Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Update On Evan Bourne's Suspension

Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

WWE announced Tuesday they have suspended performer Evan Bourne for 30 days effective immediately for his first violation of the company's Talent Wellness Program.


Bourne's suspension was not unexpected since he was summoned to a meeting with WWE officials at Monday's Raw SuperShow in Atlanta, Georgia regarding a recent violation of their Substance Abuse and Drug Testing Policy (a component of the Talent Wellness Program), which according to corporate.wwe.com, "prohibits the use of drugs by talent for other than a legitimate medical purpose pursuant to a valid prescription from a licensed and treating physician."

WWE employees were surprised he and Kofi Kingston didn't lose the Tag Team Championship on Raw. The duo is now expected to drop the titles at Tuesday's SmackDown taping in Greenville, North Carolina since his suspension has been publicly announced.

Many WWE performers believe the recent rash of suspensions is tied to Talent Wellness Program administers cracking down on usage of synthetic cannabis, which was added to the banned substances list in June. Sold under the brand names K2 and Spice, the substance was banned for at least a year effective March 1, 2011 by the Drug Enforcement Administration so they could study its effects more thoroughly and decide whether a permanent ban is necessary.

Bourne is the third WWE performer to be suspended in the past month, following Darren Young and Heath Slater.
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Backstage News On Recent WWE Suspensions

Following the recent suspensions by WWE to Sin Cara, Mike Chioda, Darren Young, Heath Slater and now Evan Bourne, some WWE superstars believe the suspensions are related to WWE cracking down on synthetic marijuana, which is a legal substance reports PWInsider.
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WWE "Upset" With Twitter Response To Raw

Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

WWE officials were upset with the tepid response towards their Twitter trending efforts Monday night during Raw. No WWE related terms trended until the show's conclusion.
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Update On Mick Foley Returning To WWE & Survivor Series Involvement

Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

Although he was removed from the advertisements for the 11/14 three hour edition of WWE Raw, there are still plans to feature Mick Foly on the show, and it will likely be in a referee capacity.

It's also being said that there is a good chance Foley will be appearing at Survivor Series, as he is working a comedy gig just 6 blocks away from Madison Square Garden at midnight on the night of the PPV.
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Why The "Michael Cole Challenge" Was Moved Back A Week

According to