Top 10 WWE Stars who Used Steroids

Performance enhancing drugs have been the dirty little secret that has plagued the wrestling industry for years. During the 80’s and early 90’s, “big men” ruled the wrestling industry.

Wrestling has shown us over the years that large guys with incredible physiques get pushed faster than the smaller guys, even if they aren’t better technical workers. In 1993, the US government went after the biggest name in wrestling, Vince McMahon, accusing him of distributing steroids to his wrestlers. This brought a change of direction to wrestling, as smaller talented wrestlers like Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart were getting put over.

Steroids in wrestling are bit of a grey area, unlike in other major professional sports, as a wrestlers success can be determined on their physical features rather than their wrestling ability. This harsh truth can sway wrestlers into taking performance enhancing drugs. Furthermore, unlike other sports, wrestlers are on the road for over 300 days a year, wrestling four times a week. This type of lifestyle takes a toll on their bodies and taking performance enhancers can help with their recovery.

This list consists of only wrestlers that were determined or admitted to having used performing enhancing drugs and the many wrestlers that fans have speculated took steroids (we’re looking at you Scott Steiner and Triple H) are not on this list. The ban on steroids came into effect in 1990, so many wrestlers on this list have admitted to having taken steroids prior to that date. However, they are not exempt because as role models to children they should have had better judgment.

10. Vince McMahon

He is the boss, but at one point he was a wrestler, and that’s why Vince makes this list. In 1993, McMahon was indicted in federal court after the steroid scandal engulfed the WWE. McMahon testified in court and admitted to taking steroids in the 80’s. Many fans wonder if McMahon actually stopped taking performance enhancing drugs, as his physique was incredible when he was regularly competing in the ring.