This week’s Monday Night Raw will be yet another episode without the presence of Roman Reigns, the WWE performer who has become the face of the company over the past few years. So how much longer should members of the Roman Empire expect Reigns to remain absent?
Luckily for hardcore Reigns fans, Roman’s suspension will not remove him from the card at the Battleground pay-per-view, and this July 24th event will mark Reigns’ return.
The obvious next question is what direction will the WWE be taking Roman in when he comes back? Well, according to Inquisitr, the plan is to give Reigns a redemption storyline in which he has to work his way back up to the top. That seems to indicate that he will not win the Battleground main event, but Daily Wrestling News reports that Reigns will still be a main-event player in the coming months.
This news will come as a relief to some who were concerned that Reigns’ suspension would be difficult to bounce back from. It recently came out that the wrestler failed his drug after an amphetamine was found in his system, possibly in addition to marijuana. The WWE’s wellness policy notes “The non-medical use of an amphetamine, methamphetamine, Ectasy (MDMA), Eve (MDEA), MDA, PMA, Phentermine and other amphetamine derivatives and related compounds is prohibited.”
Although he will apparently not be losing his status as a main-event player, Reigns will be taking a serious financial hit as a result of his suspension. The Wrestling Observer reports that he is expected to lose about $100,000 during his probation, as he will not be getting pay from all the house shows and WWE events he was scheduled to appear at.
Last week on Monday Night Raw, the idea of Roman Reigns being suspended was worked directly into the show’s storyline, with Seth Rollins saying that Reigns had brought shame to the company and that his apology was phony. Dean Ambrose, the current WWE World Heavyweight Champion, was more sympathetic, saying that everyone deserves a second chance.
We will likely hear more about Reigns suspension on July 4th’s episode of Raw, which will air at 8:00 p.m. Eastern on the USA Network.