Recently on Talk Is Jericho, 'Y2J' Chris Jericho talked about WWE's stringent drug policy. According to Jericho, he hangs out with mostly younger talents in WWE now because most of his friends have retired or died.
"When I go on the road [with WWE now], I hang out with [Sami] Zayn, and Neville, and the Usos, and big uce, [Roman] Reigns, and [Dean] Ambrose, and Seth [Rollins], and [Dolph] Ziggler, Miz. Those guys are my friends and they're all 10 years younger than me, but that's who I hang out with because all the guys that I know are pretty much gone. They're either retired or dead."
Jericho said that WWE's drug testing and concussion testing are very real and meant to prevent all of the premature deaths we have seen in professional wrestling over the years.
"The testing is real. Concussion testing. Heart testing. Everything is very, very strict because [WWE] wanted to stop guys from basically dying at a young age and wanted to take control of it."
Jericho claimed that WWE's drug policy is more stringent than the Olympics and he even faced a potential suspension in 2008 for having elevated levels of testosterone. While a T/E ratio of 6:1 is permissible on the Olympics, WWE requires a 4:1 ratio or better.
"I kept getting readings of 10:1, 8:1, 9:1. And the guy finally called me. He said, 'listen, you [have] got another elevated level.' I said, 'okay, listen, I know that you think that I'm on something, but I'm not, so if I wasn't on something, what could this be?'." Jericho continued, "he goes, 'well, you probably have a tumor.' I'm like, 'what?' He goes, 'you probably have a tumor.' Like what kind of doctor says that, 'oh, you probably have a tumor'?"
Jericho went to see an endocrinologist with WWE Senior Ringside Physician, Dr. Chris Amann and it was revealed that Jericho has a naturally elevated level of testosterone. Ultimately, Jericho was not suspended because he was not taking any prohibited substances.
"I said, 'you can't suspend me! It's like suspending me for having a naturally big nose! Like, it's natural! You can't suspend me, you dummy!' But that's how strict the testing is."
In addition to these topics, Jericho discussed how he was originally earmarked to be the Goon in WWE, his relationship with Triple H and much more. To listen to the show, click here. If you use any of the quotes in this article, please credit Talk Is Jericho with an H/T to Wrestling Inc. for the transcription.
Source: Talk Is Jericho