Watch the Cardiovascular Health Consultant for Linda McMahon’s WWE Pimp an Unregulated Supplement on YouTube

As I have been reporting for the last 12 hours, the December autopsy report on World Wrestling Entertainment performer Eddie “Umaga” Fatu shows that he had the kind of enlarged heart frequently found among steroid abusers.

This takes scrutiny of WWE’s so-called “Wellness Program” to a new level. It is one thing for Vince and Linda McMahon to talk in circles about a drug-testing regime they dropped in 1996 and picked up ten years later, only after the high-profile death of their star Eddie Guerrero. Fatu, for example, had a previous “strike” and suspension for having been exposed on the customer list of Internet drug dealer Signature Pharmacy. But that doesn’t mean he ever flunked a WWE drug test. Fatu’s cause of death, a toxic cocktail of prescription drugs, was not part of steroid testing. And he probably had legitimate prescriptions for those drugs. Yadda yadda yadda.

Heart monitoring is a whole different kettle of fish. WWE has been claiming it has a specific program for screening the cardiovascular health of its talent. When the program was first instituted, the company even hyped catching and treating one fairly obscure wrestler’s unusual heart condition.

So where was the heart monitoring for Eddie Fatu? And who was in charge of it?

The answer to the second question is Dr. Bryan Donohue of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. (Indeed, from the “Shadyside” campus – I love that touch.)

Like Dr. Joseph Maroon, another University of Pittsburgh doc and WWE medical consultant, Donohue is mixed up in some fashion with Vinomis Laboratories, marketer of the “miracle” supplement Vindure: pure resveratrol from natural Japanese Knotweed, mixed with Vinomis Red Wine Grape extract, and all based on “exclusive Harvard Medical School patented science”! (See “Where Does WWE’s ‘Medical Director’ Fit in Shakeup of NFL’s Concussion Committee,”

Right after Eddie Fatu died, a Pittsburgh lifestyle magazine called Whirl ran a hype article on this remarkable new homegrown product, and television station KDKA did a gushy interview about it with Dr. Donohue.

See for yourself at

Irv Muchnick


5 Responses to “Watch the Cardiovascular Health Consultant for Linda McMahon’s WWE Pimp an Unregulated Supplement on YouTube”

  1. 1 John McMullen March 19, 2010 at 7:53 am


    I’m all for you exposing Linda McMahon and the WWE to the asleep at the wheel mainstream media but let’s not let TNA off the hook.

    My god, they are using a guy under indictment for drug dealing and don’t even have the common sense to craft a public relations driven drug policy like WWE.

    This is an industry problem, not just a WWE problem.

    John McMullen
    Senior Editor
    The Sports Network
    Host – ‘Johns on Sports’ – WTBQ Radio New York

  2. 2 wrestlingbabylon March 19, 2010 at 8:06 am

    That’s fine, John, but at the moment the co-owner of WWE is running for the United States Senate. It’s a unique and indispensable public education platform.

  3. 3 John McMullen March 19, 2010 at 9:52 am

    Agreed but the WWE is actually as clean as it has ever been because she is running for the senate.

    I’ll be the first to admit it won’t stay that way after the race is over and something needs to be done about the industry. But, let’s be honest, the minute WWE releases someone for a “wellness violation,” TNA is there waiting with a contact. That’s a big problem.

    You are well aware that back in ’90s, the then-WWF stopped testing because they were losing money and couldn’t compete with Ted Turner’s WCW, which had no issue hiring obvious steroid abusers.

  4. 4 Bix March 19, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    WWE was a lot more clean under the original testing program from ’92-’96.

  1. 1 WWE Cardiologist Bryan Donohue’s Supplement Company Has PR Firm That Doesn’t Disclose His Equity Interest « Chris & Nancy: … by IRVIN MUCHNICK Trackback on April 6, 2010 at 6:23 am

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