Recap Of The Finlay/Marc Mero Debate, More

Ryan Clark


by: Jon Weisgerber

CNN Nancy Grace

Last nights CNN Headline News with Nancy Grace was a very big feature on pro-wrestling and steroids. On her show tonight Nancy had special guests Marc Mero, Penny Durham (the widow of Johnny Grunge), and Brian Alvarez from figurefouronline.com. And as a very, very special guest, representing the WWE Dave Finlay AKA Fit Finlay or Finlay. For most of the night Finlay and Mero just went at everything that was talked about.

At the top of the show, Nancy announced that there were some new developments in the case against Dr. Phil Astin III. According to reports that had been passed along to CNN and Nancy Grace, a secret copy room was found in the offices of Dr. Astin. In this copy room, 68 boxes of files and record pertaining to former clients some of which are now dead. It is believed that a good portion of those names are wrestlers. It has been confirmed that at least on of the names in those boxes is Johnny Grunge of ECWâ<80><99>s THE PUBLIC ENEMY. But according to sources Brian Alvarez of figurefouronline.com, the list of wrestlers in the 68 boxes where not just name of WWE wrestlers but of Total Nonstop Action (TNA) Wrestling stars as well.

It was at this point that Nancyâ<80><99>s conversation with Alvarez turned solely to the deaths of the entire Benoit family. As a side note the funeral for Nancy and Daniel Benoit will take place today Saturday July 14th at one oâ<80><99>clock in Daytona Beach, FL. According to reports that he had received, Alvarez reported that just before her death, Nancy Benoit wanted to leave Chris Benoit. However the only confirmed item as far as marital problems that the Benoits had came in 2003 when Nancy filed for divorce from Chris, and received a restraining order against him. â<80><9c>Now that doesnâ<80><99>t rule out that they talked about their marital statusâ<80>¦â<80> said Brian Alvarez. He said that there was nothing completely concrete and official.

At one point in the evening Nancy got on the discussion of the toxicology report. She said that she was so confused and couldnâ<80><99>t understand why it is taking so long to publish the findings of the toxicology report. She said that when she was an attorney they had the results of a toxicology report within three days. Alvarez had this to say, â<80><9c>Well it probably is taking so long because they are testing not only for steroids, but Benoits blood alcohol level, and other street drugs.

Alvarez told the viewers his findings as far as what the drug test policy in the WWE is. He said that if thy find a steroid ratio of 4:1 that is an automatic pass. If you have a ratio of 10:1 or higher, itâ<80><99>s an automatic failure. If your ratio is between 10:1 and 4:1 you are questioned as it is possible for the body to produce enough testosterone and steroids to make your ratio that high. However the loophole is that if you have a letter from your doctor saying that you need a certain medication in order to compete they wave everything off.

Nancy then brought on a Doctor of whom she asked if steroid traces can be found in hair and nails and fibers. The answer was yes, but it must be found within two weeks or you will lose the sample, and it must be a very high dose. She also asked how long roids are in your system. The response was 12-24 hours.

At this point in time, Marc Mero was brought onto the show. Nancy got right to the hard questions. She asked him how these wrestlers can try to make their negative test into a positive test without the testers knowing. He replied by saying that when he was in World Championship Wrestling (WCW) they would squirt Visine into the sample which would work to clear up the sample altogether. This was when Nancyâ<80><99>s show got interesting. She brought on Dace Finlay aka Fit Finlay and Finlay. She asked him form his personal experience what the screening process is like. He had this to say, â<80><9c>The screening process is very comprehensive. They are very strict in the way that they go about screening. You must give your sample in front of all the testersâ<80>¦. WCW tried to do this and failedâ<80>¦. It was within the last year and a half that they got this very comprehensive testâ<80>¦. If you do have the high ratio, and if you have a prescription that could be causing it, you must bring a letter from your doctor to give to Dr. Black (the man in charge of all the tests) and he will determine if you really do need this prescription or if it a frivolous prescriptionâ<80>¦. It is all a surprise testâ<80>¦. You are watched very carefullyâ<80>¦. We just had to take a test last week.â<80> Finlay then went on to explain how the test is always changing to try to stay ahead of the changes that are being made in steroids and hiding them. It was at this point that Brian Alvarez was asked to talk about the information that he had found as far as the WWE steroid policy. (The ratios mentioned earlier) Finlay had this to say in response, â<80><9c>Youâ<80><99>ve never stepped foot in a WWE ring, youâ<80><99>ve never even walked through those doors at the WWE. II do it everyday. You donâ<80><99>t know what youâ<80><99>re talking about.â<80>

In his defense Alvarez said that all of his information had come from the lawyer from the WWE, Jeremy McDivit.

