Roman Reigns Discusses His COVID-19 After Effects

Roman Reigns

WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns has opened up on his experience with COVID-19, saying that he’s still feeling some of the after-effects weeks after testing negative.

One of the biggest matches announced for WWE’s Day 1 event on New Year’s Day was to see Brock Lesnar challenging Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship. However, the match had to be cancelled after Roman Reigns announced he had tested positive for COVID-19 days before the event.

Instead, Lesnar was added to the WWE Championship match in the main event of Day 1, making it a fatal five-way where ‘The Beast Incarnate’ would face Seth Rollins, Bobby Lashley, Kevin Owens, and champion Big E. In the end, Brock Lesnar emerged victorious, pinning Big E to become WWE Champion once again.

It has since been reported that the original plan would have seen Lesnar defeat Roman Reigns in their match. Instead, Reigns has gone on to become the longest-reigning champion of the modern era after passing Lesnar’s 503 days as Universal Champion.

Roman Reigns returned to WWE TV on the SmackDown following Day 1 after a negative COVID test. Speaking on the SI Media podcast with Jimmy Traina, Reigns discussed his experience with COVID-19, saying that, while it wasn’t bad compared to other cases he’s seen, it still took a toll and he has some after-effects.

“For me, in comparison to some of the worst scenarios that are out there and we’ve seen through this process in the pandemic, it wasn’t bad. For me, it was mainly a pretty good sinus infection, the bronchitis cough, a lot chest tightness. I still feel that, actually.

“When I’m doing my conditioning, because we don’t wrestle quite as much as we’re doing a lot of six-man (tag matches), I don’t have singles matches as much as I used to, so I have to really push the conditioning on my own. I’ve noticed that in the past couple of weeks, when I really blow myself up on the bike or running, I can feel that tightness and a little bit of wheezing.”

The Universal Champion also explained that COVID-19 is definitely something serious and, despite being vaccinated and boosted, he still felt the effects.

“It’s definitely something serious. Someone who has been vaccinated and boosted, it still got to me and I still felt the effects. They weren’t as severe as they can be for some, it did hang around and linger for a while. Obviously, I missed Day 1, I tested positive a week before that and it took me to where we were chasing that negative test and finally a few days before SmackDown the following week, I got the negative test.”

At the Royal Rumble on January 29th, Roman Reigns kept hold of the Universal Championship when his match against Seth Rollins ended by DQ as ‘The Tribal Chief’ refused to let go of a Guillotine even after Rollins had grabbed the ropes.

The event also saw Brock Lesnar enter and win the men’s Royal Rumble match, setting him on a collision course with Reigns at WrestleMania 38.

H/T to Fightful for the above transcription.