Teddy Long has revealed that it was respect for Vince McMahon which stopped him from smoking marijuana.
Over the years there have been plenty of examples of professional wrestling and the substance going hand in hand, with The Road Dogg even recently revealing that he was in possession of marijuana when he was detained following D-Generation X invading WCW.
In recent years marijuana had been included as a banned substance as part of WWE’s wellness policy, with fines being issued for those who continued to use it.
Speaking on the Wrestling Inc Daily, WWE Hall of Famer Teddy Long (who is known to have used the substance for many years) revealed that there was a point he stopped smoking weed out of respect for WWE Chairman Vince McMahon.
I said, ‘Hey man, my job is more important so I don’t want to let Vince [McMahon] down’. That man gave me the opportunity of a lifetime and the reason I am where I am today is because of Vince. So, I quit, maybe about a year. I quit for a real long time. What made me start back, man, I think I just got kind of burnt out. I had been on the road for over 25 years of my life… I think I just kind of got stressed, then me and Chioda kind of started riding again.
It has been reported that WWE quietly changed the wellness policy in April 2022, with marijuana no longer a substance which they will be testing for. Randy Orton was allegedly one of the key players in getting the change made.
With thanks to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.