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Not even the squared circle can defeat COVID-19, as the pandemic has left a main event title match at WrestleMania 36 down a challenger with Roman Reigns backing out of his Universal Championship match against Goldberg.
For Reigns, the decision comes with the 34-year-old looking out for his own health first, as Reigns has a compromised immune system from his multiple battles with leukemia, including one from Oct. 2018 to Feb. 2019.
From Pro Wrestling Sheet:
Sources with knowledge of the situation tell us Reigns expressed to WWE that he didn’t feel comfortable doing anymore of the Performance Center shows during the coronavirus pandemic because he’s immunocompromised from his battle with leukemia and didn’t want to risk his health.
We’re told WWE honored his request and he will now be replaced by someone else in the match against Goldberg, though it’s unclear who at this time.
Reigns’ departure from the title match continues what’s been a complete nightmare of a Road to WrestleMania for the company, as WWE has already moved the Super Bowl of Wrestling from a sold out Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay and turned it into a crowd-less event at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando. That move, along with the increased restrictions on travel and growing concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic, also pushed it from a live event to a taped event that will air over two nights next month.
Rumor has it that the WWE was taping the event this week, too, meaning this may leave the company’s team of writers scrambling for a new challenger to likely take the belt off the 53-year-old Goldberg, who returned to the company as a part-timer to help bridge the belt back on Reigns.