The 30-day suspension levied against Roman Reigns for his first violation of the WWE Wellness Policy ends just in time for this weekend’s live events, as well as this Sunday’s Battleground Pay Per View, where he’ll be facing Seth Rollins and WWE Champion Dean Ambrose in a Triple Threat match in the main event of the show. This week, according to unnamed sources, the reason for Reigns’ drug test failure were allegedly revealed to be the drug Adderall, a prescription drug best known for its use in the treatment of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). Coincidentally, it is also the drug that recently released WWE Superstar Adam Rose received a suspension for, although in Rose’s case, he claimed to have a prescription for the pills.
It’s important to note that if Reigns had a prescription for the medication, he would not have been suspended, as there are obviously legitimate reasons to use Adderall. However, the drug is also an amphetamine, and is commonly used as a recreational drug due to the sensations it can create when taken without a prescription, which is why it’s on the list of banned substances in WWE (among other places). Even so, the reason why Reigns was using Adderall, with or without a prescription, could have a very simple explanation: the drug encourages alertness, something that would obviously be useful given WWE’s hectic schedule.
With that said, in recent years in the NFL, there has been the belief that many NFL players, upon receiving suspensions for drug test failures, would openly claim that it was due to taking Adderall or other similar prescriptions, in order to cover up the real cause for their suspension, which are usually actual performance-enhancing drugs. Since the NFL does not publicly release the reason behind any drug test failure (and neither does WWE), a recreational drug like Adderall is seen as possessing less of a stigma than PEDs, so the benefits to admitting to a test failure while simultaneously lying about the source are obvious. We aren’t saying that this is true in the specific case of Roman Reigns, but until and unless WWE actually comes out and reveals the true results of his drug test (which they won’t, for several good reasons), it still bears mentioning.
In any case, Reigns will be back in action this weekend, both at live events and Battleground, and it will be interesting to see how this affects his career going forward.