WWE superstar Brock Lesnar will not be present for the draft but rumors are swirling that he will still appear at this year’s SummerSlam despite failing a drug test administered by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).
It was reported that Lesnar will get legal reviews until the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) hands down a ruling. The NAC has jurisdiction over Lesnar’s case as he fought Mark Hunt at UFC 200 that was staged at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
If found guilty, Lesnar could face up to two years of suspension from participating in any UFC fights, although he is still under contract with the WWE.
— WrestleZone.com (@WRESTLEZONEcom) July 18, 2016
The WWE has not yet made any decision of whether to pull Lesnar out of SummerSlam, wherein he is to face Randy Orton, or stick to the plan of having him wrestle on Aug. 21 in Brooklyn. Sescoops.com noted that Lesnar might be able to wrestle at SummerSlam since New York State does not license pro wrestlers individually, they license wrestling promoters.
Lesnar was flagged by USADA on Friday as they informed the UFC that Lesnar could have violated an anti-doping policy after stemming from an out-of-competition sample collection taken last June 28. Lesnar has maintained innocence in the whole situation and noted that he and his camp “will get to the bottom of this.”
The USADA, the UFC, and Lesnar declined to discuss which substance has raised the flag after he defeated Mark Hunt and brought home a hefty $2.5 million purse.
— Lilian Garcia (@LilianGarcia) July 10, 2016
After his fight against Hunt, Lesnar hinted of another fight inside the Octagon but with the issues raised at this time, Lesnar might have to sit this one out for a long period of time.
UFC 200 was marred with drug-related issues after interim light heavyweight champion Jon Jones was also flagged for substance violation. Jones was set to meet rival Daniel Cormier in a unification match. But after being pulled out of the fight card, Anderson Silva stepped in and fought Cormier.
As in the case of Lesnar, he passed the first five USADA tests and failed the sixth. Since that sixth test that turned up hot, Lesnar was tested for two additional times and those results are still pending.
Lesnar had been advertised for Tuesday’s WWE Draft edition of SmackDown but has been pulled from that show. Dave Meltzer noted that him being pulled from the show is not related to the USADA news and is probably because WWE didn’t want to burn one of his dates by having him just stand on the stage as part of the Draft.
— Sherdog.com (@sherdogdotcom) July 17, 2016
As Lesnar awaits judgment from his drug fallout, the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) seems to confirm of having him perform at this year’s SummerSlam. The NYSAC stated that they would only require the WWE to have a doctor to examine all of their superstars before they would perform.
“The question of whether Mr. Lesnar is fit to participate in a “professional wrestling” event is one that will be determined by the application of the professional medical judgment of the examining physician, the policies of the WWE, and the choices made by Mr. Lesnar with regard to his own participation leading up to the event date,” NYSAC noted in a statement.
Disappointed if it is true, but if it is I hope Hunt gets paid. https://t.co/zrkG0wq6ik
— michael (@bisping) July 18, 2016
With that Lesnar and the WWE might be able to push through with the fight card that will have Lesnar take on Orton, who is also making a comeback in the WWE ring.
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