The coronavirus has affected many aspects of this year’s WrestleMania, but one of the biggest is Roman Reigns. Reigns was scheduled to face Goldberg for the WWE Universal Championship at the event but pulled out for the sake of his health.
Considering his recent battle with Leukemia, Reigns was in a vulnerable position as his compromised immune system put him at risk. Now, Reigns has commented on the news of him pulling out of WrestleMania. Here is the full quote, courtesy of Fightful:
“You already know what’s going on. It’s all the news — the dirtsheets, whatever you want to call them — that I pulled out of WrestleMania. It’s funny because for years, people are like, ‘Don’t show up to WrestleMania, we don’t want you in it.’ There’s a nice handful of dudes and haters that didn’t want me there. But the moment I make a choice for me and my family, I’m a coward, I’m a sissy, a lot of different things. But you don’t know the whole story.
All you know is what you think. ‘Oh his health.’ But you don’t know what else is going on in my life. You don’t know if I have newborns or if I have family at my household, older family. Like the old saying goes, flip that cover open and read a few pages. Get into a few chapters before you really start running your mouth. Take this time to better yourself, be present, and make the most out of this. If we can’t grow out of this, I don’t think we have a chance,
For all my fans, I’m sorry I didn’t get to compete this year and put on a show and entertain. Sometimes, things are more important and I had to make a choice for me and my family. No matter what, you already know the deal. I made it to Orlando and I had to make a decision for me. It doesn’t take anything away from what I’ve done and what I’m going to do. I still love this game, I still love pro wrestling/sports entertainment. I still love being in the ring. It’s a little weird being in the ring with nobody watching, nobody in the arena. I’m ready to get back to work.”
Reigns’ decision is more than understandable and frankly, it is appalling WWE put him in a position where he could risk being infected, to begin with. We here at WrestleTalk hope Roman and his family are able to remain happy and healthy throughout this pandemic and beyond.
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