NY Athletic Commission Weighs In On Lesnar’s SummerSlam Eligibility

Many pro wrestling fans have speculated on whether or not Brock Lesnar would be eligible to compete at SummerSlam in New Yor if he is suspended by the Nevada Athletic commission for his potential USADA doping violation. Most states recognize suspensions from other governing bodies and do not allow athletes to compete if suspended elsewhere.

NY State does not license professional wrestlers an many also believed that because of this they would not be able to suspend Brock due to a personal suspension elsewhere. Today the NY State Athletic Commission confirmed that is indeed the case according to a statement released to Wrestling Inc:

In 2002, New York State passed legislation that scaled back the regulation of “professional wrestling” in many respects based on a recognition that the activity is entertainment rather than bona-fide athletic competition. Under current New York State law, “professional wrestling” is defined as wrestling “primarily for the purpose of providing entertainment to spectators and which does not comprise a bona fide athletic contest or competition” (NY Unconsolidated Laws section 8928-b[1]). As such, the State does not license individual wrestlers, and Mr. Lesnar is not a licensee of the New York State Athletic Commission. In the context of “professional wrestling,” as defined above, the State licenses only the promoter, such as the WWE. Per New York law, among other health and safety requirements that apply to the licensing of a promoter, the event promoter is required to have a physician examine each wrestler and determine whether each wrestler is medically fit to participate.

The question of whether Mr. Lesnar is fit to participate in a “professional wrestling” event is one that will be determined by the application of the professional medical judgment of the examining physician, the policies of the WWE, and the choices made by Mr. Lesnar with regard to his own participation leading up to the event date.

William B. West

William B. West

William B. West has been an internet journalist since 1998. William is editor of WBWTV.com, admin of WrestleFix.com, as well as writer & editor in chief of PowYeah.com, Rokuki.com, and NetFXD.com.

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