Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Evan Bourne Suspended

The WWE announced moments ago that they have suspended one half of the WWE tag team champions Matthew Korklan (Evan Bourne) for 30 days for his first violation of the company's Wellness Policy. One of the stories making the rounds is that the recent rash of suspensions has to do with the company cracking down on synthetic marijuana usage.

Evan Bourne stated the following on Twitter after WWE announced they had suspended the RAW Superstar for 30 days effective immediately for his first violation of their Talent Wellness Program: "Love you guys! I'll be back in a flash. AirBoom will not be derailed!"

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, "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 tonight's SmackDown! 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.

Evan Bourne has already been sent home by WWE so 'Air Boom' may not be losing the tag-team titles on Smackdown. It's also possible they are really pissed off at him and will announce the failure publicly on SmackDown and then strip them of the titles. We shall see later, but the press release sent out earlier was interesting to say the least. Numerous people were confused as to why they didn't have 'Air Boom' drop the titles on RAW. They knew about the failure well before he appeared on TV.

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