My opinion on the matter of Congress is based on my studies and the manner Congress handled the steroid issue in Major League Baseball. I just don't see Congress passing meaningful legislation, and if they do I can't see it passing muster. The only thing Congress can do really is set up a National Athletic Commission, something they declined to do many times with boxing.
I do agree with you that it probably won't work, but I do think it's better to try something that has a small chance of accomplishing something worthwhile than not trying anything at all.
As far as the wrestling business goes, I am of the opinion that a large part of the problem is due to rampant recreational drug use. Other sports have not had high death rates despite also carrying quite a few steroid users in their ranks. I think WWE has taken positive steps, something they have greater ability to accomplish since there is no strong second promotion competing for talent. The problem is that the death rate we see is largely a product of the wrestling scene in the 1990s. If WWE's policies work, we will not know for another decade.
WWE has taken steps in the right direction, but it's obvious not enough has been done when Lashley is still a top guy and has absolutely nothing to offer except his physique. Not to totally parrot Meltzer, but hiring, firing and pushing based on physique is as much of the problem as testing.
Eddy Guerrero was clean of recreational drugs, but was still using painkillers and steroids up until the time of his death, according to his toxicology report. There have also been known drug problems with somas with Rene Dupree and Nick Dinsmore, two new school guys.
They could test me as well, but I would not at all be comfortable with the government, or individuals within the government, knowing the contents of my blood stream.
As for policing itself, that's a standard carried by no other company in the country. Why not carry the same measure to beer companies? The government certainly shows no interest in regulating other companies who commit serious ethics violations, coercing their employees to work unpaid overtime, cutting benefits through loopholes, and other matters. I realize it's getting into a political debate in which I have little interest in participating. I can't see it leading to positive changes in the sport.
Porn was trusted to police itself for a long time. When there was an AIDS outbreak, they shut things down immediately. I liken this to that.
It's not even so much that I strongly favor hearings. I just think that if wrestling can't clean up its drug problem, it should be completely shut down because there's now evidence that the stresses of the lifestyle can result in death/harm to individuals not directly involved. Yes, it's a freak thing, until you hear other cases about domestic abuse and combine that with the staggering number of deaths. I'd rather see hearings tried than see wrestling banned tomorrow.