Only 48 hours removed from losing the WWE World Heavyweight title to Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns has been suspended for 30 days for his first Wellness Policy violation.
The suspension was announced on WWE.com with a simple explanation:
“WWE has suspended Joe Anoa’i (Roman Reigns) for 30 days effective immediately for his first violation of the company’s talent wellness policy.”
Attached was Reigns’ apology, issued via Twitter:
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 use of real names, as well as even mentioning Wellness suspensions, is almost never done on WWE.com and always on the corporate website, where the announcement is a carbon copy of the one on WWE.com, or vice versa.
Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter stated that the company knew of the failed test before last Sunday’s Money In The Bank show, but that they chose to delay the announcement until Tuesday to allow Reigns, Seth Rollins, and new WWE World Heavyweight champion Dean Ambrose to set up a match at next month’s Battleground show, at which point Reigns’ suspension will be up.
Meltzer and Bryan Alvarez have also surmised that Reigns will not appear on television, live or taped, until Battleground, meaning he will miss the live Draft on July 19.
There is no word on if the test had any influence on Reign’s losing the title on Sunday or what he tested positive for.