The WWE announced Wednesday they have suspended Jose Rodriguez (Alberto Del Rio) 30 days for violating the company’s talent wellness policy. This is his first suspension, and he will begin serving it on Thursday, Aug. 18.
WWE has not made public exactly how he violated the company’s talent wellness policy. The violation could be anything from substance abuse to annual physicals and cardiovascular health.
According to Ryan Glasspiegel of The Big Lead, it would not be a major surprise if Del Rio ends his tenure with the WWE shortly after his suspension ends. Coincidentally (or not), he has an out clause in his contract that he can exercise in September.
If that comes to fruition and he never returns to the WWE to fight, Del Rio’s final match will have taken place Tuesday night when he wrestled John Cena on the latest episode of SmackDown Live. Del Rio lost the bout.
Alberto has become quite popular over the years, so it will be interesting to see how this impacts the WWE. He is a two-time world heavyweight champion.
Del Rio is the second major name to serve a suspension for violating the wellness policy this year. Roman Reigns served the same punishment starting at the end of June.