WWE superstars Adam Rose and Konnor were suspended 60 days apiece Saturday for violating the company's talent wellness program.
According to WWE.com, this marks the second violation for each competitor.
On Wednesday, Rose released a statement on the suspension:
I was not going to respond to my suspension but I feel I have to. I have two sons that will one day read that news about there [sic] daddy and a sister that died from complications related to a life long battle with heroin.
So I feel the absolute need and right to respond and let the truth be known.
I am pretty sure this response will meet nowhere near the publicity that my suspension did and that this response is tantamount to career suicide. But I feel for my sons my sister and rest of my family...you the WWE universe have the right to the know the truth over my suspension and what it was for.
I will also quote my Dr in my response as he was as shocked and appalled by this suspension.
I can say right now I did not do anything knowingly wrong and was taking prescribed medication that my Dr and I followed all the correct protocol on.
The 36-year-old Rose has been part of the WWE system since 2010. He initially worked under the moniker Leo Kruger before developing his new character in 2014. The South Africa native is currently a member of the Social Outcasts stable along with Heath Slater, Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel.
Konnor is also 36 years of age, and he initially signed a developmental deal with WWE in 2005. Formerly known as Ryan O'Reilly and Conor O'Brian, Konnor and Viktor formed the latest version of The Ascension in NXT in 2013.
They went on to become the longest-reigning tag team champions in NXT history and are currently part of WWE's main roster.
While neither Superstar is considered a key part of WWE programming, getting suspended could be a major blow to their careers as well as those whom they team with on a regular basis.
The Social Outcasts are now down to three members, while The Ascension will be put on hold for two months with Viktor being forced to work as a solo act.
That lack of depth makes the loss of two main roster members even more significant, although it shouldn't change the programming significantly.
The suspensions will be felt more so on the live event circuit, but WWE has a ton of eager talent it can draw from in NXT, so it shouldn't have much issue overcoming the obstacles presented by the absences of Rose and Konnor.
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