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The current generation of the WWE Talent Wellness Program started at the end of February, 2006. At that time, suspensions were NOT publicly announced, but they usually got out.

"First strike" was a 30 day suspension.
"Second strike" was a 60 day suspension.
"Third strike" was contract termination.

If the superstar in question refused rehab, they were immediately fired, no matter which strike it was.

Beginning November 1, 2007, WWE has claimed that all violations would be made public.

Compiled from several sources around the always infallible Internet, here are all the strikes (and a few of the non-strikes) we know about:

Kurt Angle - Suspended for 30 days in June or July 2006
Booker T - Suspended for 30 days in 2007
Booker T - Suspended for 60 days on August 30, 2007 - requested release October (The W)
Evan Bourne - Suspended for 30 days on November 1, 2011
Evan Bourne - Suspended for 60 days on January 17, 2012
Carlito - Contract terminated on May 21, 2010
Chett the Jett (FCW) - Suspended for 30 days on January 15, 2008
Mike Chioda (referee) - Suspended for 30 days on August 15, 2011
Rene Dupree - Suspended for 30 days in June 2006
Rene Dupree - Suspended for 60 days in February 2007
Rene Dupree - Contract terminated July 26, 2007 (not officially called third strike)
Edge - Suspended for 30 days on August 30, 2007
Eugene - Suspended/sent to rehab November, 2005
Eugene - Contract terminated September 1, 2007
Freakin' Deacon (DSW, later Festus/Luke Gallows) - Suspended for 30 days in October 2006
Funaki - Suspended for 30 days on August 30, 2007
Chavo Guerrero - Suspended for 30 days in 2006 or 2007
Chavo Guerrero - Suspended for 60 days on August 30, 2007
Charlie Haas - Suspended for 30 days on August 30, 2007
Jeff Hardy - Suspended for 30 days in July 2007
Jeff Hardy - Suspended for 60 days on March 11, 2008
Gregory Helms - Suspended for 30 days on August 30, 2007
Chris Jericho - Suspended "indefinitely" (30 days) on May 25, 2012 - NOT A WELLNESS VIOLATION
Chris Kay (referee) - Suspended for 30 days in 2007
Chris Kay - Suspended for 60 days in April 2007
Chris Kay - Contract terminated July 2007 (not officially called third strike)
Kid Kash - Suspended for 30 days in July 2006 - NOT A WELLNESS VIOLATION
Mr. Kennedy - Suspended for 30 days on August 30, 2007
Andy Leavine - Suspended for 30 days in August 2011
Balls Mahoney - Suspended for 30 days in September 2006
Chris Masters - Suspended for 30 days on August 30, 2007
Chris Masters - Suspended for 60 days on November 2, 2007
Manu - Suspended for 30 days on March 20, 2008
Joey Mercury - Suspended for 30 days on May 23, 2006
Joey Mercury - Contract terminated on March 26, 2007 (not officially called out as wellness violation)
John Morrison - Suspended for 30 days on August 30, 2007
Rey Mysterio - Suspended for 30 days on August 27, 2009
Rey Mysterio - Suspended for 60 days on April 26, 2012
Derrick Neikirk (FCW) - Suspended for 30 days on January 15, 2008
Ryan O'Reilly (DSW - later Conor O'Brian) - Suspended for 30 days in September 2006
Randy Orton - Suspended for 60 days on April 12, 2006 - NOT A WELLNESS VIOLATION
Randy Orton - Suspended for 30 days in August 2006
Randy Orton - Suspended for 60 days on May 30, 2012
R-Truth - Suspended for 30 days on November 22, 2011
William Regal - Suspended for 30 days on August 30, 2007
William Regal - Suspended for 60 days on May 20, 2008
Ricardo Rodriguez - Suspended for 30 days on July 2, 2013
Ryback (as Ryan Reeves, OVW) - Suspended for 30 days in July 2006
Sin Cara - Suspended for 30 days on July 18, 2011
Heath Slater - Suspended for 30 days on October 17, 2011
DH Smith - Suspended for 30 days on November 2, 2007
Snitsky - Suspended for 30 days on August 30, 2007
Test - Suspended for 30 days in February 2007 - Released February 27, 2007
Umaga - Suspended for 30 days on August 30, 2007
Umaga - Contract terminated on June 8, 2009
Rob Van Dam - Suspended for 30 days in July 2006
Jimmy Wang Yang - Suspended for 30 days on June 9, 2008
Darren Young - Suspended for 30 days on October 5, 2011
Dolph Ziggler - Suspended for 30 days on October 10, 2008

If we're missing any, let me know and throw me a link. When I have an endless amount of free time, I'll go back and link these violations to our discussions of them here on the board when I can find them.

