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Roman Reigns Discusses His COVID-19 After Effects

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Universal Champion Roman Reigns discussed his experience with COVID-19 and says he’s still feeling some of the after-effects weeks after testing negative.

One of the most anticipated matches scheduled for WWE’s Day 1 pay per view on New Year’s Day was Brock Lesnar taking on Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship. However, their match had to be pulled from the show when Roman Reigns tested positive for COVID-19 days before the event.

However, Lesnar was instead inserted into the WWE Championship match in the main event of Day 1, making it a fatal five way bout against Seth Rollins, Bobby Lashley, Kevin Owens, and champion Big E. Brock Lesnar emerged victorious, pinning Big E to become WWE Champion once again.

Reports have since emerged that Brock Lesnar was planned to defeat Roman Reigns in their match, but Reigns has instead gone on to become the longest-reigning champion of the modern era after defeating Lesnar’s previous record of 503 days as Universal Champion.

Roman Reigns was able to return to WWE television 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 it wasn’t bad compared to other cases he’s seen during the pandemic but that it definitely took a toll and he still feels 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 went on to say that COVID-19 is definitely something serious, and that despite being vaccinated and boosted, he still felt effects. He also revealed the timeline of when he tested positive and how long it took for a test to produce a negative result.

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.”

Roman Reigns is currently scheduled to face Seth Rollins for the Universal Championship at the upcoming Royal Rumble on January 29th, and the build to their confrontation has included references to the Shield and AEW star Jon Moxley.

For a complete list of Royal Rumble participants, click here.

h/t Fightful