By any reasonable measure, WWE's handling of the coronavirus pandemic has been an absolute failure. By refusing to test its performers and crew even while having them gather in large groups with no face masks, the company has recklessly put everyone who works for them at risk. Now, at least four and maybe dozens of people are sick. But WWE star Roman Reigns, who dropped out of a WrestleMania match for the WWE Universal Championship and hasn't been back since, doesn't see it that way. The Big Dog said in an interview with Indian newspaper The Hindu that he has the utmost faith in WWE's handling of the pandemic. His co-workers, on the other hand, not so much.
"The decision was taken mainly because each performer travels so much, and we are all such a diverse group and from all over the place. I'm not convinced, and I can't trust the fact that everybody is taking it as seriously and locking themselves down at home like I am," Reigns said in the interview. "I trust my life with my co-workers every time I step foot in the ring, but I just can't put the same trust when it has my children, my wife and my family involved."
But when it comes to WWE, Reigns thinks they're doing a great job. "For me, I just had to make a choice for my family," he said. "The company (WWE) has done everything that they can to make it the safest work environment possible. It is not the workplace that I was necessarily concerned about."
Reigns continued: "I don't want it to come off as I am taking a stand against the company at all, because I love the WWE. I've been a part of this company just since I was a little boy. That's why I always take it so personally when I represent them."
What a bold stance to take. Maybe Roman Reigns isn't the locker room leader we thought he was after all.