Not long ago, Roman Reigns took to Twitter to confirm reports that he has tested positive for COVID-19 and therefore won’t be able to work the Day 1 pay-per-view (PPV) set to take place here shortly in Atlanta, Georgia:
I yearn to perform tonight at #WWEDay1 to defend my Universal Championship. However, unfortunately, earlier today I tested positive for COVID-19. Due to the proper protocols I am unable to compete as originally scheduled. I look forward to returning to action as soon as possible.— Roman Reigns (@WWERomanReigns) January 1, 2022
That meant Brock Lesnar no longer had a dance partner for a show he’s already booked and flew out to work out. To account for that, WWE simply added him to the previously scheduled WWE championship match and turned it into a Fatal 5-Way:
BREAKING: @BrockLesnar to challenge for WWE Championship tonight in Fatal 5-Way Match at #WWEDay1 following @WWERomanReigns testing positive for COVID-19. https://t.co/wXmr4kzcz5 pic.twitter.com/WrRFmDSRjR— WWE (@WWE) January 1, 2022
This obviously doesn’t make much sense as far as storylines go, but when you have a wrestler like Lesnar, who is commanding the kind of money he does, you have to get the absolute most out of him you can for shows he’s booked on. To that end, storylines kind of go out the window.
And, hey, at least we’re kinda/sorta getting that long talked about Lesnar vs. Bobby Lashley match.
As for Reigns, he seems to be in good spirits and the obvious hope here is he doesn’t have any bad reaction to the virus, considering his medical history. Let’s all wish him a smooth recovery.