WWE Universal Champion Goldberg is reportedly without an opponent for WrestleMania, after his scheduled opponent, Roman Reigns, refused to work WrestleMania amidst health concerns. Reigns, who contracted leukemia two years ago, chose to stay at home than attend WWE tapings this week.
It is unlikely that WWE will go forward without a Universal Championship Match for WrestleMania, and if rumors are to believed, Braun Strowman could get his big WrestleMania moment against The Myth. Strowman lost his Intercontinental Championship to Sami Zayn a few weeks ago at Elimination Chamber.
Matt Riddle, who’s had his ‘issues’ with Goldberg in the past, wants to step into the role, and take on the Universal Champion himself. Riddle has repeatedly mocked Goldberg, and even borrowed Goldberg’s maneuvers into his arsenal.
WWE is expected to confirm the change in the Universal Championship match soon. It is highly unlikely that Riddle, who is currently one-half of NXT Tag Team Champions, gets a shot at Goldberg, but if it does happen, it would be one of the most bizarre moments in the company.
WWE had a final set of tapings this week, which would apparently run until after WrestleMania. The company taped WrestleMania on Wednesday and Thursday this week, and have already taped RAW, NXT and SmackDown shows for the coming weeks.
According to PWInsider and Wrestling Observer Newsletter, WWE Chairman Vince McMahon, 74, attended all the tapings despite the health concerns due to the COVID-19 outbreak. According to reports, elderly individuals are more prone to this disease, which makes this a surprising piece of news.
Jerry Lawler, 70, stayed home for RAW tapings this week amidst health concerns. Lawler suffered a cardiac arrest several years ago during a live episode of Monday Night RAW.
With the number of cases rising exponentially in the United States, it will become nearly impossible for WWE to continue its programming on a weekly basis.