Over the years, there have been many WWE suspensions, but many of them have occurred since the Wellness Policy was unveiled in 2006. In the past 14 years, many current and former WWE talents have been suspended for violating the company’s Wellness Policy with the company that provides a 30-day suspension for the first violations.
These suspensions have become common in WWE, but there are also several current and former WWE stars who have been suspended in the past for very different reasons.
5 WWE wrestlers who were suspended for strange reasons
WWE Suspended Titus O’neil over this segment for up to 90 days for crossing Vince Mcmahon pic.twitter.com/4Hpf4E7HWY
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Titus O’Neil is a former tag team champion, but despite not being used very often on WWE TV, he is a fantastic ambassador for the company outside the ring.
News of O’Neil’s suspension leaked in 2016 after he was sent home from the SmackDown tapes for “unprofessional conduct” when he grabbed Vince McMahon when the WWE president walked up the ramp following the retirement speech. by Daniel Bryan.
O’Neil was suspended for 60 days after the incident where he later explained to Lilian Garcia about Chasing Glory, that he was trying to allow Stephanie to come out of the arena first.
Jerry Lawler has become a WWE legend throughout his career behind the comment desk. The King is also a former ring talent and someone who is more recognizable alongside Jim Ross behind the ad counter.
After Ross’s departure, Lawler continued to provide color commentary until he was arrested on domestic violence charges in 2016 and the company had no choice but to suspend the WWE Hall of Fame.
WWE has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to domestic violence, and while this was just a fight between Lawler and his much younger girlfriend, WWE had to suspend the star.
His suspension cost him his place at the comment desk, but just two weeks later, the company revealed that the charges had been dropped from Lawler and his girlfriend Lauryn McBride and that his suspension had been lifted.
Lawler was placed in pre-shows before being completely removed from WWE TV, the star returned to a full-time comment role in 2019 on RAW, but was replaced by Samoa Joe earlier this year.
BREAKING NEWS: WWE has zero tolerance for matters involving domestic violence, and per our policy, Rich Swann has been suspended indefinitely following his arrest. https://t.co/7GBJIu3Tyu
– WWE (@WWE) December 10, 2017
Rich Swann originally debuted in WWE as part of the NXT brand, but many fans remember this as part of the original Cruiserweight Classic in 2016. Swann managed to reach the quarterfinals before being eliminated by eventual winner TJ Perkins.
The star became part of the WWE Cruiserweight Division on Monday Night RAW and even lifted the Championship when he was able to defeat Brian Kendrick in the first episode of 205 Live.
Swann lost the Championship in early 2017 and was then slated to face Drew Gulak in a match to determine the new No. 1 contender, to the Neville Championship, but this match was canceled after Swann was suspended by WWE.
In December 2017, Swann was arrested on assault charges and false kidnapping / imprisonment. The victim was identified as his wife, and the couple reportedly had an argument after their performance at a show that night.
In January 2018, the case was dismissed due to “insufficient evidence,” but only a few weeks later, on February 15, Swann and WWE reached an agreement to terminate their contract.
Adam Rose was one of the most exciting stars in WWE as the leader of The Rosebuds. During their time on NXT, Becky Lynch, Braun Strowman, and Nikki Cross started out as Rosebuds for Adam Rose.
WWE has granted Adam Rose’s request to be released, as of today. WWE wishes Rose the best in all future endeavors. https://t.co/5y0FRdLCz5
– WWE (@WWE) May 23, 2016
Adam Rose was one of the most exciting stars in WWE as the leader of The Rosebuds. During his time in NXT, characters like Becky Lynch, Braun Strowman, and Nikki Cross started out as Rosebuds for Adam Rose.
Things were going well for the leader of The Exotic Express until 2015, when Rose’s WWE character changed and he was no longer seen as a party animal. Rose underwent a series of character changes throughout 2015 and at one point was even part of The Social Outcasts alongside Bo Dallas, Curtis Axel and Heath Slater.
This story was apparently interrupted when Rose was suspended for 60 days for her second violation of WWE’s wellness policy. Rose declared her innocence on social media and even shared a note from the doctor, but three weeks later, when Rose was arrested for domestic violence and for manipulating a witness, WWE suspended him indefinitely.
Two weeks later, Rose requested his release from WWE and it was granted, and the following month the domestic violence case was withdrawn as Rose demonstrated that she was receiving professional help.
#OnThisDay in 2012: Chris Jericho was indefinitely suspended one day after desecrating a Brazilian flag prior to a match with CM Punk. pic.twitter.com/QaHau6tLJH
– Allan (@allan_cheapshot) May 25, 2017
One of the most unusual suspensions in WWE history occurred in 2012. According to a CBC report, at a live WWE event in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in May, Chris Jericho picked up a Brazilian flag that had reached the ring, crumpled it before throwing it to the ground, standing on it and then kicking it.
Like heel, this would have been an easy way to gain hatred for many WWE fans, but Brazilian authorities saw this differently. The police then stopped the fight and gave the former WWE champion the opportunity to apologize to attendees or face quarantine.
Then WWE had to be seen acting after the incident and they were forced to suspend Jericho for 30 days. The company announced the following on its official website.
“Chris Jericho has been suspended for 30 days due to the irresponsible act of denigrating the Brazilian flag at the WWE live event in Sao Paulo on May 24,” the wrestling organization said on its website on Friday.
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