During Randy Orton’s return at Sunday’s Battleground pay-per-view, Orton popped the crowd with a joke about Brock Lesnar’s recent failed drug test. “It only takes one RKO to get to Viperville, no enhancement needed,” Orton said during The Highlight Reel with Chris Jericho on Sunday.
The remark was in reference to Brock Lesnar testing positive for performance enhancing drugs at UFC 200, where he was victorious over Mark Hunt. The United States Anti-Doping Agency says Lesnar tested positive on June 28th, and again on July 9th – the night of UFC 200. According to ESPN, the flagged substance was clomiphene, the same anti-estrogen blocker Jon Jones tested positive for.
Dave Meltzer offered an update on this on Tuesday’s episode of Wrestling Observer Newsletter, addressing speculation that it may have been an off-script remark by Orton. Meltzer reports that the line was planned by whoever worked with Orton on his script for the night, and the whole segment went according to plan. It’s unknown if WWE consulted with Lesnar before airing the remark.
This was WWE’s second time this month making light of a performer failing a drug test, after Seth Rollins cut several promos on RAW about Roman Reigns failing a Wellness Policy test.
Lesnar returns to WWE television on next week’s RAW in Atlanta for the first time since WrestleMania 32.
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