A new report has claimed that a recent WWE departure was due to a failed drug test.
On June 12th it was reported that Troy “Two Dimes” Donovan has been released by WWE. Although numerous stars have left the company in recent months, Donovan’s exit was a little bit different.
Rather than simply being down to budget cuts, as is usually the case, it was reported that the NXT 2.0 star was let go due to a “policy issue.”
At the time there was no word on what that issue was, or why it led to Donovan leaving the company.
However, it has now been reported that the policy issue was a failed drugs test. Writing in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer revealed that Donovan was told he’d be able to apply to return in a year’s time.
“Troy “2 Dimes” Donovan, who had wrestled independently as Cole Karter including with AEW, was fired for a failed drug test. He had worked the first night of the NXT tour in Tampa on 6/10 and was told the next day, before the Largo show. John Laurinaitis told him that if everything is clear he should apply for a job to return in about a year.”
Due to a scheduling quirk, Donovan appeared on the most recent episode of NXT 2.0 which was broadcast on June 15th. The show had actually been taped a week earlier on June 8th.
On the latest episode of NXT, Tony D’Angelo promoted both Channing ‘Stacks’ Lorenzo and Troy ‘Two Dimes’ Donovan from “associates” to “soldiers of the D’Angelo Family” in response to them helping the Family defeat Legado del Fantasma.
The Legado members, who were forced to join the D’Angelo Family in the wake of NXT: In Your House, were instructed to help Stacks and Two Dimes in their match later in the night against Carmelo Hayes and Trick Williams.
However, when Cruz del Toro tried to interfere and hit a cross body on Trick Williams, his intended target moved out of the way and Stacks got hit with the move instead, allowing Hayes and Williams to pick up the victory.
After the match, a frustrated Tony D’Angelo chastised the Legado del Fantasma members for failing to secure a victory for the Family