WWE Suspends Eva Marie For Wellness Violation
The suspensions continue to roll in: Eva Marie has been suspended by WWE for violating the Wellness Policy.
WWE confirmed the news on their official website: “WWE has suspended Natalie Coyle (Eva Marie) for 30 days effective immediately for her first violation of the company’s talent wellness policy.”
Eva Marie’s husband, Jonathan Coyle, took to Twitter to defend his wife, stating that we don’t know the full story, and that we’ll likely side with Eva Marie once we do:
When the public finds out why my wife was unjustly suspended they will be absolutely outraged! Official statement and facts coming soon.
— Jonathan Coyle (@Jonathan_Coyle) August 18, 2016
Of course, this all throws a wrench into WWE’s Summerslam plans, as Eva Marie was set to team up with Alexa Bliss and Natalya to take on Naomi, Carmella and Becky Lynch this Sunday. In response to the Wellness violation, the match has been changed to a 2-on-3 handicap match, according to WWE’s official release on the Summerslam card.
This is the third suspension this week, and the fourth this summer, in what is ballooning into a serious issue for WWE. First, main eventer Roman Reigns was suspended last month for violating the policy, in an act that ended up derailing his push at the top of the card (at least for the time being). Then, Alberto Del Rio was suspended for thirty days yesterday due to a failed Wellness Policy test. Later that same day, his girlfriend, former WWE Divas Champion Paige, was suspended as well for a test failure. This is without even getting into Brock Lesnar failing a drug test from USADA, an incident which revealed that Lesnar isn’t actually subject to WWE’s policy.
On the one hand, it’s good to know that WWE takes the policy seriously, but it’s kind of disconcerting to know that, from all appearances, some people on the roster don’t. Here’s hoping WWE gets its house in order. Then again, if Eva Marie’s husband is right about her suspension being unjust, I’d love to hear his side of the story.
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