Last Thursday, the news was broken that Roman Reigns had decided against working WrestleMania 36.
The former WWE Champion was slated to challenge Goldberg for the Universal Title at the biggest event of the year for the company. The reason for him not working the contest is due to his concerns about the coronavirus as he will battle leukemia for the rest of his life, which has weakened his immune system.
WWE has yet to publicly confirm that Reigns is out of the contest. Triple H did comment on the situation while doing a recent interview on ESPN’s SportsCenter. ESPN worded the match being nixed as “altered.”
“You know, there are various talents, and I don’t wanna get into the specifics of WrestleMania because that’s a must-see event. We don’t like to take precautions with our talent, any more so than we need to, and all of our talents are in this in a voluntary capacity.
If they don’t want to be a part of this, they feel there’s a risk, for whatever reasons, be it themselves or somebody around them, they don’t have to be here. Nothing is held against them for that, same with our crew and everybody else.
We don’t want to take chances on that. With Roman having a pre-existing condition, that would make him more susceptible to something, it’s understandable. We’ve had a few talent that had issues or chose not to be here but we are where we’re at.”