WWE Suspensions

WWE announced beginning on November 1, 2007 that all Wellness Policy violations would be made public. On this page we are covering all of the suspensions that were confirmed by the company from that date forward. Any previous suspensions that were from Wellness Policy violations can only be labeled as speculation because the company did not confirm these suspensions publicly before that date. WWE’s Wellness Policy works like this – one failed test, suspended 30 days – two failed tests, suspended 60 days – three failed tests, the superstar is terminated.

Below are the violators of the WWE Wellness Policy since November 1, 2007:

D.H. Smith (real name Harry Smith) – WWE announced on November 2, 2007 that Smith had been suspended for 30 days for his first Wellness Policy violation. Smith served his suspension and returned at the December 17, 2007 RAW taping.

Chris Masters (real name Chris Mordetzky) – WWE announced on November 2, 2007 that Masters had been suspended from the company for 60 days following his second Wellness Policy violation. Before his suspension ended he was released from World Wrestling Entertainment.

Derrick Linkin (real name Derrick Neikirk) – WWE announced on January 16, 2008 that developmental worker Neikirk had been suspended for violating the WWE Wellness Policy. Neikirk has since been released from his WWE developmental contract.

Chett the Jet (real name Neil Bzibziak) – WWE announced on January 16, 2008 that developmental worker Bzibziak had been suspended for violating the WWE Wellness Policy. Bzibziak returned from his suspension at an FCW show on 2/19. He was later released from his WWE developmental contract.

Jeff Hardy – WWE announced on March 11, 2008 that Hardy had been suspended for 60 days following his second WWE Wellness Policy violation. Hardy dropped the WWE Intercontinental Championship on Raw the night before (March 10th) to Chris Jericho and was replaced in the main event of weekend Raw house shows by Jericho. Hardy was scheduled to compete in the Money in the Bank ladder match at WrestleMania XXIV but was removed from the card following his suspension. Hardy made his return to WWE on the May 12th edition of Raw in a match where he defeated Umaga with a three count.

Manu (real name Afa Anoa’i, Jr.) – WWE announced on March 20, 2008 that developmental worker Afa Jr. had been suspended for 30 days for violating the WWE Wellness Policy. Afa was believed to have been suspended not because he failed an actual Wellness Test but for trying to manipulate the test by not actually giving a real sample from his body.

William Regal (real name Darren Matthews) – WWE announced on May 20, 2008 that Regal had been suspended for 60 days for his second WWE Wellness Policy violation. The night before on Raw (May 19th), Regal lost a “win or be fired” match against Ken Kennedy. Regal made his return on the July 28th edition of Raw from Washington, D.C. as he lost a match against the reigning World Heavyweight Champion CM Punk.

Jimmy Wang Yang (real name James Carson Yun) – WWE announced on June 9, 2008 that Wang Yang had been suspended for 30 days for his first WWE Wellness Policy violation. The last time that he worked for WWE before the suspension was in a dark match at the SmackDown/ECW tapings on June 7th in Fresno, California. Yang returned to WWE at the June 15th SmackDown taping in Charlotte, North Carolina in a match where he lost to Brian Kendrick.

Dolph Ziggler (real name Nick Nemeth) – WWE announced on October 10, 2008 that Dolph Ziggler had been suspended for 30 days for his first WWE Wellness Policy violation. He was last seen on WWE television on the 10/6 edition of Raw where he tried to introduce himself to Mark Henry, Kane, & Tony Atlas in a backstage segment.

Umaga (real name Eddie Fatu) – Umaga was abruptly released from his WWE contract on June 8, 2009. WWE later revealed it was Wellness-related and while it was his second violation, he was terminated for refusing to enter a rehabilitation program.

Rey Mysterio (real name Oscar Gutiérrez) – WWE announced on Thursday, August 27, 2009 that effective Wednesday, September 2, 2009 that Rey Mysterio will be suspended for 30 days for his first WWE Wellness Policy violation. Mysterio’s suspension was delayed because at the time of the suspension he was the current WWE Intercontinental Champion and they had to get the belt off of him.

