Big Drug Test Failure, HHH/Orton, ECW Problems, More

Ryan Clark

Phil Baroni, who lost to Frank Shamrock via choke in the second round of their bout on June 22, failed a pre-fight drug test; testing positive for Boldenone (Equipoise) and Stanozolol (Winstrol V). He will be fined $2,500 and is suspended for one year by the California State Athletic Commission. Baroni, as reported by Dave Meltzer went into the fight with what may or may not have been a serious injury. A

serious injury, though, did occur very early in the fight when Baroni tore his groin muscle off the bone. Frank Shamrock passed his pre-fight drug test, which was for not only performance enhancing drugs but street drugs as well.

Triple H vs. Randy Orton match originally penciled in for SummerSlam in August is now in jeopardy. According a backstage source, both Triple H and Vince McMahon agree it is not the right thing to do at this time. Triple H is pushing for Orton to win the WWE title from John Cena. Internally the thought is that Cena doesnâ<80><99>t need the belt to get over because he gets resentment boos for being a champion. The feeling is more money will be made in Cena chasing Orton for the title. There is now talk of a Triple H vs. Orton match to happen at either Survivor Series or WrestleMania.

From Jorge Uribe: During ECW last night, they replayed the CM Punk vs. Johnny Nitro match from Vengeance, and when fans chanted “we want Benoit,” they replace it with “ECW, ECW” chants.

From Brian Weir: I tried to watch ECW last night, but it was all messed up. It had the pixel thing going on constantly. That’s from Comcast in Pittsburgh.

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