Wade Keller recently interviewed Kevin Nash on the fallout of the Benoit tragedy. Here are some of the highlights:
Nash thought that WWE were taking a big chance with the tribute show in case Benoit was involved. He said the decision was made on emotion and not logic and that it was more to help the guys than for a tribute show for the fans.
He said the original drugs testing policy worked very well in the early 90’s, stating that you could be tested twice in one day. He attributes his success to being the biggest guy in the company in the 93-96 years who wasn’t on steroids.
Nash revealed that he took steroids long before wrestling when he used to get teased for being a weedy basketball player. He said that during wrestling he only took steroids when he blew his knees and quads to aid recovery.
He thinks that steroids are safe if people are educated properly, stating that using them lowers your HDL so the body cannot eat the plaque in your arteries. This then easily leads to heart disease and heart attacks. He says that on the road the guys are prone to eating things they shouldn’t which raises the risk of the cholesterol that can’t be disposed of by the body as well.
Regarding Benoit he states that there is no evidence that steroids cause you to kill someone and thinks it was a lot of contributing factors. He says it’s like blaming Tobacco if he was a smoker.
In regards to congress he thinks it’s strange that they don’t go after drugs like alcohol and cigarettes that kill on a much bigger scale.
When asked about WWE’s bias towards big men he thinks society plays a big role in it. “We want thin ripped guys for our movies.” He goes on to compare it to the porno industry, explaining that women like Jenna Jameson started off like normal women but the demand caused them to become blond big breasted freaks.
To wrap things up he agreed that an off season in wrestling would be good, maybe an 8 week vacation a year. He thinks that wrestlers will always die young and that life insurance for their families is better idea.