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WWE News: WWE IC Champ Roman Reigns Implicated In Steroid Scandal



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A year ago, the United States Drug Enforcement Agency raided a Miami gym. This gym was run by a man by the name of Richard Rodriguez, who sold several drugs out of his gym. Including, of course, steroids. Now these steroids were clearly a big deal, as he attained them illegally and of course distributing to people was also highly illegal. Obviously, anyone who he sold to could be named. This, affects Roman Reigns.

According to reports, Rodriguez was able to get the steroids from China. All in all, he had around $10 million in product. This is just what the DEA was able to track down. Obviously, this meant he would be someone quite interesting to talk with. This led to filmmaker Jon Bravo(seriously, we cannot make that up) talking with him in a documentary.

During this documentary, he named Hollywood actors Josh Duhamel and Mark Wahlberg as basically clients who were “in on the whole thing.” If that was not a big enough bombshell from the man, he also named current WWE Intercontinental Champion Roman Reigns as a client for his steroids. While this may seem a bit odd, it is not the first time WWE Superstars have been linked to places like this.

WWE Superstars Linked To Steroid Scandals

Eddie Guerrero and Chris Benoit

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Signature Pharmacy in Orlando, Florida had been selling some steroids online, which led to many wrestlers tracking them down. This was a big deal as they could get stuff sent to them or at least from an easy site to get away with the situation. The names involved in this were pretty big, which is why the case was so memorable from that time. In 2007, the news dropped on the pharmacy being busted and the names included in the client list from WWE were vast.

WWE Superstars Randy Orton, Charlie Haas, Edge, Booker T, Shane Helms, Simon Dean, Santino Marella, John Morrison, William Regal, Ken Anderson, Umaga, Funaki, and Chavo Guerrero were all linked to the place. What stands out as well was that Eddie Guerrero and Chris Benoit, dead by the time this explosive report came out, were also linked to Signature Pharmacy. Having proven buys for things like steroids.

Edge had claimed later on that his experience with steroids was not something he cared for and had stopped the use of them. Meanwhile, Randy Orton would noticeably have a change in body look after this and become quite skinny and lanky before putting on muscle the right way toward 2010. None of these people saw jail time, but they were proven to be linked. WWE did not really even suspend them either. However, WWE did cooperate with the United States Congress on anything they wanted to know after this.

Roman Reigns And The Odd Steroid Link

What people forget about Roman Reigns is that despite the hatred he may have from fans, his body has not changed much at all over the years. However, he has failed a drug test in the WWE. Back in 2016, he was popped for testing positive for Adderal, a medication normally used for people with ADHD. The medication is also classically abused, and an amphetamine. WWE bans all use of these drugs without prescription. Of which, Roman Reigns did not have on him.

It is clear that we cannot ever look past allegations like these because there is a clear need to believe them up to a point. A lot of the time, it is hard to believe the issue because someone does not seem like the type to do something. However, not all innocent types actually are. Yet WWE has never found steroids in the drug tests for Roman Reigns. Without a body change, and without a failed test, it seems odd that he would be linked to steroids.

Rodriguez was in business with none other people. They imported the drugs from China the manufactured them in a lab in Arizona. To sort of throw off the cops, they distributed the steroids worldwide through a Miami Post Office Box. It was a good plan, until he got caught. That is always the case though, right? Miami is of course the hometown of The Rock, and being in Florida, access for wrestlers was there.

Roman Reigns Has Not Been Linked To Much Though

The Shield returns to WWE

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What should be noted is that Rodriguez very well could have sold drugs to big names. Steroids being bought from an illegal seller would have to occur for people who needed to get them. Most of the time, steroids are hard to get from a doctor’s prescription that isn’t crooked. Due to the various medication laws now in place, something like long-term steroid use has to be observed by certain doctors. You could not just see a primary doctor for this stuff these days.

That means a number of things. It seems odd that he would drop the names of these people for sure, but it is not crazy to assume they used steroids whatsoever. As they do work, and can even work in a shorter term. Duhamel and Wahlberg have both gotten big for various movies out of nowhere and it has hardly been explained how. Since both work out regularly, it does not make sense that they would get bigger easily.

