Ringside News is reporting that Roman Reigns is not at the WWE television tapings and will not be joining the rest of the crew as they shoot as many episodes of SmackDown as they can over the next few days. They are reporting that “all talent just got notified.”
It wasn’t expected that Reigns would be joining the rest of the roster anytime soon. While he’s dealing with his battle with leukemia, he’s the exact case scenario of a person who shouldn’t be traveling and should be self-isolating the ensure he doesn’t come in contact with the COVID-19 virus since his body may have a harder time fighting it off. Him staying away only makes sense.
This doesn’t mean WWE won’t have him shoot things from his home or show old footage. He just won’t be filming anything with the crew.
There is said to be no hard feelings towards Reigns and that Vince has been very understanding and supportive of his decision to stay away. It also suggests that Vince is going to try and push Braun Strowman as much as possible for the near future.