Following the untimely death of Eddie Guerrero, WWE introduced the Wellness policy to protect its athletes from drugs, non prescribed drugs as well as routine health checks. All violations were not made public. Following the death of Chris Benoit, WWE announced that following November 1, 2007 that all WWE suspensions would be made public.
This page will cover all suspensions confirmed by WWE after that. Any previous suspensions were not publically announced and can only be seen as speculation.
Each WWE employee has a three strike rule. First failed test sees a 30 day suspension. A second failed test will invoke a 60 day suspension, whilst a third is 90 day suspension. WWE have the option to terminate or suspend indefinitely.
Below is the full list of the WWE Suspensions due to violating the WWE Wellness Policy since November 1, 2007:
D.H. Smith – November 2, 2007, WWE announced that David Hart Smith had been suspended for 30 days for his first Wellness Policy violation. Smith served his suspension and returned at the December 17, 2007 RAW taping.
Chris Masters – Also on November 2, 2007 Chris Masters was suspended from WWE for 60 days following his second Wellness Policy violation. Before his suspension ended he was released from his WWE contract.
Derrick Linkin – WWE announced on January 16, 2008 that developmental worker Derrick had been suspended for violating the WWE Wellness Policy. Derrick was released from his WWE developmental contract shortly after.
Chett the Jet – WWE announced on January 16, 2008 that developmental worker Chett had been suspended for violating the WWE Wellness Policy. He was later released from his WWE developmental contract.
Jeff Hardy – WWE suspended Jeff Hardy on March 11, 2008 for a second violation, resulting a 60 day suspension. The previous night, Jeff dropped the Intercontinental Championship to Chris Jericho on an episode of Raw. Following suspension, Hardy was dropped from the Money In The Bank match at WrestleMania XXIV. Jeff Hardy returned to WWE on May 12th episode of Raw.
Manu – WWE announced on March 20, 2008 that developmental worker Manu had been suspended for 30 days for violating the WWE Wellness Policy. Afa was believed to have been suspended not because he failed an actual Wellness Test but for trying to manipulate the test by not actually giving a real sample from his body.
William Regal – WWE announced on May 20, 2008 that Regal had been suspended for 60 days for his second WWE Wellness Policy violation. The night before on Raw (May 19th), Regal lost a “win or be fired” match against Ken Kennedy. Regal made his return on the July 28th edition of Raw from Washington, D.C. as he lost a match against the reigning World Heavyweight Champion CM Punk.
Jimmy Wang Yang – WWE announced on June 9, 2008 that Wang Yang had been suspended for 30 days for his first WWE Wellness Policy violation.
Dolph Ziggler – WWE suspended Dolph Ziggler on October 10, 2008 for 30 days. This was Ziggler’s first WWE suspension.
Umaga – Umaga was abruptly released from his WWE contract on June 8, 2009. WWE later revealed it was Wellness-related and while it was his second violation, he was terminated for refusing to enter a rehabilitation program.
Rey Mysterio:– Rey Mysterio was suspended effective on September 2, 2009. WWE announced the news on August 27, 2009. Rey was suspended for 30 days for his first WWE Wellness Policy violation. As Mysterio was WWE Intercontinental Champion at the time, his suspension was delayed.
Carlito:– Carlito was released from his contract by WWE on Friday, May 21, 2010. Due to his first violation of the WWE Wellness Policy and refusal to enter a rehabilitation facility. On TV, Carlito showed up “unfit” to perform at the at the 5/17 WWE Raw taping.
Sin Cara (original) – WWE suspended Sin Cara on July 18, 2011 for 30 days. Cara had tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug that he was injecting. Cara failed the test in June but was given a grace period by WWE officials because he claimed to have a prescription for the drug. When Cara couldn’t produce a prescription, he was suspended. He was written off in an injury angle at WWE Money in the Bank on July 17th).
Mike Chioda:– Senior referee Mike Chioda was suspended on August 15, 2011. Chioda is the first WWE referee to be suspended since the company began publicly announcing suspensions. Chioda returned to WWE in September 2011.
Darren Young – WWE suspended Darren Young on October 6, 2011 for 30 days. It was later revealed that Young was suspended for smoking synthetic marijuana.
Heath Slater – WWE suspended Heath Slater on Monday, October 17, 2011 for 30 days. Slater violation of the company’s Wellness Policy. Slater was suspended for smoking Spice, a brand of synthetic marijuana.
Evan Bourne – WWE suspended Evan Bourne on Tuesday, November 1, 2011 for 30 days. Bourne’s first violation of the company’s Wellness Policy was for smoking Spice, a brand of synthetic marijuana.
R-Truth. – WWE suspended R-Truth on November 22, 2011 for 30 days. For Truth’s his fist violation of the company’s Wellness Policy had been smoking Spice at a party with Evan Bourne. As Truth was booked in the Survivor Series main event, his suspension was delayed.
Evan Bourne – Evan Bourne was suspended for a second time on January 17,2012. Due to the second violation, Bourne had a 60 day suspension. Bourne was caught smoking Spice again.
Rey Mysterio – WWE announced on April 26, 2012 that Rey Mysterio had been suspended for 60 days. This was Rey’s second violation of the company’s Wellness Policy. Mysterio was tested on February 13, 2012 and reportedly tested positive for amphetamines. He blamed the positive test on a nasal spray he had a prescription for and the timing raised major questions.
Chris Jericho. – Following an incident at live show in Brazil, Chris Jericho was suspended for 30 days on May 25, 2012. The incident happened at a WWE live show in São Paulo on May 24. Jericho disrespected the Brazilian flag. Jericho returned on the June 25th episode of Raw Supershow.
Randy Orton – Randy Orton violated the WWE wellness policy for a second time on May 30, 2012. This resulted in a 60 day suspension for Orton.
Ricardo Rodriguez – WWE suspended Ricardo Rodriquez on July 2, 2013 for 30 days. This was his first violation of the company’s Wellness Policy. Dolph Ziggler attacked Ricardo on the June 28th episode of Smackdown. Rodriguez returned on the August 5, 2013 episode of Monday Night Raw as Alberto Del Rio’s ring announcer.
Hornswoggle. – WWE suspended Hornswoggle on September 28, 2015. His first suspension resulted in a 30 day suspension.
Titus O’Neil. – Titus O’Neil was suspended on February 9, 2016 for playfully grabbing Vince McMahon at an episode of Monday Night Raw. WWE originally announced a 90 day suspension for unprofessional conduction; this was reduced to 60 days shortly after.
Adam Rose. – WWE suspended Adam Rose for 60 days. Rose was initially suspended in 2013, yet it was never publicly announced. Following suspension, Adam Rose was arrested following a domestic violence case with his partner. Rose was released from WWE shortly after.
Konnor – WWE suspended Konnor April 16, 2016 for 60 days for his second violation. Konnor’s first suspension took place in 2006 whilst working for Deep South Wrestling.