Less than 72 hours after he lost the World Heavyweight Championship that he had held since Wrestlemania, Roman Reigns was suspended on Tuesday by the WWE.
“WWE has suspended Joe Anoa`i (Roman Reigns) for 30 days effective immediately for his first violation of the company’s talent wellness policy,” the company wrote in a brief statement.
The news comes as a huge surprise to WWE fans who will go without one of the biggest names in the company for the next month.
As soon as the WWE announced his suspension, Reigns took to Twitter to apologize to his family, friends and fans.
“I apologize to my family, friends and fans for my mistake in violating WWE’s wellness policy,” Reigns tweeted to his fans.
“No excuses. I own it.”
After a steroid scandal that rocked the company in the early 1990’s and the tragic deaths of many wrestlers from various types of drug abuses, the WWE has instituted a very strict wellness policy for their talent.
“WWE Talent Wellness Program is administered independently by world renowned medical professionals and includes cardiovascular testing, ImPACT, testing for brain function, substance abuse and drug testing, annual physicals, and health care referrals,” the WWE claims on their website.
“The performers are contractually responsible for securing their own insurance to cover everyday health maintenance and ailments. WWE does cover 100 percent of all costs associated with any in-ring related injuries and associated rehabilitation.”