Penny Durham, the widow of Johnny Grunge, was brought back onto the show. She said that she had to say something that she was going to wait to say till after the funeral, but she just had to say it now. Back in 2003 when Nancy Benoit filled for divorce, she and Penny were talking and Nancy Benoit told Penny that she didnâ<80><99>t want a divorce and that she loved Chris. Nancy told Penny that the only problems they were having were the same ones that all married couples have. Penny was also told that the main problem was that Chris was having trouble dealing with not being able to see his other kids from his other marriage. Penny then said that weâ<80><99>ll never know the truth of what happened in the Benoit home. She said that she spoke to Chrisâ<80><99>s family and to Nancyâ<80><99>s family and they all said that this was very unchararistic of Chris. They still donâ<80><99>t think that he couldâ<80><99>ve done that.

Nancy Grace turned the focus at this point to Pennyâ<80><99>s story, and what her little five year old son, Chase Durham, said on Johnny Grunges birthday. (He said to his mom, â<80><9c>Mommy can we go to heaven and visit daddy on his birthday?â<80>) Penny told Nancy Grace that the reason that they had this new picture of Grunge was because she had to take it from Chase. But when she did, she had to tell him not to crumple it up. But he didnâ<80><99>t really care about that, because what he said next to his mom was very touching. â<80><9c>But mom, Iâ<80><99>m trying to give daddy a hug.â<80>

(Note: at this point the show went to a commercial and they played a clip of Penny on the show the other day. In the clip she says and I quote â<80><9c>This is my chance to speak out against these doctors. These doctors are nothing more than suburbanite drug dealers.â<80>)

Nancy Grace announced that congressional hearings into professional wrestling may come as soon as Sept.

Nancy asked Marc Mero if he regrets being this lighting rod for slander from the current wrestlers in the WWE, and his response was no. He said that if what heâ<80><99>s doing can save lives, and that he would do this till the day he dies. â<80><9c>And I want to make one thing abundantly clear, I DO NOT, hate the wrestling business. I love it.â<80>

In response Finlay had about the same reaction as that he had with Brian Alvarez. He said to Mero, â<80><9c>Youâ<80><99>re not part of this business anymore. You havenâ<80><99>t been for eight years.â<80> (My opinion: This next part was a slap in the face of Penny Durham) â<80><9c>We make enough money to afford health insurance and retirement benefits. If youâ<80><99>re going to go spend hundreds of dollars on a wrist watch, then obviously you donâ<80><99>t know how to manage your money, something that my parents taught me when I was very young.â<80>

A question was posed by a caller, â<80><9c>The feds found numerous boxes of steroids in the Benoit home, and I would like to know if he was selling them to other wrestlers.â<80> To this Finlay had this to say, â<80><9c>I know nothing about Benoit selling drugs to other wrestlers. I can tell you this. I knew Chris Benoit very well and this was not the Benoit that I knew. My heart and prayers go out to the families of all involved. I fell that this all points back to the WWE and all of wrestling in that weâ<80><99>re getting a bad brake because of these rouge doctors. And itâ<80><99>s not just wrestlers. Its football players and baseball players as well. You cannot blame us. Our job is to entertain the fans.â<80>

Mero interjected that he feels that this is not just a problem in the WWE but in the entire industry. Mero and Finlay got into a major argument, which was stopped by Nancy Grace who just went off on Finlay and Marc Mero.

Nancy said that she doesnâ<80><99>t blame the WWE for steroid problems. She says that these gentlemen try to stay in the best shape that they possibly can to keep up the appearance with the fans and so they can stay in this business.

To end the show Penny Durham said that she agrees with Finlay in that people make the choice themselves. But steroid and painkiller use is very prudent in this business. â<80><9c>The pills are very easy to get to and then all the more easier to take.â<80>

(Side note: The other day I reported that the prosecutors were going to file a superseding indictment. A superseding indictment is an indictment that over rules and nullifies the previous one.)

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