Friday, July 13, 2007

Terri Discusses WWE Soma Coma


Gossip page, TMZ.com has an exclusive interview with Terri Runnels (former WWE Diva and valet). Terri tells TMZ about the high rate of SOMA use in the WWE. TMZ refers to this as a "SOMA Coma". Soma is a brand name for the drug Carisoprodol, which is a muscle relaxant sold in the United States. Some countries like Spain sell it over-the-counter, but in most countries a prescription is required. The abuse and misues of the drug was a huge issue in the 50's and 60's and according to Terri runs rampant in the WWE.

From TMZ.com:

In an exclusive interview, former WWE Diva Terri Runnels tells TMZ, "The boys eat Somas like candy." While the Chris Benoit tragedy has everyone (including the Feds) buzzing about steroids, Runnels says wrestlers have been getting high on Soma for years. "I've personally seen a WWE Superstar nearly die right in front of me after taking 13 Somas ... while still behind the wheel of his car!"

Runnels was previously married to bizarro WWE wrestler Golddust, and says that "if the wrestlers' addictions and mental health issues continue to be ignored, I'm afraid that I'll have more friends turning up dead -- all because no one cares."

The WWE had a recent response to the TMZ Article:

UPDATE: In an exclusive statement to TMZ, the WWE vigorously defended their drug testing policies, claiming the organization does everything in its power to ensure that their wrestlers are clean:
WWE finds the abuse of drugs and steroids to be unacceptable, and such behavior is actively discouraged. For 20 years the WWE has been doing something to address the issue of steroid and drug use. We instituted our first drug testing program in 1987. In February 2006, we instituted our latest and most comprehensive drug testing program ever as part of our new Talent Wellness Program as a deterrent to steroid and drug abuse . We cannot account for the poor personal decisions a small minority may make outside the workplace to undermine these efforts.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have got to be kidding me... I'm sure there are a few bad apples in the WWE but I highly doubt this is as big as she says it is. And she's been out of the WWE for 5 years, so she wouldn't have a clue as to what's going on there now

July 13, 2007 at 11:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When we continue to push for more from people, this is the backlash we get. Having been in wrestling since 1984 as a journalist and from 1991 until this past year in the ring, I've seen it all. The travel is tough for indy's though not like it was when so many promos existed. The WWE for its shorter work weeks, is also a great deal more physical owing to the ECW type mentality of real looking matches as opposed to "entertainment" that they did many years ago. Having seen these "stiffer looking" matches, no wonder guys are hurt more often. You also look at the stuff they are taking to heal faster. Mother Nature used to do this in a few months, drugs can do it in a few weeks, however, there is a catch. A drug only masks the problem not fixes it. As a result, injuries again become more common. But you do realize it isn't just wrestling right? People in other sports go through this as well. And while we are at it, look at other entertainers, businessman etc that go through travel odd hours etc.
Funny enough the worst case for drugs is in the Trucking industry. Police regularly stop rigs and find illegal log books, DUII's and other such paraphenalia. They aren't on your TV every night or magazines, so we don't talk about them as much. It is a worldwide problem!

July 13, 2007 at 12:11 PM  

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