Vince McMahon, the Chairman of the WWE, has become popular for his statement, “Perception is reality.” There are many people that believe that his famous quote is coming back to haunt him during the Chris Benoit murder/suicide. These people believe that the perception of wrestling may be the reality.
The original quote by Vince McMahon was used during an interview years ago in which he was questioned about the realness of wrestling. He stated that, “Perception is reality,” in the fact that many of the fans will believe what they see. While there has been no argument that wrestling is staged, most wrestling fans know that many of the injuries are real.
Currently, the perception of the wrestling world has changed for many. The issues with steroid have been all over the news, and have been questioned on a daily basis. Many wrestling fans, though, do not believe the issues with steroids in the Chris Benoit case because of their perception of the WWE.
Many fans believe that the Wellness Program in the WWE is the best way to weed out steroid use amongst the wrestlers in the WWE. They have been given the perception by the WWE that the program is working well, and that there is no reason to change it.
The perception of the Wellness Program in the WWE was to weed out steroids and prescription drug use that was not authorized by a doctor. There are some wrestlers that have been suspended or lost their jobs because of the Wellness Program. The perception is that it is foolproof, and that it is working fine.
It is no secret that there are ways of getting around many of the possible drug tests that you can take in the United States. A person can go onto the Internet and find different kinds of shampoo that will make a hair test result questionable. There are drinks that can be taken to make a urine test come back as inconclusive.
There are also people that have no clue how it is that they ever passed a test. Former wrestler Marc Mero admitted recently that he had taken steroids when he was with WCW and passed his steroid test with flying colors. To this day, he stated, he still has no clue as to what happened.
The perception of many people that are not wrestling fans is that the Wellness program is either a publicity scam, or it is faulty. The suggestion has been made by some wrestlers, that the steroid tests are set up in case of an emergency situation or investigation into the wrestling industry. The perception is that the WWE would use the Wellness Program as a backdrop to ensure that it did not get blamed for any steroid or prescription drug issue.
Whatever the reality is of the Wellness Program in the WWE, the perception is very different by many people. It will be interesting to see what come out from this over the next few months as more and more investigation is done into the Wellness Program.