Link please. It's not that I don't believe you, but my profession has ingrained in me to search for proof.
As for my speculation, I think the networks saw Polley was ruffling JDS' feathers, and helped to prod along the storyline in an attempt to create "tension."
MTV has been known to do this w/ its Real World brand.
Wrestlers have died just from running in sweat suit too much. There is a risk with any weight cut no matter the method.