Backstage Update On The Wellness Program, Rock/RAW

Ryan Clark

Dave Meltzer reported in the latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter that everyone backstage in WWE believes the Wellness Policy to be real and is taking it very seriously. Physiques continue to change and people backstage continue to be shocked at how much weight some performers are losing. One backstage source said that one worker that everyone believed to be clean (because he wasnâ<80><99>t enormous) has lost a sudden 15-20 pounds. Nonetheless the locker room is not 100% clean and there is a lot of talk about certain wrestlers still avoiding positive tests.

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has turned down the offer to appear on the Monday Night RAW 15th Anniversary special this coming Monday. It is rather unfortunate that a guy like The Rock who helped make RAW popular along with the likes of Steve Austin, Triple H, HBK and others refused to show up on this special occasion. It was not revealed why the offer was turned down. While a schedule conflict or filming issues – assuming he’s working on his next movie – is the possible reason, anything other than that doesn’t sound good for the relationship between The Rock and the organization that made him a Superstar. The Rock was used in some promotional material for this show. (thanks to Colin Vassallo)

The 11/24 Raw show in Augusta, GA drew 4,000 fans and a live gate of $125,000. 11/24 in Knoxville did 4,800 fans and a $150,000 gate. 11/25 in Greensville, SC only drew 1,200 fans at the 16,000-seat Bi-Lo Center, the site of TNA’s 2/10 PPV.

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