The first episode of Raw following the 30-day suspension of Roman Reigns is here. It will be interesting to see how WWE goes about Reigns missing a month of work on the road to Battleground after violating the wellness policy. Most stars have been written out of television with an injury or on-air story to explain the absence when suspended. Nothing of that nature occurred last week and you’d assume they have to address one of the biggest stars on the roster missing shows before a big title reign. How will this affect the Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose triple threat match for the WWE World Championship next month?
John Cena was beat down by A.J. Styles and The Club last week. The disadvantage of having to battle three men appears to be too much for even the superman of WWE. Tonight’s Raw may give us an insight into if Cena gets help to even the odds. Battleground will be the final PPV before the brand split and WWE is pulling out all the steps in making it a special occasion. The road to Battleground, the draft and the brand split is here. Every episode is important and tonight has to deliver a home run.
5. Roman Reigns is called out for suspension
Seth Rollins opened the show referencing Roman Reigns getting suspended. WWE never discusses a wrestler violating the wellness policy on air. The suspension is usually announced online and never referenced on television. This wasn’t the case for Reigns and WWE booked Rollins to run him down for disappointing everyone. Reigns has been protected for his entire main roster tenure but it is officially over. Rollins and Stephanie McMahon both made note of Reigns being out for the next thirty days due to a bad decision on his part.
Dean Ambrose defended his friend by stating everyone makes mistakes. That was a great help for Reigns character as the face champion still has his back. Everyone does slip up now and then and Ambrose added a human element to Reigns. This could help him in the long run if fans give him a fair chance but that’s unlikely given the response to him before the news. Still, WWE making Reigns’ suspension very public is not good for his standing in the company and a huge surprise.
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