WWE has a lot of plans in the pipeline, but that doesn’t mean they all play out on television. Any number of things can get in the way of WWE executing their stories as intended, and this story is about a wellness policy suspension throwing up a huge roadblock for WWE to carry on with their plans.

Hornswoggle was first introduced to the WWE Universe as “Little Bastard,” and that gimmick transitioned itself into the Swoggle character we know today. There was a plan for a big twist for Little Bastard’s storyline, one where he wouldn’t be a bastard again, because Vince McMahon was supposed to be his father.

While speaking to Wrestling News, Swoggle explained how that WWE angle was nixed. It all circled around his suspension after popping dirty on a wellness policy exam.

That random wellness policy exam came at a terrible time for Swoggle. He explained the entire experience in candid detail, which leads us to believe his version of events. No matter what, it still nixed a moment in WWE history that we would have never been able to forget.


“The only reason that I didn’t end up becoming the son was I got suspended literally like five days before they were going to do the reveal in Green Bay, because the reveal ended up happening in Green Bay.

“I got suspended. I was part of that Signature Pharmacy (story). There was like, nine or ten of us that got busted for getting performance-enhancing supplements off an internet website, which kind of wasn’t how that all went down.

“I remember that particular instance. I came home. They had already told me a few months before, Stephanie had come up to me and said, ‘Hey, we’re gonna do this thing. I want Vince to tell you. Vince thinks this is going to be good. He’s excited about it. I went in and he pitched me the whole idea. ‘We’re gonna have this big investigation and you’re gonna be my son.’

I flew home on a Wednesday. I got a call from Johnny’s secretary in the office. ‘Hey you need to come to the airport to come to Stamford. Vince wants to talk to you.’

I go back to the airport and fly back to Stanford. A car picks me up and I go to Titan Towers. There’s eight other guys in the office.
He said, ‘We instituted this Wellness Policy. On such and such a date, it says here that you received some growth hormone.’ I was like, ‘It says in our policy that you’re not allowed to order this stuff off the internet. I didn’t order it off the internet. I saw a doctor.’

“Well, the doctor ended up ordering it off the internet, so they suspended me for 30 days and fined me $10,000.”

WWE doesn’t suspend Superstars very often for popping dirty on wellness policy exams. Matt Riddle was the most recent, but there was long time span before that when WWE didn’t suspend anyone for that reason. Marijuana is also something that WWE reportedly doesn’t even fine Superstars for having in their systems anymore.

We’ll never know how WWE would be different today if Swoggle was, in fact, revealed as Vince McMahon’s son. We can only imagine that Vince McMahon’s happy birthday tweets at Swoggle would have been compared to the one he sent out to Shane McMahon on yearly basis.

What’s your take on this nixed WWE storyline? Are you bummed that it never went down? Sound off in the comments!

Felix Upton

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