While speaking on his Grilling JR podcast, WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross has seemingly shared that he isn’t opposed to wrestlers using performance enhancing drugs (PEDs), as long as they are taken in a safe manner.
Jim Ross said that he is “more lenient” and isn’t “as hung up” on monitoring talent for PEDs as some people would believe. He said that if talent are taking PEDs “under doctors care”, then it isn’t a huge deal:
“Are the [Harlem] Globetrotters tested? I don’t know these answers. I’m not as hung up on monitoring that as some think I would be as an old school guy, if it’s under doctors care which it should be, it has to be. If you’re freelancing drugs, you’re in the wrong period. No matter what.
“I guess I’m a little bit more lenient on it than a lot of guys, which doesn’t include pain management. I’m not talking about that, I’m just talking about PEDs. I don’t have a big issue with them, but I don’t think they should be used in the freelance mode. Doctors care constantly so we know if you have a heart issue or don’t, things of that nature.”
However, the AEW commentator repeatedly states that it’s incredibly important for talent to only take PEDs with the help of doctors and notes that talent should not be “freelancing drugs”.
The announcing legend also explained that he isn’t for the use of drugs for pain management, which we have seen damage the lives of several wrestlers throughout the years, many of whom have become addicted.
Thanks to WrestlingInc for the transcription.