Two nights after losing the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at “Money in the Bank,” Roman Reigns has been suspended for 30 days by WWE for violating the company’s wellness policy — otherwise known as their drug policy. The news comes mere hours after Reigns was booked into a triple threat rematch for the title, which is set to take place July 24 at “Battleground.”
In a statement, the company explains, “WWE has suspended Joe Anoai (Roman Reigns) for 30 days effective immediately for his first violation of the company’s talent wellness policy.”
Reigns followed the announcement with a statement of his own, reading, “I apologize to my family, friends and fans for my mistake in violating WWE’s wellness policy. No excuses. I own it.”
The question now becomes what happens to the “Battleground” main event. Reigns’ 30-day suspension will end before the July 24 event but just barely. Will WWE stay the course and follow through with the planned triple threat featuring Reigns and his fellow former members of The Shield, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins, or simply remove him from the match?
Given that “Smackdown” tapes an episode tonight, it shouldn’t take long before those questions are answered.
Reigns is the first wellness policy suspension since both Konnor and Adam Rose were sent home on April 16. Rose later asked for and was granted his release from WWE.