Roman Reigns in November 2021. Nov 21, 2021; Brooklyn, NY, USA; WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns (black attire) along with his special counsel Paul Heyman (suit) celebrate the win over WWE World Heavyweight Champion Big E (colored attire) during their singles match WWE Survivor Series at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

COVID-19 positives have caused plenty of cancellations and postponements, including of entire tournaments, and the latest notable one comes in World Wrestling Entertainment. Hours ahead of the WWE Day 1 pay-per-view event Saturday night, MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani reported that WWE universal champion Roman Reigns (seen above at a Nov. 21 WWE Survivor Series event) tested positive for COVID-19, removing him from the event and leading his scheduled opponent (Brock Lesnar) to instead join a five-way match:

WWE later confirmed this:

And Reigns tweeted about it as well:

That is unfortunate for Reigns. In addition to him missing out on a big event, there are other concerns for him, as he’s a cancer survivor who’s battled two separate bouts of leukemia. Beyond that, it’s also unfortunate for WWE to have to change the schedule of one of their big PPV events so late in the game. We’ll see how this shift goes for them.

[Ariel Helwani on Twitter; photo from Joe Camporeale/USA Today Sports]

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Andrew Bucholtz has been covering sports media for Awful Announcing since 2012. He is also a staff writer for The Comeback. His previous work includes time at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.