After much hype, filmmaker Jon Bravo finally released the “evidence” that was supposed to implicate current and former WWE Superstars including Roman Reigns, as well as movie stars like Mark Wahlberg, in a massive steroid scandal involving imprisoned steroid dealer Richard Rodriguez. In a swerve worthy of Vince Russo, the video offered no such evidence of any kind involving anyone that anybody cares about, clearing Reigns to proceed to WrestleMania in April to defeat Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship.
After a spiel about how important it is to back up claims with evidence (despite weeks of hype about evidence against Reigns and Walhberg), Bravo revealed that he is only in possession of one laptop belonging to Rodriguez. Other laptops and phones, the ones which contain the really juice evidence, are apparently in possession of the DEA. As Rodriquez is going on about facts and evidence, the video shows photos of high profile WWE stars of the past and present like Jesse Ventura, John Cena, Stone Cold Steve Austin, and Vince McMahon. However, none of these wrestlers, nor Roman Reigns, are actually implicated in the video.
Instead, Bravo claims that the primary connection between Rodriguez and WWE is Rick Bassman, who trained John Cena early in his career, and also had a hand in the careers of wrestlers like Sting and the Ultimate Warrior. However, Bassman has no direct connection with WWE, and there’s no evidence that he has continued to have any influence with those over individuals in the past two decades, and no evidence is presented connecting them to Rodriguez through Bassman.
Bravo also names Tony Morris, a celebrity trainer who supposedly inspired the movie Magic Mike. He goes on: “And finally, one of the biggest clients of WFN, and no, not the real Jesse Ventura, but somebody using his identity to purchase over $40,000 worth of steroids from Richard Rodriguez. Were they given to other WWE stars? Now, there are so many questions that I need to ask Richard.”
That’s right. Someone who allegedly purchased steroids from Rodriguez was not Jesse Ventura but used the name Jesse Ventura while allegedly buying them. We can’t make this stuff up. The interview opens with Bravo and Rodriguez chiding people for spreading rumors without evidence as if that hasn’t been the entire publicity strategy behind this documentary.
“Can you discuss how you were introduced to WWE clients and celebrities?” Bravo asked while speaking to Rodriguez over a prison payphone.
“My initial exposure with WWE wrestlers both active and inactive was when I was introduced to [bodybuilders] Mark and Chris Bell,” Rodriguez replied, naming Jesse Burdick (the person who wrote down Jesse “Ventura”), Roman Reigns, Brock Lesnar, Rick Bassman, and Steve Austin as people who became “clients and advocates of my product.” However, again, there’s no evidence presented to connect either Bell with the wrestlers, or “A-List celebrities,” and Bravo doesn’t claim to have any such evidence.
Watch the ridiculous video below: