Ric Flair has opened up about the rampant steroid use he witnessed during his first WWE run claiming they were simply a “way of life” for many stars.
Professional wrestling has always been about portraying characters that are larger than life, be that physically or through a flamboyant presentation. This led to a rise in would-be stars looking for ways to stand out from their rivals and move up the card.
One of the most common ways to achieve this was to create a look that was almost superhuman and far beyond the reach of the average person on the street. To achieve this many stars turned to steroids.
However, by the early 1990’s WWE was firmly under the microscope as the steroid trials gripped the company. Ringside doctor, Dr George Zahorian was convicted of illegally supplying anabolic steroids in 1991, and this eventually led to Vince McMahon being indicted for distributing steroids in 1993.
During this period WWE tightened up it’s drug policy and this led smaller stars such as Bret Hart being heavily featured, while the fall out led to the departures of the Ultimate Warrior and the British Bulldog.
Speaking on his To Be The Man podcast, Ric Flair reflected on this period of the company’s history as he took a look back at his first WWE run which lasted from 1991 until 1993.
Flair stated that steroid use had become a “way of life” for many, not only in wrestling but professional sports.
“I never thought of Kevin Nash being associated with steroids at all. Ultimate Warrior, obviously. I don’t even need to mention their names, you know who they are [steroid users]. And that’s not even… that’s not even stuff I like to comment on. But, I mean, that was just a way of life, not just in wrestling, it was a way of life in sports. Everybody was looking for the advantage, and for us – I don’t look at it so much as it enhanced anybody’s skill, it just gave everybody an edge in their appearance,”
Elsewhere during the episode, Flair stated that the Ultimate Warrior should never have been inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
H/t to Sportskeeda for the transcription.