Carlito (real name Carlos Colon) – WWE announced on Friday, May 21, 2010 that Carlito had been released from his WWE contract because of his first violation of the WWE Wellness Policy and his refusal to enter a rehabilitation facility. We were told Carlito showed up “unfit” to perform at the at the 5/17 WWE Raw taping from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Sin Cara (real name Luis Ignascio) – WWE announced on July 18, 2011 that Cara had been suspended for his first violation of the WWE Wellness Policy. It was later learned that Cara tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug that he was injecting. Cara failed the test in June but was given a grace period by WWE officials because he claimed to have a prescription for the drug. When Cara couldn’t produce a prescription, he was suspended. He returned to WWE at the 8/9 Smackdown taping, indicating that his suspension actually began a couple of weeks before it was announced and he worked for free to explain his absence in storyline (he was written off in an injury angle at WWE Money in the Bank on July 17th).

Mike Chioda – WWE announced on August 15, 2011 that senior referee Mike Chioda had been suspended for his first violation of the WWE Wellness Policy. Chioda is the first WWE referee to be suspended since the company began publicly announcing suspensions on November 1, 2007.  Chioda returned to WWE in September 2011.

Darren Young (real name Fred Rosser) – WWE announced on Thursday, October 6, 2011 that Darren Young had been suspended for 30 days effective Wednesday, October 5, 2011 for his first violation of the company’s Wellness Policy. It was later learned that Young was suspended for smoking synthetic marijuana.

Heath Slater (real name Heath Miller) – WWE announced on Monday, October 17, 2011 that Heath Slater had been suspended for 30 days effective immediately for his first violation of the company’s Wellness Policy. It was later learned that Slater was suspended for smoking Spice, a brand of synthetic marijuana.

Evan Bourne (real name Matthew Korklan) – WWE announced on Tuesday, November 1, 2011 that Evan Bourne had been suspended for 30 days effective immediately for his first violation of the company’s Wellness Policy. It was later learned that Bourne was suspended for smoking Spice, a brand of synthetic marijuana.

R-Truth (real name Ron Killings) – WWE announced on Tuesday, November 22, 2011 that R-Truth had been suspended for 30 days for his fist violation of the company’s Wellness Policy. Truth was seen smoking Spice at a party with Evan Bourne but his suspension was delayed. Truth was booked in the Survivor Series main event but was written off of TV the following Monday.

Evan Bourne (real name Matthew Korklan) – WWE announced on Tuesday, January 17,2012 that Evan Bourne had been suspended for 60 days effective immediately for his second violation of the company’s Wellness Policy.  It was later revealed that Bourne had tested positive for smoking Spice, a brand of synthetic marijuana.  This was his second suspension for the same substance.

Rey Mysterio (real name Oscar Gutiérrez) - WWE announced on Thursday, April 26, 2012 that Rey Mysterio had been suspended for 60 days for his second violation of the company’s Wellness Policy.  Mysterio was tested on February 13, 2012 and reportedly tested positive for amphetamines.  He blamed the positive test on a nasal spray he had a prescription for and the timing raised major questions.

Chris Jericho (real name Christopher Irvine) – WWE announced on Friday, May 25, 2012 that Jericho had been suspended for 30 days for desecrating the Brazilian flag at a WWE live event in São Paulo on May 24. Jericho returned on the June 25th episode of Raw Supershow.

Randy Orton – WWE announced on Wednesday, May 30, 2012 that Orton had been suspended for 60 days for his second violation of the WWE Wellness Policy. We detailed how it was his fifth suspension in WWE. We heard the positive test was caused by elevated testosterone levels due to Dianabol. We also heard he had traces of marijuana in his system.

Ricardo Rodriguez (real name Jesús Rodríguez) – WWE announced on Tuesday, July 2, 2013 that Ricardo Rodriguez, real name Jesús Rodríguez, has been suspended for 30 days for his first violation of the company’s Wellness Policy. Rodriguez was notably absent from the July 1st episode of Monday Night Raw here Dolph Ziggler’s “attack” on him from the June 28th episode of Smackdown was used as the kayfabe explanation.  Rodriguez returned on the August 5, 2013 episode of Monday Night Raw from Green Bay, Wisconsin as Alberto Del Rio’s ring announcer.

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