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Richard's Exclusive Update: Reigns's Suspension Fallout & Backstage Reaction, Orton's Return, Lesnar/WWE Draft

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- About 24 hours after we ran our report on Roman Reigns apologizing the WWE locker room following his 30-day suspension for violated the WWE Wellness Policy, there are reports today that apology was forced. We can confirm Reigns was asked to apologize and, as we reported yesterday, it was similar to what he released on his public Twitter account. We have details on what caused the suspension online at this link.

- WWE is still hopeful to have Randy Orton back in time for SummerSlam as he’s still on track to return this summer from a shoulder injury. There have been some concern with his neck but he’s denied that he needs surgery (which was rumored at one time). Orton last commented on his return May 25, 2016 on Twitter, when he stated it was “sooner than later.”

- Brock Lesnar, who will be returning to UFC at UFC 200 on July 9, 2016 is rumored to appear on the live premiere of Smackdown on July 19, 2016 on the USA Network. We can’t confirm that as of this writing and are assuming the outcome of his UFC fight will play a role in that. So far, that show will feature all of the normal top names such as John Cena, Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Chris Jericho. Roman Reigns won’t be there as he’ll still be suspended.

- Speaking of Reigns’s suspension, here’s what Chris Jericho told USA Today about it: ”Reigns is a great guy and a great worker. That he was suspended shows there is no BS or (messing) around when it comes to the policy. There are things on (the banned list) that are not anywhere but on the WWE list. You see the things that happened 10, 15 years in the past that don’t happen anymore. You don’t see guys dying young. Reigns is a cool cat. He’ll own it, come back and be a bigger star in the future. I’m a huge Reigns fan and continue to be.”

- The Rock’s mother, Ata Johnson, was in attendance at Tuesday night’s Smackdown taping in Miami, Florida.

- WWE had Stephanie McMahon reach out to Orlando Mayer Buddy Dyer right after the shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, FL. The company assured local officials they were already brainstorming for ideas to raise money for the OneOrlando fund.

- ESPN’s30 For 30 documentary on Ric Flair is currently scheduled to air in the fall. It’s being directed by Rory Karpf.

- The Rock is among the 2017 Hollywood Walk of Fame honorees. He’s joined by Tyra Banks, Chris Pratt, Selena Quintanilla, Ice Cube, Amy Adams, Gustavo Dudamel and John Legend. More information is available at this link.

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