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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.

Someone will win $1 million if they beat AJ Styles in WWE 2K19

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The cover athlete for this year’s version of Yuke’s and Visual Concepts’ incredibly popular WWE video game series is simply phenomenal.

That’s right, AJ Styles will be featured on the cover of WWE 2K19, but that’s not his only involvement with this year’s game.

During the cover announcement, Styles mentioned that this year’s game will feature a Million Dollar Challenge. Details were a bit vague, but the “Phenomenal One” said players will have to beat an unannounced mode, submit a promo video, and if they’re selected, they’ll be entered in a tournament.

Whoever wins that tournament will get the opportunity to face Styles in a one-on-one match in WWE 2K19 and if they’re able to beat Styles, they’ll walk away with:

Beating Styles won’t be easy because he’s one of the biggest gamers on WWE’s roster, but Yuke’s and Visual Concepts might want to bring some extra controllers just in case this happens again:

Here’s a look at the cover art:

WWE 2K19 will be released for PS4, Xbox One, and PC on October 9. For more information on the game visit, become a fan on Facebook, follow the game on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #WWE2K19 or subscribe on YouTube.

Glenn ‘Kane’ Jacobs leads Republican Primary for mayor of Knox County by 17 votes

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After 100 percent of the precincts reported their data, Glenn Jacobs, known to wrestling fans as “The Big Red Machine” Kane, is leading the Republican nomination for mayor of Knox County, Tennessee by just 17 votes.

The race isn’t over just yet though. According to the ABC affiliate in Knoxville, there are still provisional ballots that need to be factored in, so an official winner won’t be announced until next week.

Jacobs has worked under the umbrella of World Wrestling Entertainment since 1995. After announcing his candidacy last April, he’s been seen very sporadically on television. The last time he worked a match on TV was the main event of the March 26th edition of Raw against John Cena.