Rich Swann won’t be returning to WWE after being suspended by the company in December over a domestic violence matter.
WWE issued a statement today announcing that the company and Swann have “mutually agreed to part ways.”
The entire statement reads:
Rich Swann and WWE part ways
Rich Swann and WWE have mutually agreed to part ways as of today, February 15, 2018.
WWE wishes Swann the best in all of his future endeavors.
Swann already has an appearance lined up as he has been announced to appear at the Big Event 14 wrestling convention taking place on Saturday, March 10 at the LaGuardia Plaza Hotel 104-04 Ditmars Blvd. East Elmhurst, New York. Swann will be signing autographs and taking photos.
On Dec. 10, Swann was arrested in Gainesville, Florida on charges of domestic battery (touching or striking) and false imprisonment/kidnapping following an incident with his wife Vanarrah Riggs, who wrestles as Su Yung. Those charges were dismissed last month, with court records citing insufficient evidence to sustain a conviction as the reason for the dismissal.
The arrest report from the incident said that Swann had gotten into an argument with Riggs after she performed at an independent wrestling show. The report alleged that Riggs got out of their vehicle due to fearing that the argument was going to escalate, and Swann grabbed her by the arm and around her neck, dragged her back to the car, and pushed her in as she screamed for help. Swann denied physically touching Riggs.
WWE’s zero-tolerance domestic violence policy called for Swann to be immediately suspended after the arrest, and he would have been immediately terminated if there had been a conviction.