WWE – Regal banned for two months

from The Sun (thesun.co.uk)

BRITAIN’S top wrestler has been suspended by the WWE for a SECOND drugs violation.

William Regal will be banned for two months and faces the sack if he gets caught out once more.

The WWE released a statement saying: “In accordance with its Substance Abuse and Drug Testing Policy, WWE has suspended Darren Matthews (William Regal) for 60 days for his second violation of the company’s policy.”

The test failure will be a huge blow for Regal, who was enjoying his most prominent role in years.

He recently won the prestigious King Of The Ring tournament and had a high profile on television as general manager of the company’s flagship Raw show.

The star, who has just turned 40, was also bidding to become Britain’s first ever WWE world champion telling The Sun: “I want people to get a chance to see me wrestle the top fellas and have some big time matches.”

It is not known what drugs Regal was taking.

His first suspension came last summer after he was caught buying anabolic steroids, Growth Hormone and a drug to counter their side-effects over the Internet and without a prescription.

William had previously claimed in his autobiography and numerous interviews that he hadn’t touched steroids since “dabbling” in his early 20s and certainly never while in the WWE.

The suspension of a top star shows how seriously the firm are taking the issue of steroid and painkiller abuse.

Boss Vince McMahon even recently replaced his testing company for not being strict enough and ordered that his wrestlers now give their urine samples completely naked and in front of a monitor.

The Wrestling Observer’s Dave Meltzer confirms: “They have a new crew of monitors and the rule now is you have to be nude ‘from your ankles to your nipples’ and be watched when you pee.”

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