WWE star Roman Reigns has been rapped with a 30 day suspension after violating the sports entertainment company's 'wellness policy'. A statement on both WWE.com and WWE's corporate website revealed the 30-year-old powerhouse - referred to by his real name of Joe Anoa'i - will immediately serve out the ban for a first infringement.
While there was no mention of the specific violation, WWE's in-house health program includes cardiovascular testing, concussion recovery assistance, substance abuse and drug testing, annual physicals and health care referrals for talents.
Former WWE World Heavyweight champion Reigns lost his title at the 19 June Money in the Bank event. He will be cleared to return to the ring for his triple threat title challenge against Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose at Battleground on July 24.
However, he will miss out on the brand draft storyline earlier that week, with the polarising headliner expected to play a key role in upcoming months.
He took to twitter to address news of the suspension telling his near 1.8 million followers: "I apologize to my family, friends and fans for my mistake in violating WWE's wellness policy. No excuses. I own it."