Roman Reigns took to Instagram Monday with a message for fans, Internet sites and everyone else who was wondering if the rumors of him being off WrestleMania were true and if so, why he decided to pull himself from the show.
These were Reigns’ first public comments about the rumors and they came shortly after Triple H and Becky Lynch both essentially confirmed the rumors on during their respective interviews with ESPN.
Reigns, while out getting some exercise shot a video talking to fans and took aim at some of the reports that were out there. The following are transcriptions from that video:
“You already know what’s going on,” Reigns said. “It’s all over the news, the dirtsheets, whatever you want to call them, that I pulled out of WrestleMania. And it’s funny because for years now, for years, people have been like, ‘Don’t show up to WrestleMania, we don’t want you in it.’ You know what I mean? There’s a handful of dudes and haters that didn’t want me there, but the moment I make a choice for me and my family I’m a coward, I’m a sissy, a lot of different things that I am now.
After essentially saying these people are finally getting what they want but being hypocrites about him not being there, he went on to talk about why he pulled out of the show and that people just don’t have all the information. He explained:
“But you don’t know the whole story. All you know is what you think. ‘Oh well, his health and this and that.’ But you don’t know what else is going on in my life. You don’t know if I have newborns, you don’t know if I have family in my household, older family. So, yeah, like the old saying… goo and flip that cover open and read a few pages. Get into a few chapters before you really start running your mouth and just take this time to better yourself, be present, and make the most out of this because if we can’t grow in a time like this, I don’t think we have a chance, man.
He then noted that he needed to look at the bigger picture and not just think about the pay-per-view that was coming up this weekend.
This is the most downtime I’ve ever seen in my life. So, I just challenge everybody and I’m taking the steps right here with you. I’m not perfect, I’m a hater too sometimes. You know what I mean? But I try to always put it in perspective of why I want something or why I might be jealous of something, and then I put it in my grind, I put it to work, I figure out how I can get whatever I need or want, and I put it to work, and I don’t focus on others hating on me, and I don’t put focus on driving negativity to anybody else.”
As he went on, Reigns gave his thoughts on what the world needs more of today. That this crisis is an opportunity to better ourselves as people and a society.
“If we can, let’s not just do it in the real world, let’s do it on here. It’s easy man, all it takes is starting right now. Just be kind to others, let’s try to better each other and hopefully we’re gonna come out with so many better habits, but it can’t just be about cleanliness, we gotta be clean inside, too. So, let’s clean up on the outside, let’s clean up our hygiene habits, but let’s also clean up the inside and make each other better, man. We all got to be accountable towards each other. There are people across the world that have no… and what I do affects them. So, take some pride in that, love each other, respect each other, and hopefully we’re gonna come out way better.”
Finally, Reigns apologized to all of his fans that he might have disappointed because he won’t be at WrestleMania or fighting Goldberg. He said he’s not done wrestling, but didn’t give an indication as to when he’d be back.
“For all my fans, you know I’m sorry I didn’t get to compete this year and put on a show and entertain. But sometimes things are more important and I had to make a choice for me and my family, but no matter what, you already know the deal. Man, I sure made that town. I made it to Orlando. I had to make a decision for me, but it doesn’t take anything away from what I’ve done and what I’m going to do. I still love this game, I still love pro wrestling, sports entertainment. I still love being in the ring. It’s a little weird being in the ring with nobody watching, nobody in the arena [laughing] but man, I’m ready to get back to work and I’m just taking these times, this little bit of time we have, to build up the outside and come as close as possible to perfecting the inside. So, everybody I love y’all, thank you for the support. Hopefully we can just continue to get better, man. Until then, stay safe and don’t touch your face… yessir!”source – Thanks to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.