The Undertaker opened up about using steroids early in his WWE career and discussed the wrestlers’ mindset about it from the time.
During his conversation with the Joe Rogan Experience, The Undertaker disclosed that wrestlers thought they needed to be big and ripped in order to survive in the pro-wrestling industry, which led to huge usage of steroids across the locker room.
The Phenom was asked about Roddy Piper who admitted that he needed to take steroids to stay medium-sized. The Undertaker replied that wrestlers thought that way back then. He also added that he does not understand how today’s wrestlers remain so fit, because he wasn’t able to achieve that look even on steroids.
Undertaker then revealed how WWE started testing for drugs in order for wrestlers to not get arrested by authorities. They even use to fine wrestlers and send them to rehab when they are caught multiple times.
The Deadman then noted how this policy from WWE had an adverse effect on wrestlers and they inadvertently started pushing them towards pills and alcohol.
The Undertaker more or less blamed WWE’s touring schedule for wrestlers getting addicted to different kind of substances and steroids. He used the metaphor for WWE’s touring schedule as like that of “throwing darts” and explained how his body always use to be in bad shape as he was needed to tour across the country on a daily basis.
WWE’s current Wellness Policy has come a long way from the times that Undertaker is talking about. The company has suspended many wrestlers in recent times on account of Marijuana usage and other policy violations for a month or more. Also, unlike earlier days, trainers and doctors travel with talents for live events. They have also upgraded in terms of dealing with concussion issues.