was played by Jeep Swenson.  No, I’m not talking about the scrawny Bane played by Tom Hardy, I’m talking the other bane. The shocker ? Batman had to wear a form muscle suit…..but as for Jeep Swenson’s role, that was no muscle suit !  Jeep was a massive  400 lbs. of Rock Hard Muscle ! All the had to do was paint him

Swenson wrestled for World Class Championship Wrestling in 1987 and 1988 for manager Gary Hart. His main feud was with Bruiser Brody, who was wrestling as the masked “Red River Jack”. According to Swenson, he had the largest biceps in the world at that time. He was billed as being from South Africa, although he was an American.

jeep swenson-wrestlerSwenson returned to wrestling for a match at World Championship Wrestling’s Uncensored pay-per-view on March 24, 1996. He performed as a member of the “Alliance to End Hulkamania”. Swenson was originally named The Final Solution, but following complaints from Jewish organizations to the Turner corporate offices, his character was renamed The Ultimate Solution. WCW claimed they were unaware that The Final Solution was the name Adolf Hitler gave to his plan to destroy the Jews. The Alliance comprised the Dungeon of Doom and the Four Horsemen, and they posed to end Hulk Hogan’s career.

Swenson also had a short career as a professional boxer. He won his first two bouts by knockouts, but his third fight was stopped in round one after he was knocked down twice by Frankie Garcia in his pro debut. Swenson had boxed as an amateur middleweight.[clarification needed]

jeep-swenson-baneThe 6′ 4″, 405 lb. Swenson appeared as pit fighter “Lugwrench” Perkins in the 1989 Hulk Hogan film No Holds Barred. He also played James Caan’s bodyguard Bledsoe in theAdam Sandler film Bulletproof, before playing possibly his best known character Bane in the 1997 film Batman & Robin.

 

 

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Jose Conseco on Anabolic Steroids Abuse in Professional Baseball.

Jose Conseco Admits to Using Anabolic Steroids & Administering Them To Several Other Players.

JoseCanseco-bookIn 2005, Canseco published his tell-all book titled “Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant ‘Roids, Smash Hits & How Baseball Got Big.” In his book, Canseco admitted to his own steroid use while also specifically naming teammates who had taken performance-enhancing drugs, claiming to have personally injected many of them. Canseco’s book became a New York Times bestseller and led many of his former teammates to be called to testify before various House committees.

Canseco’s post-baseball life has become something of a sideshow. He fought former child star Danny Bonaduce (who was also accused of using muscle enhancers and anabolic steroids) in January 2009, with the fight ending in a draw.

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He has been arrested twice, once for aggravated assault following a brawl outside a Miami Beach nightclub, the other time for attempting to bring a fertility drug across the U.S.-Mexican border. In May 2008, his house was put into foreclosure. Canseco says that his two divorces cost him between $7 or $8 million dollars each.

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Baseball Player Alex Rodriguez Admits to Anabolic Steroid Use.

Anabolic Steroids and Baseball. Is There a Reason ?

alex-rodriguez-steroidsRodriguez is considered one of the best all-around baseball players of all time. He is the youngest player to break the 500 home run mark, and in 2007 signed the largest contract in baseball history, agreeing to a 10-year, $275 million deal with the Yankees.

In February 2009, Rodriguez admitted to anabolic steroid use from 2001-2003, citing enormous amounts of pressure on him to perform. His admission came after Sports Illustrated named Rodriguez as one of the 104 Major League players to test positive after a 2003 drug survey. This survey, approved by the Players’ union on the condition of anonymity, was designed to help determine whether mandatory anabolic steroid drug testing was necessary. Though these results were supposed to be destroyed, a master list was seized during the BALCO investigation, and later subpoenaed by federal authorities.

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alex-rodriguez1At a Tampa press conference in February 2009, Rodriguez addressed the media and answered questions, telling those present that from 2001-2003, for six months of the year, he would inject himself twice monthly. He said that the last time he used steroids was after a preseason injury in 2003.

Rodriguez currently employs a large team of PR professionals and image consultants tasked with ensuring that his image remains as unscathed as possible. MLB Commissioner Bud Selig is currently in the process of deciding what, if any, punishment should be handed down.

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Olympic Record Breaker Ben Johnson and His Use Of Anabolic Steroids

 

Ben Johnson used the Anabolic Steroid Winstrol which contains the ingredient “Stanozolol” to improve his strength and shatter a world record in the 100m sprint.

legal steroids-Ben-JohnsonAfter winning a bronze medal at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, Canadian Olympic sprinter Ben Johnson was poised to improve on that result when he arrived in Seoul, Korea for the 1988 Summer Olympics. Though injuries rattled the sprinter throughout the 1987 season, he was still considered a medal contender.

