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\'Roid to ruin


The Big Apple is about to take a bite out of World Wrestling Entertainment.

The New York State Athletic Commission is preparing to enforce a ruling, calling for the WWE and any other wrestling group that promotes more than six events in the state each year, to participate in a mandatory drug-testing program.

The plan requires all WWE wrestlers to undergo an annual test for any controlled substances, as defined in the state\'s health bylaws. This covers recreational narcotics, hard drugs, stimulants, depressants and, yes, anabolic steroids.

Is the news ruffling some feathers in Titan Tower? Probably. The WWE hasn\'t subscribed to a rigorous testing policy since it won the federal steroid trial in 1992, so legislation like this could pose huge problems, especially for some of the bigger -- interpret the word \'bigger\' whichever way you prefer -- names on the roster.

Under the new law, any grappler who fails the test would be unable to perform for the WWE under the commission\'s jurisdiction. The physicals must take place in New York and the wrestling promotion picks up the tab for the testing process, which is one bill I\'m sure Vince McMahon isn\'t looking forward to paying.

With Wrestlemania scheduled for Madison Square Garden next year, the WWE would risk losing a sizable chunk of the roster if the tests were run by the letter of the law, as many expect they will be. Of course, there\'s a possibility the policy won\'t actually be enforced but that\'s a chance wrestling bosses may not be willing to take. Unless they\'re planning on headlining \'Mania with Lance Storm vs. Spike Dudley, something has to give.

Traditionally, McMahon has just avoided areas where testing is mandatory. Oregon was a no-fly zone for WWE events until recently, when wrestling was finally upgraded (or downgraded, depending on your point of view) from a sport to an exhibition, no longer falling under the umbrella of the state\'s boxing and wrestling commission.

The problem in this case is New York has always been McMahon\'s No. 1 market, so much so that when wrestlers jumped over from the WCW, it was said they were going to New York instead of Connecticut, where the WWE\'s offices are located.

NYC is widely considered the WWE\'s adopted home town and, simply put, I can\'t see McMahon abandoning the city to move Wrestlemania to another site.

On the other hand, I don\'t see how anyone could expect the entire WWE roster to pass independently administered drug testing, especially if they\'re still on the road (and on TV) 51 weeks a year.

Of course, I could be wrong and every WWE wrestler might be able to give a urine sample that\'s as clean as a whistle. In that case, to steal a line from Mick Foley, I\'ll be first in line to buy some rock salt and sprinkle it on all the places where hell just froze over. It\'s no secret drug abuse is rampant in the wrestling business and, while WWE has been doing a better job than ever tackling the more serious cases, I somehow doubt it\'ll be enough to give the whole crew a green light to go to MSG.

In other news ...

* The collapsing ring for the Big Show-Brock Lesnar superplex spot on Smackdown was completely scripted. While a lot of people left the arena believing the ring accidentally caved in, the entire sequence was worked so Smackdown went off the air with an awesome visual.

* Jim Ross will be in Canada next weekend to launch his Canadian barbecue sauce line. On the trip, the WWE\'s senior VP of talent relations will tape an appearance on Off The Record with Michael Landsberg and also sit down with the Calgary Sun.

* Mick Foley is scheduled to be at Raw Monday, even though his refereeing commitment for Bad Blood will be complete. Foley is expected to stick around WWE television for a few weeks to promote his new novel, Tietam Brown.

* Sting (Steve Borden) is scheduled to appear at Wednesday\'s NWA TNA pay-per-view, as The Stinger\'s negotiations with the WWE have come to a standstill.