On June 21, Roman Reigns was suspended from the WWE for 30 days as punishment for a first-time violation of the organisation's Wellness Policy.
In the days since, the great and the good of the WWE - from Jim Ross to Mick Foley - have spoken out and offered their own opinion on just what it means for Reigns' future, and how much of the blame lies at the feet of The Big Dog.
The latest legend of the business to speak out on the issue is Stone Cold Steve Austin. In an interview with ESPN Radio's Russillo & Kane show, The Texas Rattlesnake backed Reigns to bounce back and applauded the way he has handled the situation:
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"He got popped, and that’s just the way it is," Austin told the ESPN show, via NoDQ.
“He owned it, and he’ll live to come back another day. He owned it, so I think the kid did the right thing. Sometimes these things happen.”
Almost immediately after the story of his suspension broke last week, the former Shield member took to social media to apologise for what had happened. It is this that Austin is likely referring to when talking about Reigns "owning it".
Stone Cold's response is similar to that of fellow WWE great, Mick Foley, who recently posted his own message on social media offering support to the three-time World Heavyweight Champion.
In fact, the majority of those within the business have been fairly kind to Reigns in light of the punishment - a stark contrast to the reaction from large sections of the WWE Universe who were keen to criticise the 31-year-old.
Of course, at this stage, details on exactly what Reigns took to trigger the failed drugs are sketchy at best. Until we learn just what caused the Superstar to fall foul of the rules, it is hard to comment on just how much blame he should take.
With Austin also noting in the same interview that the WWE is incredibly strict on their drug policy right now, Reigns might not be the last big name star that is forced onto the sidelines in the future, either.
As for what happens next for The Big Dog, that is anyone's guess.
He is currently still scheduled to compete in the triple-threat title match at Battleground next month, with the pay-per-view taking place just a few days after his 30-day ban comes to an end.
Considering, though, that it was Vince McMahon himself who ensured he was pinned by Rollins to lose his title at Money in the Bank after being made aware of Reigns' Wellness Policy misdemeanour, the Florida native might have to wait some time before he gets hold of the title for a fourth time.
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