It was announced earlier this month that Brock Lesnar would face Randy Orton at SummerSlam. Also, earlier this month Lesnar defeated Mark Hunt at UFC 200 in dominant fashion. A few days after the event, allegations surfaced that Lesnar was flagged by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) for having banned substance in his drug test. The actual substance has yet to be released publically by the USADA, but it has led many to speculate whether or not this would jeopardize Lesnar’s participation at the SummerSlam pay-per-view in Brooklyn, New York.
When asked, the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC, which is a great acronym by the way) skirted the issue by putting out the following statement in regards to regulating Lesnar and WWE’s pro-wrestling:
‘In 2002, New York State passed legislation that scaled back the regulation of “professional wrestling” in many respects based on a recognition that the activity is entertainment rather than bona-fide athletic competition. Under current New York State law, “professional wrestling” is defined as wrestling “primarily for the purpose of providing entertainment to spectators and which does not comprise a bona fide athletic contest or competition” (NY Unconsolidated Laws section 8928-b). As such, the State does not license individual wrestlers, and Mr. Lesnar is not a licensee of the New York State Athletic Commission. In the context of “professional wrestling,” as defined above, the State licenses only the promoter, such as the WWE. Per New York law, among other health and safety requirements that apply to the licensing of a promoter, the event promoter is required to have a physician examine each wrestler and determine whether each wrestler is medically fit to participate. 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.’
In essence, NYSAC was saying in very convoluted terms that as long as WWE is okay with it, so are they. And since Lesnar is the cream in Vince McMahon’s pants, as well as the poster-boy for WWE2k17, it’s unlikely WWE is going to do a damn thing about it. While it’s great from a pro-wrestling fan perspective that NYSAC isn’t preventing Lesnar from participation even if he gets suspended from MMA, it does show people just how much power and influence Vince has in New York. They don’t want to rock the boat because WWE is a big economy boost in NYC and you don’t bite the hand that feeds you.
Article by Jamie Curtis Baker