WWE News: Latest on Tough Enough Winner Andy Leavine and Reported Suspension
WWE News: Was Andy Leavine Actually Suspended?
Andy Leavine won this past season of Tough Enough, and right out of the gate, got a decent push onWWE television.
He didn’t wrestle any matches on Raw or Smackdown, but he appeared in backstage segments and was promoted through those great little video packages we always see from the WWE’s production staff. Then, out of nowhere, Leavine stopped appearing on WWE programming.
We’d later hear rumors that Leavine was suspended for violating the company’s Wellness policy, but we never really received any confirmation. So, what exactly is going on with the winner of the Tough Enough reboot?
Here’s the latest on Leavine’s reported suspension, from the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (viasescoops.com):
It was reported two weeks ago that Tough Enough winner Andy Leavine, who is currently training in Florida Championship Wrestling, was suspended for 30 days due to a violation of WWE’s Talent Wellness Program. WWE, however, never publicly announced the suspension. The latest issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter speculates that that it could be due to Leavine being considered a developmental wrestler and not a main roster talent.
To sum up, we don’t know exactly what’s going on. The widespread belief is that Leavine was indeed suspended, but given that no suspension has been announced, we can’t be 100 percent certain that he actually was.
As for me? Well, I’m convinced that Leavine did indeed fail a Wellness test, but it was never announced because the WWE brass didn’t want us to know about it.
Leavine was portrayed as the ultimately family man and overall “good guy” on Tough Enough, and a suspension—whether for recreational drugs or performance enhancers—would taint his reputation.
Vince McMahon doesn’t want that to happen.
He has an undeniable way of sweeping certain things under the rug, and that’s probably what he did with Leavine in this case. You could say that Leavine is considered a “developmental talent,” but he’s been in the public eye enough that we should know if he fails a Wellness test.
Yet, Vinny Mac’s likely done his best to keep that under wraps. Ah, the power of running your own company
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