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Backstage news on why Roman Reigns and others were pulled from WWE house shows

The effects of COVID-19 caused a lot of changes this week to Monday Night Raw, NXT 2.0, and the house shows but several of the names missing this week were pulled simply because of precautions related to Saturday’s pay-per-view.

On Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer explained why Roman Reigns and others were off shows this week.

Meltzer said, “Basically what I was told on [Sunday night] was that there are people who are being held off this week’s touring that are the main eventers essentially on pay-per-view because they do not want Lesnar, Heyman, and Roman Reigns for example – they want them all at Day 1. It’s very important. Whatever storyline they’re doing, it’s the Mania storyline and they gotta be there if at all possible.”

“So Reigns was pulled from every house show to lessen his shot at getting sick and of course, Lesnar wasn’t going to be at the house shows and Heyman didn’t need to be on the house shows either. I don’t know if Big E tested or he was pulled…he’s also a main eventer. Rollins was tested positive. Lashley, we don’t know but he’s in the main event so it can go either way. Then Kevin Owens, I guess they just felt they needed to have one guy out there for TV and for the house shows…”

All of the matches scheduled for Day 1 are still advertised on so it’s expected that anyone who has tested positive or has come in contract with someone who tested positive should be fine by Saturday night.

WWE is following the updated CDC recommendations so there is a 5 day quarantine period for people that have are no longer showing symptoms and everyone has to wear a mask backstage or risk being fined.

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