The Beast may not be indestructible after all. Following his decisive victory over Mark Hunt at UFC 200, reports have been swirling regarding two Brock Lesnar failed drug tests from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. The first of which became public on July 15th, stating that Lesnar had tested positive for an undisclosed substance in a “out of competition test” on June 28th. To make matters worse, just yesterday the USADA informed Lesnar that he had tested positive for the same substance in a “in competition test” on the day of the fight. With his SummerSlam return looming, what does all the hoopla mean for WWE?
Brock Lesnar Fails Two Drug Tests: What does it mean for WWE?
Bad Publicity City
Oh man this is going to be a rough one. When Lesnar so decisively beat up on Mark Hunt in the UFC’s biggest event in history, it was proud moment for wrestling fans. That was our guy going into enemy territory and proving that he was just as tough as the “real” fighters. A guy from the, to quote UFC Prez Dana White, “fake s**t” world of pro wrestling had just beaten one of the best heavyweights in the world. It was a marvel to witness.
And then… this happened. It all lines up so well, Lesnar comes from the former steroid laden world on professional wrestling and brought his performance enhancers to the world of real sport. It plays right into the hands of wrestling haters. The wrestler needed his steroids to win at a real sport, just like he needs them to be successful in “fake” WWE. Just when one might have a had little bit of respect as wrestling fans, it was all gone with one urine test.
Isolate this story by itself and its already terrible publicity for WWE. But, put it next to the Roman Reigns positive test and it is an absolute firestorm for the company.
Main Photo: LAS VEGAS, NV – JULY 09: Brock Lesnar speaks to the media during the UFC 200 post-fight press conference at T-Mobile Arena on July 9, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)