Rodriguez alleges he met Roman Reigns through an informant, and that he seemed like a “down to Earth person.” Yet without a failed drug test or body change, it is tough to believe. This is also odd timing considering we’re headed into WrestleMania season. So believing this report is tough to ask. Reigns has not been linked to anything yet, other than the allegation he got the drugs. However, the DEA is actually still investigating and could find far more.

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Mitchell’s AEW Continental Classic Update! (11/27/23)

What a start to the tournament!



Did your picks win points?

The AEW Continental Classic is underway, with almost everyone competing. Check in here if you haven’t seen the winners and losers of week 1!

Here are your Gold League standings!

  • Jon Moxley: 1-0, 3 points
  • Swerve Strickland: 1-0, 3 points
  • Jay White: 1-0, 3 points
  • Rush: 0-1, 0 points
  • Mark Briscoe: 0-1, 0 points.
  • Jay Lethal: 0-1, 0 points


Here are your Blue League standings!

  • Brody King: 1-0, 3 points
  • Claudio Castagnoli: 1-0, 3 points
  • Daniel Garcia: 0-1, 0 points
  • Eddie Kingston: 0-1, 0 points
  • Bryan Danielson: Yet to Compete
  • Andrade El Idolo: Yet to Compete


My Thoughts:

Nothing too crazy, nothing too wild, this tournament only just got started. The only disappointing point is that they could not get Bryan “cleared to compete” Saturday night. Not sure how much of that is shoot given the bad eye, but this was kinda the problem of wanting him in the tournament over tons of other choices. Bryan wants to face Okada for WrestleKingdom 18, how is Bryan supposed to do that at his best if he’s also gonna be in a round robin, doing five top level matches in about as many weeks? And it takes away from Andrade being able to do something. Also a little surprised we didn’t even hear from Andrade on Saturday.

Now as we heard on Saturday, round two’s matches are set. Gold League will see Mark Briscoe VS Rush, White VS Swerve, and of course, Moxley VS Lethal. Nice variety there, a couple 0-1 guys facing off, as well as two 1-0 guys, and then 1-0 VS 0-1. No offense to Lethal, but he feels like an 0-2 going up against Moxley. Hard to call the other ones but that’s the fun of it. Meanwhile, Blue League sees Brody VS Claudio in a showdown to be 2-0, then Bryan and Andrade finally jump in, Bryan against Eddie and Andrade against Garcia. Sadly, feels like Eddie and Garcia are going 0-2, no way Tony Khan is booking Bryan and Andrade to lose their first shots.

In fact, that could be half the reason they did wait on those two, that’s almost too good for just a first round opener. But I still would’ve done it, same as NJPW does stuff like that for round robins, which this is all modeled after anyway.

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AEW announces Continental Classic entrants

The C2 is set!



Tony Khan Reveals the Blue and Gold “Leagues!”

Originally livestreamed, Tony Khan and Tony Schiavone officially announced the twelve total entrants and divided them into the two round robin blocks known as the “Blue League” and “Gold League.” If you don’t feel like sifting through the almost 30 minute video, the groups are:

Blue League

  • Bryan Danielson
  • Andrade El Idolo
  • Brody King
  • Claudio Castagnoli
  • Daniel Garcia
  • Eddie Kingston

Gold League

  • Jon Moxley
  • Swerve Strickland
  • Rush
  • Mark Briscoe
  • Jay Lethal
  • Jay White


Tony Khan also explains the rules for the Continental Classic:

  • Every match has a 20 minute time limit
  • The winner of each match earns 3 points, losers earn 0, 1 point for a draw
  • EVERYONE ELSE is banned from ringside for true 1v1 action


Eddie Kingston also joined the selection special as his “life’s work” is on the line in this tournament, both the ROH World Championship and NJPW Strong Openweight Championship on the line as part of the modern day North American Triple Crown Eddie, Tony Khan, AEW, ROH and NJPW are looking to create together. Gold League competes tonight on Dynamite while Blue League will have their start this Saturday on Collision. Look for more articles like this one to keep up with the Continental Classic standings over the next six weeks of tournament action!

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