WWE announced via their website yesterday that Roman Reigns has been suspended 30 days following a violation of the company’s Wellness Policy. Reigns, real name Joe Anoa’i, has been the focal point of WWE programming for the past four years with the company strapping the rocket to his back in an effort to build a new star. He dropped the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, ending his third reign, over the weekend at the Money in the Bank PPV and was recently announced as a participant in the main event of WWE’s next event Battleground against former Shield buddies Seth Rollins and new champion Dean Ambrose. The event does take place after Reigns returns from suspension but it’s up in the air on if they’ll stay the course on this match or change directions. Reigns himself responded to the suspension via Twitter, refreshingly admitting he made a mistake instead of trying to come up with excuses.
Reigns’ ascension to the upper echelon in WWE has been bumpy to say the least. He gained the bulk of his popularity as one-third of The Shield but once WWE decided to make him the guy the fans immediately began to revolt. He’s main-evented WrestleMania two years in a row and has held the top strap multiple times but it doesn’t seem like WWE’s plan to make him a John Cena-level superstar have really materialized (which is unfair because he’s a talented worker, he’s just the victim of WWE repeatedly trying to jam him down fans’ throats). It’ll be interesting to see if Reigns maintains his top spot upon return or if he’ll have to spend some time at the bottom of the card as punishment.