WWE Day 1 will be held without Roman Reigns, and therefore there will be no much-anticipated Universal Champion match against Brock Lesnar. But this is not the main concern of the wrestling world a few hours after the dispute of the first pay-per-view event of the year.
The Tribal Chief's defection has a medical reason, given that Roman Reigns is positive for COVID-19. The news was given by WWE itself through its website and its official social channels, including Twitter. And right here Roman Reigns himself commented on his absence from the Atlanta, Georgia event.
"I was looking forward to performing tonight at # WWEDay1, to defend my title of Universal Champion. However, unfortunately, just today I tested positive for COVID-19. Due to the protocols in the case, I am not able to compete as originally planned.
I hope to get back into action as soon as possible, "is the content of Roman Reigns' Twitter message.
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WWE, however, immediately decided to run for cover. Lacking the possibility of giving away the title of Universal Champion, being the holder stopped for medical reasons, a new position has been found for his challenger.
Brock Lesnar, in fact, will still fight for an absolute title, but for that of Raw instead of that of SmackDown. The Beast Incarnate, the only Free Agent currently under contract with WWE, has in fact been included in the already large group of athletes who will attempt the assault on the WWE Champion belt held by Big E.
The winner of the Money in the Bank Ladder Match of 2021 in fact, will no longer be involved in a four-way match, but in a Fatal 5-Way that sees among the participants the already foreseen Bobby Lashley, Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens and now Brock Lesnar.
Recall that this is not the first case in which Roman Reigns is forced to give up a match in PPV for medical reasons. Net of his stop between 2018 and 2019 (when he had to leave the title of Universal Champion vacant to fight leukemia), in an equally daring way he had to give up WWE TLC 2017 because he was hit by mumps (initially there was even talk of meningitis).
In 2020, however, he decided not to take part in WrestleMania 36 out of caution, just to avoid a possible contagion from Coronavirus. In his place, it was Braun Strowman who took on Goldberg, graduating for the first and currently only time in his career as a Universal Champion.