WWE has suspended Samoa Joe for 30 days stemming from his first violation of the company’s talent wellness policy. WWE announced the suspension on Monday via its Twitter account.
Samoa Joe has been out of action after suffering a head injury while shooting a commercial earlier this month. Prior to that head injury, Samoa Joe had suffered a concussion on RAW in January, which kept him out of action. While injured, Joe had been filling in on WWE’s commentary team up until he was cleared to return to in-ring action and he began teaming with Kevin Owens.
Samoa Joe is the third wrestler this year to be suspended under the talent wellness policy. A few weeks ago, Andrade was suspended for his first violation and Bobby Roode was also suspended for his first violation of the policy.
WWE has a policy if not announcing what specifically the talent violated to force the suspension. The talent wellness policy covers a wide range of topics, including prohibiting wrestlers from abusing prescription drugs and performance-enhancing drugs. The policy also doesn’t allow wrestlers to possess or use illegal drugs.
There are other elements to the policy that include regular cardiovascular testing and monitoring. WWE wrestlers are subject to random drug tests throughout the year.
Samoa Joe’s suspension will end on March 24, which is just a few weeks before WrestleMania 36.