Early Tuesday morning, the wrestling fans were hit with a bombshell when it was revealed that Alberto Del Rio's personal announcer Ricardo Rodriguez was slapped with a 30-day Wellness Policy suspension.
Most people may not realize that Rodriguez is not only a solid announcer, but he was also at one time a regular in the ring for FCW/NXT.
Given the company's track record, it's easy to jump to conclusions and think he was using some form of PEDs or illegal street drugs. However, that may not be the case, as several friends of Rodriguez have taken to social media to defend their comrade.
According to Marc Middleton of WrestlingInc:
There is no official word yet on what Ricardo Rodriguez was suspended for but there's online rumors that he had been taking fat burners. Independent wrestler Leva Bates, who is a good friend of Ricardo's, made a post this morning about him being suspended for using fat burners. Her post was quickly deleted. Another Indy wrestler, JD Maverick, made a reference to fat burners in a Facebook post he made:
"So weird that some WWE Superstars get arrested for DUI's, pot, and other illegal activity AND don't get suspended…yet fat burners from GNC get you 30 days? GTFO."
Now, if this does indeed turn out to be true, the company may need to seriously reevaluate its policy, especially considering WWE management has seemingly turned a blind eye to Jack Swagger's recreational woes and continues to prominently feature him on TV week in and week out.
Let's face it. Rodriguez isn't in the ring much these days; however, when he is, you can guarantee his mental state won't be altered by fat burners, whereas someone like Swagger could easily injure his opponent if he decides to partake in his drug of choice prior to a match.
Personally, I am hopeful the company didn't suspend a star over a legal supplement.
Don't get me wrong, I don't want to see Rodriguez fall from grace. But I think we all would be more willing to accept a suspension based on an illegal drug rather than something that can be purchased at a local GNC.
In the end, we may never truly know the reason behind this suspension. However, if it is revealed, I am sure it will be based off of a banned ingredient that is in the fat burners. Either way, we can rest assured that the company had its reason for this move and was doing what it felt was the right thing to do.