When talking about steroids and wrestling, Chris Benoit’s name is almost always mentioned. Benoit was one the most talented technical wrestlers of all-time and he had an accomplished a lot in his wrestling career. Though, he is not remembered for his accomplishments, as the memory that the world has when mentioning Benoit is the tragic double murder suicide of his wife and seven year old son in 2007. Toxicology reports revealed that Benoit had an elevated level of testosterone caused by a synthetic form of the hormone in his system, which is found in steroid users. However, this wasn’t linked to the murders, as first believed. Benoit suffered from severe brain damage, as his brain resembled an 85 year old Alzheimer’s patient brain.
It is well known that Kurt Angle was a legitimate athlete who won a gold medal in wrestling at the 1996 Summer Olympics. Angle is also one of the many wrestlers who was punished by the WWE for using steroids during his time with the company. He discussed the matter back in 2009, explaining that he does not look back at the portion of his career fondly: “But I paid the price, both financially – I got fined $125,000 – and reputation-wise. I was a pure athlete, an Olympic champion. And all of a sudden, I’m like Kurt Angle the cheater? It really sucked. You can test me right now. I’ll come up clean. But there was a time when I did it.”
The legal status of anabolic steroids varies from country to country. In the ., anabolic steroids are listed as Schedule III controlled substances under the Controlled Substances Act , which makes the possession of such substances without a prescription a federal crime punishable by up to seven years in prison.  In Canada, anabolic steroids and their derivatives are part of the Controlled drugs and substances act and are Schedule IV substances, meaning that it is illegal to obtain or sell them without a prescription. However, possession is not punishable, a consequence reserved for schedule I, II or III substances. Those guilty of buying or selling anabolic steroids in Canada can be imprisoned for up to 18 months. Importing or exporting anabolic steroids also carry similar penalties.  Anabolic steroids are also illegal without prescription in Australia,  Argentina, Brazil, and Portugal,  and are listed as Schedule 4 Controlled Drugs in the United Kingdom.