(EDIT: Well, this is easier than I thought - turns out John started almost ALL of these threads)

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    Originally posted by CRZ
    Rene Dupree - Suspended for 30 days in June 2006
    Rene Dupree - Suspended for 60 days in February 2007
    Rene Dupree - Contract terminated July 26, 2007 (not officially called third strike)

I vaguely remember Dupree being heralded as the next big thing in wrestling and couldn't remember for the life of me why he got turfed. This would answer that for me.

Honestly, everything from '04-'09 is kind of a haze.




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    Originally posted by It's False
    Honestly, everything from '04-'09 is kind of a haze.


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    Originally posted by CRZ
    DH Smith - Suspended for 30 days on November 2, 2007
If I recall correctly, this was the first officially announced test violation, and before that were the August 30, 2007 Signature violations that were announced due to bad publicity rather than policy reasons. So I think the pre-November 2 results are a "grain-of-salt" situation.



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I was gonna mention Nick Dinsmore (Eugene), but I see he got released 2 months before your stated November 1st date.





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So... those on the list who were terminated before the third strike. Is it safe to assume that they refused rehab and that's the reason they were let go?
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With Umaga and Carlito it was fairly widely reported that they turned down rehab before their releases.
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Would that there were more specific information. I'd be interested to know how many of these were for more purely recreational drugs as opposed to painkillers and steroids.
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I think I've linked everything we've ever talked before to the list up there in post #1 - go back and take a look!

(We'll try to remember to add new ones as they are announced - assuming there'll ever be another one again, har de har har)



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I believe it came out afterwards that when Benoit took a month off to look after his family (I think it was in the spring of 2007), that it was actually because of a wellness violation.



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In July 2006, Bobby Lashley was suspended from performing for several weeks because of elevated liver enzymes as part of the Wellness policy.
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As was Khali. And (I think) Super Crazy?
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    Originally posted by CRZ
    I think I've linked everything we've ever talked before to the list up there in post #1 - go back and take a look!

    (We'll try to remember to add new ones as they are announced - assuming there'll ever be another one again, har de har har)


Lies. I clicked on the last Umaga link and it took me to a Jeff Hardy thread. Unless I missed something, Umaga wasn't mentioned at all in the Jeff Hardy thread.



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    Originally posted by Lexus
    Lies. I clicked on the last Umaga link and it took me to a Jeff Hardy thread. Unless I missed something, Umaga wasn't mentioned at all in the Jeff Hardy thread.
Sorry! That one has been corrected to http://the-w.com/umaga-released.

I'll try to go back and look up the liver enzyme stuff later - I seem to recall they weren't strikes per se, but for completeness' sake it'd be good to include them in the list. I'm sure we talked about them back when they happened as well.



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    Originally posted by CRZ
    I'll try to go back and look up the liver enzyme stuff later - I seem to recall they weren't strikes per se, but for completeness' sake it'd be good to include them in the list. I'm sure we talked about them back when they happened as well.
This could help:
    Originally posted by Figure Four Weekly - #579 - July 31, 2006
    For Smackdown: Lashley, Khali, Kid Kash, Super Crazy, Joey Mercury and Matt Hardy. Lashley and Khali are out with the liver issues. Kid Kash and Jamie Noble are both out, and while some sources are saying it’s attitude-related, one WWE source stated that only Noble did not deserve to be included on the Wellness List. Kash, therefore, appears to be out due to issues related to the last round of medical testing (liver enzymes, etc.). Crazy was pulled due to elevated liver enzymes. Hardy is being pulled, and while we don’t have confirmation as to why, the WWE source did not say he was placed on the Wellness List unfairly. Hardy claims his blood test found traces of staph. Mercury was sent to rehab several months back.

    For ECW: Kurt Angle and Rob Van Dam. Angle was pulled from the road due to serious issues with pain medication. Theoretically he could be back next week, but with his past I strongly suspect he’ll need to pass a test first, then continue to pass regular tests from that point forward. Because of the issues that have caused him to rely on the pills for so many years, there is at least a chance that he won’t ever be able to return. RVD failed a test, but it was an IQ test and not a drug test. He should be back within a couple of weeks. WWE has the right to test him regularly for marijuana, but my gut feeling is that they will not.

