On Monday night, WWE responded to comments made by bodybuilder turned nutritionist Dave Palumbo on “The Matt Riviera Show” recently.

Palumbo remarked that WWE “wasn’t a true competitive sport” and that “they allowed talents to take hormone replacement” as part of the Wellness Policy.

“They’re [WWE Talents] allowed to take hormone replacement. They can go to an HRT place and get testosterone replacement, 100 mg a week, whatever they prescribe nowadays. Those are acceptable. A lot of the wrestlers do it. It’s not for me to say who’s using what, but they’re very minimal doses.”

Palumbo’s comments came after a remark by Riviera who questioned how Triple H got in such great shape for WrestleMania 33, as Palumbo currently works with Triple H and his wife, Stephanie McMahon. Triple H was never mentioned directly by Riviera.

WWE issued the following statement in response to Palumbo’s comments:

“WWE’s comprehensive Talent Wellness Policy, which is administered by an independent, third-party, clearly states hGH and hCG are among a long list of banned substances, however, due to certain medical conditions, there are a variety of therapeutic exemptions that account for approximately 7% of our contracted talent.”

The episode of the show with the comments can be heard below.

  • Stirring the pot.

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  • Al79

    The exemptions to the rule are the talent who are in line for the belts. Same as it has always been.

  • NJ Louch

    “Palumbo currently works with Triple H and his wife” – probably not for much longer?

  • Levon Hughey

    Soooo…there are performers that have been gassed up for so long that they need TRT to function is what I am hearing.