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.


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

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