    For Raw: Chris Masters and Rene Dupre. Masters was sent to rehab for non-steroid-related issues. There is no timetable listed for his return. Dupre failed a steroid test in June and was suspended. He ended up with a lot of heat because during his suspension he went on tour for his father Emil Dupre in the Maritimes.

    For developmental: Ryan Reynolds. Formerly of Tough Enough and now under developmental, he failed a drug test in June.
The next week's edition says that Matt Hardy and Tatanka wound up with 30 day suspensions, although there was some dispute by Hardy as to whether he was suspended or if he was suffering from a staph infection.

Complicating matters is that pre-Benoit they had settled into a pattern of a 30-day suspension meaning you work for free, not you're sent home for a month.



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Bump for Randy Orton's second strike, which has been added to post #1.

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Man, I haven't thought about Dupree in forever. Is it weird that I miss his tag team with the Japanese guy who was married to Hiroko? Double French Tickler for the mother loving win.



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Damas y caballeros, this is a bump for Ricardo Rodriguez' first strike...which has been added to post #1.

Has it really been almost OVER a year since one of these was announced, or did I just miss some? (Or has the talent just gotten really good at working around this system?)

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Read it and weep, fella


    Originally posted by JustinShapiro, in another thread
      Originally posted by Matt Tracker, in above mentioned other thread
      But back to Ricardo. Hopefully they can explain his absence with a Dolph attack to give that angle a nudge.


    They did. Dolph broke a guitar over his head.
I wonder if he got notified of his suspension before or after they ka-bonged him out of the storyline.



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In his column today, Grantland's The Masked Man mentioned an "Orton rule" which snuck into the WP back in July(?) - this was reported back in November by PWInsider (and perhaps nobody else?) but I was totally unaware about it until just now. I'm linking to it here in case we ever need to wonder why, say, Randy Orton seemed to get a third strike which was only reported as a second strike. (They ARE still reporting violations on their website, right? Feels like we haven't heard any for a while...whoa, since July! EERIE.) PWInsider also notes a number of "therapeutic use exemptions" which really seem to open a lot of loopholes in the WP. Say, when did John Cena get his big-time injury and how many TUEs might he have received to come back so quickly? HMMMMMMM.

It's entirely possible that anybody currently on this list AND on the active roster may be down to one violation instead of two...most notably Orton, thus "Orton rule." I'm guessing that announcing any removal of strikes isn't something WWE would be inclined to publicly report. When I have more time, I'll scratch up the list of people who could potentially have worked off one of their strikes. (Or you can do it if you have more free time than me....just don't make any mistakes!)

EDIT: The July 23, 2013 version of the WWE Wellness Policy can currently be found at their corporate website at this link: http://corporate.wwe.com/​​​​​company/​​​​​abuse_​​​​​policy.jsp

Here's the new "takeback" clause:

    15. PENALTIES
    ...
    D. REDEMPTION PROGRAM

    A WWE talent who has “two” violations under the Policy may, subject to Medical Director approval, enter the Redemption Program. The Redemption Program is an eighteen (18) month process that requires the following:

    An initial assessment conducted by the Medical Director (or, as the case may be, an addiction specialist recommended by the Medical Director) who will analyze the addiction related issues and health related concerns then being experienced by the WWE Talent, develop proposed treatments, therapies and/or support programs that may assist the WWE Talent in managing these issues/concerns and determine initial entry date for the WWE Talent into the Redemption Program;
    Compliance with the assessment recommendations made by the Medical Director (or, as the case may be, an addiction specialist recommended by the Medical Director) for the duration of the eighteen (18) month program;
    Mandatory unannounced follow-up testing as set forth in Section 8(C) (1) of the Policy; and
    No violations under the Policy for eighteen (18) consecutive months after initial entry into the Redemption Program.
    Upon successful completion of the Redemption Program, the WWE Talent shall request the PA, with the approval of the Medical Director, to delete one (1) of the two (2) violations of record for such WWE Talent. In the event the PA determines in favor of the request, the violation record for such WWE Talent will then be amended to reflect the reduction of a violation leaving the WWE Talent with only one (1) violation under the Policy.
Now, if it only took effect in July, that means conceivably nobody could lose a second strike until January 2015, but who knows how retroactive WWE might make it...? (Also, why put "two" in quotes? I guess because they have the ability to skip the first one and go right to the second one?)

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