Brock Lesnar Returns to WWE RAW! Find Out What They Did About His Drug Test Failure


A whole lot of suspicions were confirmed after UFC 200 when news broke that former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar had failed a drug test ahead of his fight with Mark Hunt. Rumors of steroid use had swirled for years ahead of the failed drug test (in part due to his sheer size, in part due to his background in the PED-fueled world of professional wrestling), but it wasn’t until word broke on July 15 (six days after UFC 200) that those suspicions were confirmed by a failed drug test for a banned estrogen blockers commonly used by people using steroids.

I'm still trying to wrap my head around how this dude could fail a drug test. If Brock can...anyone can.

I’m still trying to wrap my head around how this dude could fail a drug test. If Brock can…anyone can.

While that has spawned a number of questions about a variety of topics, ranging from whether or not the UFC covered up the results of the drug test to ensure Lesnar could fight to where the money from Lesnar’s inevitable fine should go, one of the biggest questions (at  least for a segment of FightState readers) is what effect the drug test would have on Lesnar’s WWE career. Well, Lesnar returned to the WWE for the first time since WrestleMania 32 on Monday night for RAW and we got an answer.

The WWE pretty much doesn’t care one bit.

He's just a jacked white boy...and USADA decided to deal with him. Photo by Sherdog.

He’s just a jacked white boy…and USADA decided to deal with him. Photo by Sherdog.

Lesnar returned at RAW alongside his longtime on- and off-screen manager Paul Heyman in order to cut a promo to promote his upcoming match at SummerSlam with Randy Orton. The result was pretty much exactly what one would have expected.

Heyman did his usual shtick with Lesnar. He’s a former UFC heavyweight champion, former WWE heavyweight champion and former NCAA Division I heavyweight champion. He’s going to take people to Suplex City. He beat the Undertaker at WrestleMania 30 and broke his undefeated streak in one of the most controversial matches in WWE history.

Eventually, Randy Orton emerged from the stands to deliver an RKO (out of nowhere) on Lesnar before running back out through the stands to close the show.


That may come as a little bit of a surprise to observant WWE fans. The WWE brought up Lesnar’s drug test failure at Battleground a couple Sunday’s back in a segment between Orton and Chris Jericho, with Orton quipping that he’d be able to beat Lesnar with “no enhancements needed” (which is a bit funny, since Orton has actually failed three different WWE wellness policy tests to date).

The expectation exiting Battleground, however, was that Lesnar would be kept off television until SummerSlam in order to avoid the chatter about Lesnar’s failed drug test. The fact that the WWE had him return early (and not at the “go home show” in two weeks) is kind of an odd one.

"I failed a drug test? I give a crap about that." --Brock Lesnar, Probably  Screen grab by us.

“I failed a drug test? Heh…like I give a crap about that.” –Brock Lesnar, Probably
Screen grab by us.

Ultimately, however, there isn’t too much shock in Lesnar’s drug test being quietly swept under the rug by the WWE. The organization stirred up a lot of internal controversy when they revealed to TMZ that Lesnar was exempt from the WWE’s Wellness Policy due to his part-time status, and they made it clear right from the start that he wouldn’t be suspended or pulled from his match at SummerSlam.

Rumor has it that the WWE may have Orton publicly barb Lesnar about it once or twice more heading into their showdown on August 21. Past that, though, don’t expect the WWE to do anything to the biggest star on their roster right now.

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