The WWE suspended Joe Anoa’i, commonly known as Roman Reigns, for 30 days starting on Tuesday after violating the Wellness Policy. Reigns is still advertised to compete at WWE Battleground on July 24 but when will his return be?
According to Wrestling Inc, the former WWE champion can’t appear on any WWE television show until Battleground but his suspension ends on July 21, three days before the pay-per-view. The WWE has live events on July 22 in Newark, Delaware and July 23 in Wildwood, New Jersey.
It will be very interesting to know if the WWE will bring it up on television and incorporate it into a storyline. Reigns being suspended is a big deal considering he was the WWE champion when he failed the drug test.
Bryan Alvarez of the Wrestling Observer Radio (h/t Lords of Pain) noted that top WWE officials knew of his violation even before Money in the Bank last Sunday. Nonetheless, his positive drug test resulted in him dropping the WWE championship but plans for Battleground are still in place.
Alvarez added that the Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins vs. Roman Reigns Triple Threat Match for the WWE title is still going to take place. However, there is still no word backstage on what the suspension will do to Reigns’ push as the next face of the company.
The WWE certainly can’t be happy about their top guy, who was the WWE champion, failing his Wellness Program. Many mainstream sports media outlets like ESPN, FOX Sports, Yahoo! and Forbes has reported the news.
On the other hand, the WWE has something to be happy about as Dean Ambrose’s first Monday Night Raw as WWE champion garnered great ratings. According to 411 Mania, the recent episode of Raw garnered 3.467 million viewers. It was 31 percent better than last week’s edition that brought in 2.97 million viewers.
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