WrestleMania 36 is in for a change as Roman Reigns will not perform to mitigate his risk of exposure to COVID-19, but who should replace him?
Breaking news hit this evening as Ryan Satin of Pro Wrestling Sheet is reporting Roman Reigns is out of WrestleMania 36.
It now looks like one of the potential main events for either night of WrestleMania 36 will look entirely different. Who could be in line to replace Roman Reigns against Goldberg with the Universal Championship on the line?
1. Absolutely no one
Let’s be clear here, WrestleMania 36 probably shouldn’t be happening. Despite the reported precautions WWE is taking, including preventing anyone who has been out of the country or in contact with someone who has been out of the country from entering the facility where the event will be taped, the risk is still high enough that they shouldn’t move forward.
Postponing WrestleMania 36 would obviously cause issues with WWE’s creative plans and current programming, but we’re in the midst of a global pandemic that is affecting every single industry and aspect of this planet. On top of that, isolating people from other countries seems a relatively useless precaution considering the United States now has more confirmed cases than any other nation, including China.
The safe call for WWE, their talent, their crew, and everyone involved would be to indefinitely postpone WrestleMania 36 and all shows until the situation is safer and more under control. Roman Reigns made a tough call, but ultimately the right one, by choosing not to compete. Hopefully, he’ll be back in the mix once things are safe for him to return.
The reality is that there’s no way Vince McMahon or WWE would actually cancel the show unless their hand was forced. As a result, we can probably count on WrestleMania 36 continuing to go on, and someone will surely replace Roman Reigns against Goldberg with the Universal Championship on the line, and ideally, the replacement will defeat Goldberg.