ROMAN REIGNS insists he is willing to quit WWE and even retire over fears surrounding the coronavirus.
The 35-year-old ‘Big Dog’ surprised everyone with his shock return at SummerSlam in August following five months out.
He was due to challenge Goldberg at WrestleMania 36 in April, but after the birth of his twin boys shortly before the pandemic outbreak, he pulled out of the event to self-isolate with his family.
The star, who has twice battled back from cancer, is now back on top of WWE after defeating ‘The Fiend’ Bray Wyatt and Braun Strowman at Payback several weeks ago.
He will defend that championship against his cousin Jey Uso at Clash of Champions this Sunday, where he will unveil a brand new look.
Ahead of that, Reigns appeared on the Corey Graves After The Bell podcast last night, and while explaining his decision to take time off he also stated he’s willing to quit WWE and retire if he has to.
He said: “The most defined thought I had was that I made a lot of sacrifices on behalf of my family and this is one area where I’m not going to make that sacrifice.
“I will sacrifice my career, sacrifice a performance, I’ll sacrifice the audience if I have to. To protect my family, I will quit. I’ll hang up my boots.
“I’ve done everything that I needed to do in this business within sports entertainment/professional wrestling. There isn’t a moment or accolade that I haven’t had.
“Whether it was a WrestleMania moment all the way to a house show. I’ve experienced everything I could possibly experience.
“For me, it was about putting my family first and right there if I had to retire and that was what was going to be asked of me, I would do it. For one of the first times in a long time, I put my family first. They were 1A.”
Reigns admitted that it took a lot to change his mind over a return, but WWE boss Vince McMahon convinced him and his wife it was safe to do so.
He added: “There was nothing that was going to change my mind that I needed to go away and wait until we’re in a place where we have a better understanding, knowing what this virus has done and how it has affected everybody.
“I just felt far more comfortable with the way he has taken care of me to make me feel like my family is safe, make my wife feel safe that I can go out and come back in.
“That’s been critical in getting me back in the ring.”