Facing off against longtime rival Carl Lewis, Johnson breezed through the 100m final, setting a world record time at 9.79 seconds. Even though there were “legal steroids” avaiable to him which would have went undetected, subsequent urine tests revealed the sprinter had taken Stanozolol (Brand name Winstrol), and he was disqualified three days later.

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After testing positive in Seoul, the Canadian government opened an inquiry into drug abuse. Although he initially denied any doping, before the inquiry Johnson admitted that he had indeed been taking performance-enhancing drugs. His coach, Charlie Francis, also testified that Johnson had been using steroids since 1981.

Johnson remains a controversial figure in Canadian sports. Ordinary Canadians were embarrassed to have one of their athletes shamed on the international stage, and many feel that their country’s track and field reputation was only improved when Donovan Bailey won the 100m gold medal in Atlanta eight years later.ben-johnosn-cheetah1

Recently, Johnson appeared in an advertisementfor the energy drink Cheetah. In the television spot, Johnson promotes the beverage by saying: “I Cheetah all the time.”

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Female Olympic Track Star Marion Jones Admits To Anabolic Steroid Use.

Marion Jones Admitted To Using Muscle Enhancers to Improve Her Performance.

marion-jones-anabolicOne of the most decorated and well-known female track and field athletes, Jones admitted to steroid use in October 2007. Though steroid rumors dogged the athlete for years, Jones routinely denied any involvement with doping, even testifying before two grand juries that she had always been steroid-free.

Jones competed in her first Olympics in Sydney in 2000. Though she was aiming for five gold medals, Jones came home with three gold and two bronze, a feat that had never been achieved by a female athlete.

               

Following the Sydney games, doping allegations continued to   follow the Olympic star. For Marion-Jones-steroidsstarters, her ex-husband C.J. Hunter had tested positive numerous times for steroid use. Then, when the BALCO scandal broke, Jones was again implicated as having been one of the many athletes to use “the Clear,” a steroid that at the time was undetectable through urine tests. Ironically, it was Jones’ coach Trevor Graham who first exposed BALCO by anonymously sending a used syringe containing Tetrahydrogestrinone (THG) to the United States Anti-Doping Agency.

In a 2004 interview, BALCO founder Victor Conte told 20/20 that he had personally given Jones five different types of performance enhancing drugs before, after, and during the Sydney Olympics. However, Jones had never failed a drug test using the testing procedures of the time, and there was insufficient evidence to bring charges against the athletes.

In October 2007, Jones admitted to lying to federal prosecutors investigating the BALCO affair. She was stripped of her five Olympic medals and sentenced to six months in prison and 200 hours of community service.

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The Chris Benoit Story and the “Roid Rage Myth”.

 According to Medical Evidence, Chris Benoit’s Anabolic Steroid Use Did Not Contribute to the Events That Led to The Tragic Double-Murder-Suicide .

chris_benoit_steroidsA two-time World Heavyweight Champion, Benoit was a decorated wrestler, having competed in both the ECW, WCW and WWE. Tragically, Benoit’s life ended in June 2007, when police discovered his body, along with the bodies of his wife Nancy and son Daniel, in what police later ruled as a murder-suicide.

 Though the coroner found elevated levels of testosterone in Benoit’s system at the time of his death, it was ruled that the murders were not the result of “roid rage,” as the media was widely reporting. The coronor attributed these elevated levels to a treatment program designed to treat deficincies caused by years of steroid use.

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Later tests revealed that Benoit suffered from severe brain damage, a result of years of trauma to the head. According to his neurosurgeon, Benoit suffered from an advanced form of dementia caused by repeated concussions. This, in turn, can contribute to severe behavioral problems where, tragically, patients will harm either themselves or others.

roid rage killsThe Chris Benoit double-murder and suicide occurred over a three-day period ending on June 25, 2007. World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) professional wrestler Chris Benoit allegedly killed his wife Nancy Benoit, strangled their seven-year-old son Daniel, and subsequently committed suicide by hanging. Autopsy results showed that Benoit first murdered his wife. She was bound at the feet and wrists and died of asphyxiation some time on Friday, Fayette County District Attorney Scott Ballard told a news conference. She was wrapped in a towel and some blood was found under her head but Ballard said there were no other signs of a struggle.legal-steroids-rx4The couple’s son, who also died of asphyxia, was apparently killed as he lay in bed on Saturday morning, hours before Benoit committed suicide by hanging himself in his weight room. Chris Benoit placed copies of the Bible alongside the bodies of his wife and son, as well as a third Bible on his weight lifting machine. Since Benoit’s suicide, numerous explanations for his actions have been proposed, including brain damage,steroid abuse,and a failing marriage with his wife. The murder led to numerous media accounts, and federal investigation into steroid abuse in professional wrestling.