WWE superstar and former Social Outcasts’ member Adam Rose has issued a statement on Twitter about his recent 60-day suspension for violating the company’s wellness policy for the second time.
The company announced last Saturday that Rose (real name Raymond Leppan) and Ascension member Konnor (real name Ryan Parmeter) were both suspended for violating the policy. Rose is the first of the two to publicly discuss the matter, issuing the following statement in defense of himself.
“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 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.
“My actual response and Doctors response will be coming soon. So before you judge, know the facts.
“My family and I are still collecting ourselves from this blow. I have zero anger or animosity against the WWE. But feel the administrators over the WWE Welnness policy were just simply not right in taking this action.
“But I feel facts are the facts and my family and I will will be the ones putting our lives back together after this mess.
“My response will be up soon along with my Doctors.”
Rose, 36, has been in the WWE system since 2010. His first major character was Leo Kruger, a South African fighter. Under that gimmick, Rose went on to enjoy a lot of success in WWE’s developmental program Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW). However, the gimmick eventually floundered and ended up replaced with a party organizer character under his current “Adam Rose” name.
“The biggest fear we had is we’d get Kruger chants while we were out there doing it and that would kill it,” Rose said to Sporting News last year about the gimmick change. “I think it was because it was so different and in this industry it is so hard to be different, it is so hard to do something that people haven’t seen before that when people saw the entrance and everything like that.”
After spending time in NXT under that character, Rose eventually made his WWE main roster debut shortly after Wrestlemania XXX. However, the popularity of Rose’s new character did not resonate with the WWE Universe and he eventually found himself relegated to competing on the company’s smaller scale programs.
Adam Rose must be the first guy suspended after getting significantly smaller. pic.twitter.com/0QRsjo7mGl
— El Profesor (@ElProfesorLucha) April 16, 2016
The WWE was featured on an ESPN E:60 documentary WWE Behind the Curtain. He gained a lot of sympathy from the WWE Universe due to the fact that Rose is a full-time wrestler with an ill son that was born with a birth defect. However, he was not given any major push from the company to coincide with the fans’ sympathy.
Until the suspension, Rose was a member of the Social Outcast stable alongside Bo Dallas, Curtis Axel, and Heath Slater. It appears that Rose may be done with the group as the other half The Ascension, Viktor, joined the stable at a recent live event.
Wait, Viktor is in the Social Outcasts?! Poor guy… pic.twitter.com/FOcmUMZHUm
— Adam Blampied (@AdamTheBlampied) April 20, 2016
The WWE is yet to respond to Rose’s statement.
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