Without really knowing what Roman did to violate WWEâ€™s Wellness policy, itâ€™s hard to say. Am I disappointed that he did something to award a suspension? Absolutely. Whether it was pot, steroids, or supplements that had something that went against policy; Roman gets paid very well, and has been given a very nice push, to know better. Still, everyone makes mistakes, thatâ€™s life â€“ and maybe the violation was just that â€“ an honest mistake. Having said all that, my gut is saying that he didnâ€™t do anything huge, to warrant him being pulled out of the Battleground main event match, or they wouldâ€™ve already pulled him. Or the other side of the coin, does WWE want to risk the Battleground main event, just to punish Roman, when really, theyâ€™d be punishing the fans? How long has the WWE Universe wanted to see a Triple Threat Shield match? Seems to me, for quite a long time. With the brand extension draft looming, and SummerSlam plans locking into place, perhaps this is the only opportunity the WWE has to book a match like this; so they grabbed the opportunity.
I say, keep him in. If what Roman has done to warrant a suspension isnâ€™t a rookie mistake, and something higher-level, than he shouldnâ€™t be booked looking strong within the match; and post-Battleground, place Reigns in mid-card until he proves himself. If what he did was a rookie mistake, perhaps Reigns needs to sit at upper mid-card/main event scene, but out of the title picture, until he proves that he is a superstar the company can back. Either way, removing him from the Triple Threat bout (love him or hate him) would only hurt the fans, and the pay-per-view.
I think they should have, but since he’s been announced and he’s been hyped, I doubt it. I don’t know what the violation was, and I honestly don’t care. To me, you shouldn’t be able to jump back in, days after being off suspension, and in theory challenge for the biggest prize the company has.
That being said, I don’t think they change it now, but I think WWE blew a huge opportunity here.
The more I think about it, the more this would have made sense. They announce his suspension, and immediately make the match a singles encounter. We don’t see Reigns again until, during the Battleground main event, he runs in and destroys both men, getting the match thrown out. He then goes on a heel rant about how he did what he did to make fans happy, that they were never satisfied with what he gave them and he had to give them more. With that, the violation is behind him, he’s integrated into the swing of things again, and you’ve also handled all the booing. Reigns might want to be a babyface, and WWE might want him to be too, but right now the fans don’t seem to agree.
But since my scenario won’t happen, I’ve been hoping they would somehow keep him out, but I am resigned to him showing up and fighting.