WWE Intercontinental champion Rey Mysterio has been suspended 30 days for violating the company's Wellness Program, wwe.com reported.
Mysterio's suspension takes effect on Wednesday, WWE said. That gives the company time to get the belt off him. The most likely scenario is that he drops the title to Dolph Ziggler Tuesday at the Smackdown tapings. Mysterio originally was to defend the title against Ziggler at next month's Breaking Point pay-per-view.
According to a recent report in The Wrestling Observer, Mysterio had been promised a long run as Intercontinental champion after he voiced his unhappiness about his status in the company.
Following the death of Chris Benoit in 2007, Mysterio's name was linked to the federal investigation of Benoit's physician, Dr. Phil Astin III. Astin was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for his conviction on illegally dispensing prescription drugs to 17 patients from 2002 until his arrest in 2007. One of the patients was Oscar Gutierrez, the real name of Mysterio. When questioned about his involvement with Astin in an interview, Mysterio said he was prescribed pain medication from Astin due to six knee operations. He denied ever using steroids.
However, Mysterio also was named in a 2007 story on Sports Illustrated's Web site about a steroid sting in Arizona. Mysterio allegedly received prescriptions for the steroids Nandrolone and Stanozolol.
I'm not in any way trying to make light of the situation, but given the nature of world heavyweight champion CM Punk's promos since his heel turn, I wonder if Mysterio's suspension for a drug policy violation will lead to a Punk-Mysterio program when he returns.