Roman Reigns may have helped WWE with deciding what to do with his character while potentially burying himself in wrestling purgatory.
Unlearning of the news that the former WWE World Heavyweight Champion had been suspended for 30 days for violating the company’s wellness policy, the company that was hell bent on making the former Shield member the face of the future can now breathe a sigh of relief and focus on Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins battling over a belt currently held by the Lunatic Fringe.
WWE.com released a statement on Tuesday, letting fans know of the immediate suspension of its former champion.
“WWE has suspended Joe Anoa`i (Roman Reigns) for 30 days effective immediately for his first violation of the company’s talent wellness policy.”
Reigns took to his twitter page to apologize for his actions.
“I apologize to my family, friends and fans for my mistake in violating WWE’s wellness policy,” Reigns tweeted. “No excuses. I own it.”
While this is a huge blow to the company, Reigns and the fans, it might be the break the McMahons need to formulate a rivalry between Ambrose and Rollins without a third wheel. The idea of the three former members of The Shield battling it out over the top belt in the business is a solid move and was booked cleverly at Money in the Bank and on Monday Night Raw, but it only generated appeal for the two mentioned while fans have clearly gotten over the birth of the Roman Empire.
When he does return to action, the company will have to do one heck of a sell job to make him a bonafied star once again. A heel turn and a manager (Triple H or Paul Heyman) may be the only way to get the three-time WWE World Champion over with the fan base.
Reigns is really in a no-win situation. He does not have the clout of a Randy Orton – who has been suspended before for the same violations and still remained a world champion. He does not have the kind of support of someone like Alberto Del Rio had, where the former WWE Champion was fired for an incident with a company employee and returned to take the United States Title from John Cena last year. An announcement like this could have huge repercussions to it, which may ultimately affect Reigns’ career in WWE and a possible title run down the line.
For whatever reason, Reigns cannot get over with the fans. He isn’t dynamic in interviews, his gimmick doesn’t resonate with the fans, and both Rollins and Ambrose have more appealing personalities. If the idea of rebuilding Rollins to come back and take the title off Reigns Sunday night tells you anything, it’s the company may finally have grown weary of trying to build the big guy up to the a beast nobody was buying.
Now, everyone can step back for a few weeks before there is talk about what to do with Reigns and his character. A repackaging of sorts might not be a bad idea.
Given the fact AJ Styles and The Club are white hot, Bray Wyatt and his Family just returned from injury and everyone is waiting for Finn Balor and possibly Samoa Joe to make their main roster debuts and it is going to take an act of Congress to promote Reigns as someone to get behind.
The news today may have done everyone involved a favor. Whether Reigns will be part of the main event at SummerSlam remains to be seen. But for now, the company has one less obstacle to deal with – at least for the next 30 days.