Update on Randy Orton's WWE suspension
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According to WrestlingObserver.com, WWE superstar Randy Orton, who is in the midst of a 60 day suspension, claims that he failed a Wellness Test, due to a tainted supplement. The old 'tainted supplement' excuse is a favorite amongst athletes.
SuperLuchas.net reported that Orton tested positive for Dianabol (Methandrostenolone), a steroid taken orally that was popular among bodybuilding circles, and marijuana. Based on a quick Google search and chat with a few people that I know who have "dabbled" in performance enhancing drugs, Dianabol can stay in your system for up to 19 days after a dosage.
Unfortunately for Orton, it seems as though he's no longer a company favorite. While once positioned as the number two star in the company behind John Cena, many within feel that current CM Punk has surpassed Orton. The sad thing is that Orton has stepped his in-ring game up tremendously and has become one of, if not the best full-time worker in WWE today. The problem is whether Orton, who has two strikes already (and arguably more that weren't officially documented), is worth still pushing at a top level.
As WrestlingObserver.com's Dave Meltzer and SuperLuchas.net have reported, the is certainly a contingent that is against keeping Orton, citing he's no longer worth his lucrative 10-year contract. WWE chairman Vince McMahon is also said to be angry with Orton because of the superstar's indifferent attitude in regards to his drug test failure. Make no mistake about it though: For years, Orton was a company favorite, often getting away with antics that would have gotten most fired. But Orton's always been a gifted performer with the “it” factor and that, at least up to this point, has helped him stay employed.
As shown in his recent DVD release “Evolution of a Predator,” Orton battled serious drug issues in the mid-2000s and supposedly cleaned up. Of course, there's a huge difference between clean in real life and clean in wrestling (i.e. Eddie Guerrero overcoming his demons, only to reportedly have steroids shipped to him just two weeks before his death in November 2005).
Last year, Orton overstepped his boundaries in a radio interview, saying Kelly Kelly (Barbara Blank) has slept with 10 guys, drawing the ire of many backstage for obvious reasons. It's one thing when you've had your supporters and gotten off easy for inexcusable actions. It's another thing to be blatantly smug about it, as Orton's attitude has clearly rubbed people the wrong way. In fact, Punk told the same radio station that conducted the infamous interview with Orton that him and Orton aren't exactly friends.