More on Randy Orton's Suspension History
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 05.30.2012
- As previously reported, Randy Orton's suspension for a violation of the Wellness Program today is his second such violation, but his third suspension by the company.
Randy Orton was suspended on April 3rd, 2006 for "unprofessional conduct." That violation did not count as a Wellness Program violation. In a September 2006 interview with WWE Magazine Orton discussed the issue, saying, "My problems came to a head when I decided to smoke a joint and someone smelled it and stooged me off. You know who you are, so if you're reading this, thanks. But I also had a few outbursts of anger on the road. I get loud and verbally abusive. But I've nipped that part of me in the bud. I attended an anger management clinic in Atlanta. It cost 15 grand for a four-week stay. I had to live down there on the campus. The first week I was there, I was like, OK, I'll do what I have to do to get out of here." But then I started to realize, wow, I was wrong in a lot of these situations. I just got this reputation of being hard to work with, being a dick and everything in the book. But the truth is, I don't flip out anymore."
Orton was suspended in August of 2006 for a Wellness Policy violation, being the first talent to actually get penalized under the policy. This was a thirty-day suspension.
On August 30th, 2007, WWE suspended Booker T, Charlie Haas, Chavo Guerrero, Chris Masters, Edge, Funaki, Gregory Helms, John Morrison, Ken Kennedy, Umaga and William Regal due to information provided by the Albany, New York, District Attorney's Office regarding talents' use of Signature Pharmacy to obtain performance enhancing drugs. Orton was also reported by Sports Illustrated as a client who had received somatropin, nandrolone and stanozolol from the online pharmacy between September 2004 and February 2007. He was not suspended because according to reports at the time, WWE considered him already suspended for dealing with the pharmacy with the August 2006 violation. WWE attorney Jerry McDevitt said in 2010 that he was not suspended because he was not on the customer list provided by the Albany, New York, District Attorney's Office.
That leads us up to current date, where he received his second Wellness Policy violation, which is for sixty days.