Brock Lesnar only puts in a fraction of the time in the squared circle that most WWE pro wrestlers do, but he’s reaping many more benefits. There’s the money, sure, but then there’s his apparent exemption from the wrestling promotion’s widely touted wellness policy that’s designed to keep its performers off of performance-enhancing drugs. This means Lesnar, who failed two drug tests in the lead up to his UFC 200 appearance this month, will still appear as planned on next week’s episode of “Raw” and next month’s “SummerSlam” pay-per-view.
“WWE’s talent wellness program does not apply to part-time performers such as Brock Lesnar,” a WWE spokesperson told Fox Sports on Tuesday.
The news didn’t come as much of a surprise to WWE fans, who have watched the company continue to promote Lesnar as if nothing happened. For instance, here’s an ad WWE tweeted out Monday.
— WWE (@WWE) July 26, 2016
Lesnar tested positive for clomiphene in two tests administered by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. The banned substance works as an anti-estrogen agent used to treat women’s fertility problems, but when taken by men, it can work very much like a steroid by boosting testosterone production.
While WWE plans to do nothing about Lesnar’s infractions, the UFC may be forced to, should Lesnar lose his appeal. Under the fight promotion’s new drug policy, implemented last year, first-time offenders incur an automatic two-year ban.
Lesnar, who announced his surprise appearance at UFC 200 around a month prior to the event, originally said his appearance was a one-night-only affair. After he handily beat opponent Mark Hunt, however, he was more coy about his future in the Octagon.
“Brock Lesnar’s gonna do what Brock Lesnar wants to do,” he said.
Apparently that might include banned substances.