New WWE Wellness Policy, HBK’s Reduced Schedule, Former Talent

Ryan Clark

Partial Source: The Wrestling Observer Newsletter

As a part of his agreement to return, Shawn Michaels got a reduced schedule. Basically, he doesn’t do house shows or go on those grueling tours overseas like the other wrestlers. At this point, he’s only scheduled for television and pay-per-view events.

The WWE has been attempting to track down former wrestlers who they owe merchandise money to that they no addresses on.

An updated WWE Wellness Policy is expected to be released soon. The revised policy would theoretically close some of the loopholes in the program. There will be some changes made to the policy besides having provisions for marijuana being tested and that all names of failures will be listed on the company’s website. Regarding that, the hope is that the threat of names being publicly released will scare them into not violating the policy due to the embarrassment it causes. They are also doing this because the belief is that the wire services and national media — not just the wrestling media — will write about the drug failures, which would be a huge deterrent to test failing. The drug suspensions of Harry “DH” Smith & Chris Masters got national coverage last week as it made the AP wires and even got a mention during a Fox News broadcast.

Speaking of Chris Masters, removed his profile & WWE Mobile page from the site over the weekend.

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