By Jason Powell, ProWrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)
Roman Reigns spoke publicly for the first time about pulling out of his WrestleMania 36 match and encouraged people to be better. “Take the time to think about how you want to be treated, how you would like a stranger to talk to you,” Reigns said. “For instance, for me, you already know what’s going on. 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 for years now, man, for years, people have been like, ‘Don’t show up to WrestleMania, we don’t want you in it.’ You know what I mean? There’s like 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… 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, like the old saying, man, go and flip that cover over and read a few pages, get into a few chapters before you go running your mouth and just take this time to better yourself.” Watch the full video below or follow Reigns at Instagram.com.
Powell’s POV: Reigns apologized to his fans for not being able to being able to work WrestleMania, but he said that he had to make a decision for himself and his family. Quite frankly, anyone who doesn’t understand and respect his decision needs to check their priorities. It’s no secret that Reigns has a compromised immune system following his battle with leukemia. And even if that wasn’t the case, it’s ignorant for any fan to criticize any wrestler for declining to wrestle during these uncertain times.
Roman good on you. But i am going to critisze the whole roster should have refused. i wont be watching it. i will be watching old roh,pwg and impact! njpw. companies that have made the right decisions to cancel.
I still think he was slated to job to Goldberg and didn’t want to. Or maybe he was booked to win but didn’t want to win the Universal Championship in a huge victory over Goldberg in an empty arena match. I respect his decision and wish him and his family the best but he seems to have waited until nearly the last minute before making it.