WrestleMania has been left in tatters as Roman Reigns has pulled out of the show because of his history of leukaemia. The Big Dog was scheduled to face off against Goldberg for the Universal Championship.
Reigns is immunocompromised because of his history with the disease and therefore could be at risk should be contract coronavirus.
Reports claim Braun Strowman could step up and replace Reigns to take on Goldberg at the Show of Shows which has been taped at the WWE Performance Center.
There will likely be an angle aired on SmackDown tonight to explain the absence of Reigns from the WrestleMania match.
It is said to not be the only bout on the show that could change with several stars isolating because of fears over COVID-19.
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Rey Mysterio and Dana Brooke are both self-isolating and will not be on the show which has now finished taping in Orlando.
WWE will air the bizarre WrestleMania over two night on Saturday, April 4 and Sunday, April 5.
Pro Wrestling Sheet journalist Ryan Satin broke the news of Reigns being off the show where he was set to challenge Goldberg.
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He said: “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 leukaemia and didn’t want to risk his health.
“We’re told WWE honoured 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 announced on October 22, 2018 on an episode of RAW that his leukaemia had returned.
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Four months later the former Shield member returned and revealed he was in remission to the delight of WWE fans around the world.
But his history means Reigns is more susceptible to having problems if he catches coronavirus.
“Because cancer treatments weaken the body’s immune system, cancer patients are among those at risk of serious illness from COVID-19,” the Mayo Clinic wrote.
Other matches announced for WrestleMania include Brock Lesnar defending the WWE Championship against Drew McIntyre and Edge vs Randy Orton in a Last Man Standing match.
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