Roman Reigns out of Wrestlemania 36 as WWE ‘honour request’

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic means that no fans will be in attendance at WrestleMania 36, with WWE keen to push on with their broadcasts despite self-isolation recommendations from Donald Trump.

Roman Reigns has decided that he won’t be part of the showcase despite his prominence, with him behind further at risk of virus after being diagnosed with leukemia back in 2007.

Reigns, real name Leati Joseph Anoaʻi, announced back in 2018 that his is leukemia had returned after 11 years, before announcing it had gone into remission for a second time in February 2019.

Guidelines state that those who have had serious health issues in the past are at a higher risk, including those that have blood or bone marrow cancer, such as leukaemia.

Reigns was due to take on veteran Goldberg but he will now be replaced, and he tweeted about staying home with his family earlier this week.

He said: “Having to stay home is tough for kids. This is even more so for children with cancer, like leukemia survivor, King.

“@LLSUSA and I encourage you all to hang in there.”

He linked in The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, who have offered tips on how those effected can stay safe during this uncertain period.

The decision for WrestleMania to go ahead in an empty area got a mixed reaction from fans of the event, with WWE announcing the decision earlier this month.

A statement read: “In coordination with local partners and government officials, WrestleMania and all related events in Tampa Bay will not take place.

“However, WrestleMania will still stream live on Sunday, April 5 at 7 pm ET on WWE Network and be available on pay-per-view.

“Only essential personnel will be on the closed set at WWE’s training facility in Orlando, Florida to produce WrestleMania.”

Only essential personnel will be in attendance in what promises to be a landmark event at the training facility Performance Center in Orlando.

Former star CM Punk was quick to mock that decision made by Vince McMahon's company, making his judgment before Reigns decided not to take part.

He said He tweeted: "Well that’s one way to make sure Roman finally gets not booed and nobody chants for meeeeeeee."

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