Roman Reigns suspended by WWE for wellness policy violation
MANILA, Philippines - World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) announces that Roman Reigns has been suspended for violating the company's talent wellness policy, the company announced on its website Tuesday, June 21 (Wednesday Manila time).
Reigns (real name Joseph Anoaʻi) will be out of action for 30 days, as is customary for first-time violators. The reason for the suspension was not made known, though suspensions can be brought by testing positive for performance-enhancing and recreational drugs.
The announcement comes two days after Reigns dropped the WWE World Heavyweight championship to Seth Rollins at Money in the Bank. Dean Ambrose, who once formed The Shield with Rollins and Reigns, then cashed in the Money in the Bank contract he won earlier in the night to become the champ.
Reigns then performed in a rematch against Rollins to determine the number one contender the following night on Monday Night Raw, which ended in a double countout. Reigns was then booked for a Triple Threat match against Ambrose and Rollins for the title, which takes place July 24 at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC.
Reigns expressed his regret on Twitter, saying: "I apologize to my family, friends and fans for my mistake in violating WWE’s wellness policy. No excuses. I own it."
I apologize to my family, friends and fans for my mistake in violating WWE’s wellness policy. No excuses. I own it.— Roman Reigns (@WWERomanReigns) June 21, 2016
The policy violation could explain why Reigns, who was been treated as the successor to John Cena as the "face" of the company, was booked to lose cleanly to Rollins at Money in the Bank.
The suspension means Reigns will likely not be on TV when the WWE Draft takes place on the July 19 edition of Smackdown. – Rappler.com