On Thursday, Wrestling Entertainment Series released their launch press release, which revealed that they were going to have matches in Europe and the Middle East and would continue to do so for all of 2022.
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Teddy Long recently spoke with Managing Editor of Wrestling Inc, Nick Hausman, about his personal experience “smizzing,” which is more often than not, how carnie and WWE wrestlers talk about smoking. While in WWE, the Wellness Policy was instituted, which saw individuals risk suspension if they were caught with marijuana in their system.
The changing job required a lot of changes for Long; because on his way to becoming Executive Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, he lost his connections which were important to him. This was particularly tragic for him, as that’s where he would spend most of his time with one of his good friends in Mike Chioda.
“I said, ‘Hey man, my job is more important so I don’t want to let Vince down,’” he revealed. “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.”
Today, WWE has touched on the issue of marijuana, and as a result, they have seen more people discussing it on television. This change has led to their backstage being less strict and Long agreeing that he himself “failed a couple of tests” during his career.
Long claims a former WWE Executive tried to make it seem like the company’s talent were addicted to his service, which goes against what Long says happened in years past.
“It was going to kill our brain cells and it was gonna do this, and it was gonna do that,” Long said they claimed in the meetings. “But you know I guess that’s part of it, they got paid to do their job and that’s what they did.”