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Roman Reigns Suspended 30 Days for Violating Wellness Policy

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The world of WWE continues to produce surprises and this one is even more shocking than Dean Ambrose winning the heavyweight title on Sunday. reported that Joe Anoa`i (Roman Reigns) has been suspended 30 days for his first violation of the company’s wellness policy. Reigns responded to the story with this tweet:

The timeline for Reigns’ suspension is interesting to say the least.

He’ll be available to return for the Battleground PPV on July 24th, where he’s scheduled to face Ambrose and Seth Rollins in the main event for the WWE title, but he won’t be at the draft on July 19th.

Even though the 2016 WWE Draft is technically a month away, Reigns will be on day 29 of his suspension. It will be a big hole to fill on the first live edition of Smackdown on Tuesday night. What happens when Reigns gets picked? Does he just get skipped over and become a free agent? There are quite a few scenarios in play.

This is the first time in four years that a notable name has been popped by the Wellness Policy. Back in 2012, both Rey Mysterio and Randy Orton failed their second test and were suspended 60 days.

The WWE adheres to a three strike policy with the Wellness Policy tests:

30 days for the first failed test.

90 for the second failed test.

And this is what happens if someone were to fail the test a third time:


Twitter: @ScottDargis

UPDATE (4:15 PM)

On Wrestling Observer Radio, Bryan Alvarez reported that the WWE knew about the suspension before the Money in the Bank Pay-Per-View.

WWE’s Kairi Sane wants to make women feel strong

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Kairi Sane became the inaugural Mae Young Classic winner after defeating Shayna Baszler in the final match of the tournament last night in Las Vegas.

I had the chance to speak with her about winning the tournament, her world famous elbow drop, and the differences between working in front of a Japanese crowd versus and American crowd.

Note: The interview was done through a translator

Me: What went through your mind as you stood in the ring as the first-ever winner of the Mae Young Classic?

Kairi: “I was very proud of myself to be there as one of the finalists. It was surprising that I made it so far. I felt nervous, but it was such a happy day for me.”

What made you want to peruse a career in professional wrestling?

“To help become a professional athlete, what’s been very important for me is my audience. They are there for me, watching me perform and I want to give them courage, challenge and then my vitality if possible, especially in this tournament.

My female fans, they touch my heart all of the time and I want to give them the message that women are strong.”

Your elbow drop has become world famous, how did you come up with such a unique variation of a move that’s been around forever?

“I’ve been doing this for about six years now and at first the diving elbow drop did not work. I got injured and it wasn’t my finisher at first, but the move was important to me. I wanted to win using my elbow, so now it has become my form. It’s my favorite thing to do when I perform.”

What are some differences between working in front of an American audience as opposed to a Japanese audience?

“I have to say American fans make me happier. I love their reactions. It’s very exciting and fun. It’s as if they’re fighting together with me.”

How has the world of acting helped you in the world of wrestling?

“It’s relevant because when I perform as a professional athlete, it’s very important to me that I encourage my audience and fans by giving them the vitality I have. I believe that’s my role. For example, my facial expressions will show if I’m happy and having fun or if I’m disappointed. I want to make sure that my audience sees those expressions.”

Twitter: @ScottDargis 

Six kids get once in a lifetime experience by transforming into WWE superstars

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If you’ve watched WWE programming in September you likely noticed numerous superstars wearing Connor’s Cure T-shirts and pins:



Once again WWE is teaming up with The V Foundation through Connor’s Cure to raise funds for pediatric cancer research.

Six children at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh had the opportunity to live out a dream by creating their own character and making an entrance in front of a live crowd. Lance “The Tumornator” even called out The Miz!

I know before I go any further that some will think that this is just an #ad for the company and it’s not. I could have passed on writing this, but seeing these kids light up by becoming WWE superstars while hanging out with the likes of Stephanie McMahon, Finn Balor, Alexa Bliss and The Miz and Maryse is heartwarming and will bring a smile to your face.

Here’s some more information:

To assist fund raising efforts for Connor’s Cure, WWE produced a limited-edition Connor’s Cure Collection featuring t-shirts, pins and the original Connor’s Cure bracelet. The Connor’s Cure t-shirts were created in partnership with apparel company Represent and will be available for purchase through 100 percent of net proceeds from sales of Connor’s Cure merchandise will directly benefit pediatric cancer research through The V Foundation’s grant-making process.”