Roman Reigns spoke openly about his decision to stay home during the pandemic, saying he wants to protect his family and set an example for his community.
Speaking with TMZ Sports to promote the upcoming “Undertaker: The Last Ride” series premiering this weekend on WWE Network, Reigns was asked about pulling out of WrestleMania.
The WWE star explained that his decision was not solely based on his history with leukemia and that doctors say his immune system is good at the moment. He then explains that his wife just gave birth to twin boys who are eight weeks old, and that played a big role in why he chose to stay home.
“I love this business and if anybody ever questions if I love this business, go back about a year and a half ago. I came back as fast as possible, I could of spent a lot longer off to focus on my health but they told me ‘yeah man, you should be fine to get in the ring and do your thing if you want to get back to normal’ and I jumped as soon as they gave me the green light,” he said. “This is bigger than me, it’s my family, it’s my children, they are my legacy. No matter what I do in this world, my children are gonna be the ones to represent my name and carry our name forward. So I had to make that choice for them, to protect them being so young.”
As you’ll recall, Roman’s absence from television was not addressed. Instead, he was replaced in the WrestleMania Universal title match by Braun Strowman with zero explanation. Strowman went on to win the Universal Championship.
“I miss it, I wanna be out there, I wanna get back to work, I wanna get back to normal but I just feel like I have an obligation not only to my family and myself but to my community,” Roman additionally told TMZ Sports. “Also, to set the example. Because at the end of the day, we can do a lot of different things and say a lot of different things but it’s through our actions that really speak volumes. That’s what I’m trying to do.”
Reigns did not give an estimate of when he’d return to the ring when asked.
Watch the video below.