AEW star Jon Moxley(f.k.a Dean Ambrose in WWE) recently released his new book MOX, in which he wrote that he suspected something was wrong with his former The Shield member and current WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns before the latter received his WWE suspension in 2016. Jon Moxley Reveals Why Shane McMahon Can’t Run WWE
Roman Reigns was possibly suspended for drugs abuse
On June 21, 2016, Reigns was suspended for 30 days after violating WWE’s Wellness Program. Due to the suspension, Reigns was booked to lose the WWE World Heavyweight Championship to Seth Rollins at Money in the Bank 2016. Rollins subsequently lost the title to Moxley moments later.
WWE’s Wellness Program prohibits superstars from abusing drugs, including prescription drugs and performance-enhancing drugs. The exact details of Roman Reigns’ suspension were not made public by WWE but it is being speculated that it was due to abuse of drugs.
I apologize to my family, friends and fans for my mistake in violating WWE’s wellness policy. No excuses. I own it.
— Roman Reigns (@WWERomanReigns) June 21, 2016
Moxley recalled how Reigns mentioned he was due to have a meeting with WWE Chairman Vince McMahon:
“Somewhere around San Bernadino, I realized something was wrong. I could read it in Roman’s face. He vaguely alluded to something, some s*** was going down with Vince tomorrow, but I didn’t have any clue and I didn’t pry further,” he wrote.
Earlier in the day, Roman Reigns told Moxley and Rollins that Vince McMahon had instructed him to lose the title that night.
“Roman, fresh from Vince’s office, finds Seth and me in the locker room. Nobody else is around. He has news. We stand in a triangle. ‘You up tonight,’ he said to Seth, ‘Dean cashes in.’ Roman went on to explain that he’d be serving a 30-day suspension for a discrepancy with the wellness policy. I don’t remember saying anything,” Moxley wrote.