Yikes! The WWE announced its decision to suspend its star player, Eva Marie on Aug. 17, after she violated the company’s wellness policies. Is she out for good? And what’s her hubby got to say?
Uh-oh! Eva Marie, 31, has been suspended for 30 days for violating the WWE’s strict policies. Eva, whose real name is Natalie Coyle, was scheduled to compete in a six-woman tag team match at SummerSlam on Aug. 21, but the organization has officially cut her, although her alternate has not been announced yet.
The WWE has not revealed the degree to which rule she broke under the long list of wellness violations. But to get a feel of what she could have done, the policy’s list includes the abuse of prescription medications, performance-enhancing drugs, and illegal recreational drugs, according to the professional wrestling company. The WWE Talent Wellness Program mandates that all players submit to regular drugs tests and cardiovascular stress tests, which are installed to pinpoint any substance abuse or risk of heart disease.
Eva’s husband Jonathan Coyle is not at all happy with the decision, claiming it was “unjust.”
When the public finds out why my wife was unjustly suspended they will be absolutely outraged! Official statement and facts coming soon.
— Jonathan Coyle (@Jonathan_Coyle) August 18, 2016
He also posted the following support on Instagram:
It is my honor to go through every storm life may throw at us with this woman. I'm proud to be your husband. #Repost @natalieevamarie ・・・ The strongest couples are those who go through everything together that are meant to tear them apart, but still come out on top. When other people see you happy, they are going to want you to fail, just ignore them, put a smile on your face, and keep it moving. – Killin another workout at @elev8_performance with my beast @jonathan_coyle, remember a couple who can't motivate and inspire each other has an expiration date. You have to want more for each other, and you gotta give your relationship 100% effort, otherwise what's the point? Have a great day everyone 😘💋❤️ – Natalie – SnapChat: 👻AllRedEva – 📸: @joshpeterman10
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And she isn’t the first to break the rules. Eva is the sixth WWE star to be suspended for violating the wellness policy in 2016 alone! Eva’s suspension follows behind fellow diva, Paige, 24, who was suspended on Aug. 17, and WWE, male wrestler, Alberto Del Rio, 39, who was suspended only one day before.
Unfortunately, this is a common trend in sports. And the issue of failing wellness programs extends way beyond the pro-wrestling world. Many other athletes, including recently retired baseball player, Alex Rodriguez, who was suspended in 2014, have been busted for illegal drug use.
Eva, who was a big player on the six-woman, SummerSlam team and an active face on E!’s reality show, Total Divas, will definitely be missed as the rest of her team move forward without her. But the bright side is she won’t be nixed from the competition forever. She will be eligible to return to the WWE on Sept. 17. Let’s just hope that come the fall, Eva will have learned her lesson and aced those wellness tests with flying colors!
HollywoodLifers, what do you think of Eva Marie being suspended from the WWE?