Roman Reigns has tested positive for COVID-19, and did not compete at the WWE Day 1 pay-per-view as a result of this. The news was confirmed by Reigns himself in a social media post:
Roman Reigns was due to defend the Universal Championship against Brock Lesnar at Day 1. Shortly after Reigns made the announcement regarding the positive test, WWE issued a press release. The article stated that while The Universal Champion would be unable to compete, Brock Lesnar would still have a match on the show. Lesnar was added into the WWE Championship match featuring fellow challengers Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens and Bobby Lashley all challenging for the title, which was held by Big E before the match took place.
Despite not being able to compete at Day 1, Roman Reigns has not relinquished the Universal Championship. At the time of writing, The Tribal Chief’s reign with the title currently stands at 489 days. While Reigns and Lesnar were in the middle of a rivalry, it is unknown whether this rivalry is set to continue. This is becasue at Day 1, Brock Lesnar pinned Big E to become the new WWE Champion. It should also be noted that the WWE Championship is predominantly featured on Raw, while the Universal Championship is predominantly featured on SmackDown.
Features of Wrestling would like to wish Roman Reigns a full and speedy recovery at this time. At Day 1, Roman Reigns’ cousins The Usos retained the SmackDown Tag Team Championships. The victory was dedicated to Reigns in a post match interview:
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