Well drug abuse cost Eddie Guerrero his life and lack of appropriate concussion treatments and measures led to the Benoit tragedy. Is Chris to blame for what he did? The guy is still one of the hardest and most dedicated workers to ever step in the ring but his entire legacy is tainted because of something that arguably is or isnt his fault.We label wrestlers good or bad by the things they do in and outside the ring.
The image of a guy like Randy Orton gets tainted because of his drug use. But the hero John Cena gets a pass after having an affair and cheating on his wife.
So I'm just curious, where is the line that makes a guy good versus making a guy bad?
And as fans, do we draw those lines after we decide who we want to be a fan of?
In seriousness, given what these guys do for a living, I'm not sure using drugs or alcohol should surprise anyone. These fellas take a beating and need some relief from the pain. (unless you're Bruno Sammartino and won't even take aspirin)
I don't even see taking steroid as being that bad. These guys' lives depend on their health and recovery. And the only way to make a fast return after an injury is steroids. You can max train 3 times a day on roids and recover as opposed to max training once and then waiting days to recover. Roids cut down recovery times by 50-75%. Sound like anyone familiar? I give you a pass because you need to be healthy to do your job and get paid.
Now, given that these guys are role models to kids, I think affairs while married are a far worse thing to do. What kind of message does that send to kids? That it's ok to mistreat a woman? That it's ok not to respect people and you don't have to take vows with God seriously.
I personally don't care what anyone does. To each his own. But I'm curious why people draw lines of what's ok and what's not for wrestlers. And why do we let things slide that seem far worse than the things we hold others accountable for?