Roman Reigns shared a video message with fans on Instagram Monday afternoon in which he confirmed that it was his decision to remove himself from his upcoming match against Goldberg at WrestleMania 36. Reigns encouraged his fans to stay positive during the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic and told fans that when it came down to it this was the best choice for himself and his family.
WWE has yet to confirm the news and with WrestleMania happening this coming weekend, it’s entirely likely that the storyline shift will play out on this week’s upcoming episode of SmackDown (which was taped last week). Watch the video below.
Here’s what Reigns had to say on the matter:
It’s all over the news, the dirt sheets – whatever you want to call them, that I pulled out of WrestleMania. And it’s funny because like, for years now, man. Years. People are like ‘Don’t show up to WrestleMania. We don’t want you in it.’ You know what I mean? 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 that I am now. But you don’t know the whole story. All you know is what you think. ‘Oh, well his health and this and that,’ but you don’t know what else is going on in my life. You don’t know if I have newborns. You don’t know if I have family in my household, older family. So yeah, just the old saying man. Go ahead and flip that cover over and read a few pages, get into a few chapters before you really start running your mouth. Take this time to better yourself.
Because if we can’t grow in a time like this … I don’t think we have a chance, man. This is the most downtime I’ve ever seen in my life. So I just challenge everybody, and I’m taking the steps right there with you. I’m not perfect. I’m a hater too sometimes, you know what I mean? But I try to always put it in perspective of why I want something, or why I might be jealous of something, and then I put it in my grind.
For all my fans, I’m sorry I didn’t get to compete this year and put on a show and entertain … but 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, man. I made the town, you know what I mean? I made it to Orlando. And I had to make a decision for me. But 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 love being in the ring. It’s a little weird being in the ring with nobody watching, nobody in the arena, but, man … I’m ready to get back to work.
Let us know what you think of Reigns decision down in the comments or hit me up on Twitter, @heyitsjjtravers.
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