The WWE Universe was in a state of utter shock last night when it was revealed that Roman Reigns had been suspended by the WWE.
The three-time WWE World Heavyweight Champion is suspended for the next 30 days after it was revealed that he violated the company's Wellness Policy that usually deals with steroid and drug usage.
The story takes a turn, however, after it was alleged that the WWE had known about Reigns' policy violation last week and decided not to act.
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Respected wrestling journalist Dave Meltzer reported yesterday on a breaking news audio show on F4WOnline.com that WWE knew about the violation before last Sunday's WWE Money In The Bank pay-per-view.
You can watch a clip of Meltzer and wrestler-turned-podcaster Bryan Alvarez talking about Reigns suspension in the video below.
That would mean that the WWE also knew about Reigns' upcoming ban before they announced the main event for Battleground on Monday Night Raw two days ago.
That match will see Reigns face the current champion Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins in a triple threat match that fans have been looking forward to ever since The Shield split up two years ago.
However, the WWE are apparently planning on having that match still go ahead, despite the fact that Reigns won't be allowed on any television in the buildup to the fight, as his suspension runs out on July 21 - after both Monday Night Raw and SmackDown Live on Tuesday nights.
So, how the hell are the WWE going to be able to drum up interest in this match with one-third of it on the sidelines, not allowed on television? Thankfully, the other two in the match - Rollins and Ambrose - have enough chemistry and charisma between them to carry the feud for the time-being.
It will be interesting to see how the WWE deals with Reigns' absence. Will they completely ignore it, will they say that Reigns is away resting and dealing with an injury, or do they just put all their cards on the table and speak openly about the suspension situation?
When the suspensions to Konnor and Adam Rose happened, they were small enough to just be completely written off TV. The last big suspension like this was probably Randy Orton at the time of the steroids scandal. That's how big the Reigns suspension is.