Roman Reigns lifts lid on WWE return after missing WrestleMania due to coronavirus crisis
Roman Reigns appears close to a WWE return as he stated he is “ready to smash people” after pulling out of WrestleMania 36 due to the coronavirus outbreak. Reigns was scheduled to challenge Universal Champion Goldberg at WrestleMania in April but decided not to compete because his wife was expecting twins and he didn’t want to risk exposing his family to COVID-19.
The Big Dog hasn’t been seen since March but he has been training rigorously during his hiatus and appears keen to return to the ring soon.
The four-time world champion understands that he will have to compete without any fans in attendance but he is still determined to climb back up to the top of the mountain and challenge for the Universal Championship, which is currently occupied by Braun Strowman.
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Reigns told The Hindu MetroPlus: “I’m ready to smash people if you know what I mean. I’ve been training my butt off during this pandemic.
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“As far as performing in front of an empty arena is concerned, it is tough and I really commend all the guys and girls who are doing it.
“Everything that I have ever learned was in order to get a reaction and to interact with our fans… so that is the hardest part.
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“But when it comes down to it, I am gonna get in there and compete at the highest level… hopefully for a title. More specifically, the Universal Championship.
“If not, I will be there to prove that I’m not just the top of the mountain, but I am the mountain. I am [WWE’s] biggest star, regardless of if I am on the show or not… so I have everything to prove and everything to lose as well.”
Reigns is seen by many as WWE’s next top star in WWE as professional wrestling legend John Cena is now building an acting career in Hollywood.
The ex-WWE Champion’s ascension to the top in 2015, though, wasn’t easy as a large chunk of fans didn’t accept him as the new face of the company.
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But the WWE Universe rallied behind the former Universal Champion in 2018 when he announced that he was diagnosed with leukaemia.
The 35-year-old defeated the terrible disease for the second time just four months later and won over the crowd with his inspiring comeback.
There is yet no set return date for Reigns amid ongoing reports suggesting that a number of WWE employees, including talent, have tested positive for COVID-19.
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