WWE have announced that Rich Swann has been “indefinitely suspended”.
Following his arrest for kidnapping/false imprisonment and battery, the company have released a short statement confirming the suspension, in line with their no-tolerance policy regarding matters involving domestic violence.
PWInsider have provided more information on the arrest, claiming that it followed an incident between Swann and his wife Vannarah Riggs following an independent wrestling show on which she was performing. After the event, an argument broke out after Swann began to criticise Vannarah’s display on the show. The arrest report states that Riggs left the vehicle they were travelling in as she was concerned that the argument would “escalate”, leading to Swann grabbing her by arm, around the neck and also putting her in a headlock, with Riggs screaming for assistance.. This was viewed by at least two witnesses, with one claiming that Vannarah “seemed very afraid” of Swann.
When giving her statement to police, Riggs said she was afraid of Swann as “he has a temper sometimes” while also confirming she was grabbed by the arm and brought back to the vehicle.
Swann is still in prison, though is due to go before a judge tomorrow after which he could post bail if applicable.
The suspension from WWE will remain indefinite until the matter is fully resolved, however it could also be viewed as a breach of WWE’s “morals clause”, with Section 9.13(a) of Swann’s booking contract stating “WWE’s ability to fine, suspend or terminate a WWE talent will not be, however, limited or compromised in any manner in the event incontrovertible evidence of such illegal misconduct is presented to WWE.”
Swann was booked to face Drew Gulak on Raw tomorrow night, which obviously will now not happen.