Report: WWE not publicizing Wellness Policy violations for NXT and developmental talent

When it comes to the WWE’s Wellness Policy, NXT performers and other development talents are not subject to having their names publicly released when they have a drug test failure according to a report by Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

WWE’s Substance Abuse and Drug Testing Policy differs from Meltzer’s claim, which states that it “is applicable to and binding upon all WWE Talent under contract to WWE who regularly perform in-ring services as a professional sports entertainer.”

17. APPLICABILITY OF THIS POLICY
THIS POLICY, AS IT MAY BE AMENDED FROM TIME TO TIME, IS APPLICABLE TO AND BINDING UPON ALL WWE TALENT UNDER CONTRACT TO WWE WHO REGULARLY PERFORM IN-RING SERVICES AS A PROFESSIONAL SPORTS ENTERTAINER (“WWE TALENT”).

On August 30, 2007, WWE announced the suspensions of 10 of its performers for violations of the company’s Wellness Policy based on independent information received from investigators from the Albany County District Attorney’s Office in Albany, New York.

At the time, WWE did not to release the names of those suspended. The company pledged that beginning on November 1, 2007, it would publicly disclose “the names of anyone who is suspended under the Wellness Policy.”

There has not been a public disclosure for a development talent for a drug test failure since April of 2016, when both Adam Rose and Konnor were suspended for 60 days for their second drug test violation. Neither performers first violation were publicly disclosed.