Rich Swann was cleared today of all charges stemming from an alleged domestic violence incident that took place last month, according to both Pro Wrestling Sheet and PWInsider.
According to court documents obtained by both websites, prosecutors determined there was insufficient evidence to move forward with the case and requested that all charges be dismissed.
Swann was arrested on Dec. 10, 2017, in Gainesville, Florida, where he was charged with battery and the kidnapping or false imprisonment of his wife, Vannarah Riggs, better known under her ring name, Su Yung. He was then suspended indefinitely by WWE due to the company’s zero-tolerance policy for matters involving domestic violence.
Per the arrest report, Swann was critiquing Yung’s performance from her show that night while the couple was in the car together. Riggs became scared that the argument was going to escalate, and she got out of her husband’s car. A witness then says Swann chased Riggs, put her in a headlock and shoved her back in the vehicle. The witness further told police that Riggs was beating on the window from the inside, screaming for help. Swann denies physically touching Riggs.
At the Television Critics Association Winter Tour event in California earlier this month, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon said that Swann would be immediately terminated from WWE if he was found guilty.
“We are just waiting on the legal,” Triple H said. “We have a zero-tolerance policy on that, as you’ve well seen. So he’s suspended until it is determined legally one way or the other.”
“And if he’s convicted, he will be released,” Stephanie added.
“Immediately,” her husband Triple H chimed back in.
The charges being dismissed should lead to Swann’s reinstatement as a performer for WWE. Both Pro Wrestling Sheet and PWInsider have reached out to WWE for clarification.