WWE brought a loaded show to the Staples Center this week for SmackDown. It was also the final time WWE played the famous LA venue before their re-naming to the Crypto.com Arena. Roman Reigns wasn’t there, but he was certainly a part of the storyline.

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Ringside News asked around about Roman Reigns’ absence from SmackDown this week. The Tribal Chief was not expected to be at this show, because they knew about this day off for, at least, two months.

We we told that those within the company, “knew Roman was off this week for the past two months.” This was “a planned vacation or sabbatical” for the Universal Champion.


Roman Reigns was mentioned several times during SmackDown as Brock Lesnar returned to the blue brand this week. His relationship with Paul Heyman is getting very interesting as well, because it seems that the Beast Incarnate has his Advocate once again.

Roman Reigns has a very demanding schedule, but even the Head of the Table needs a night off. He got that time off this week and it was something that WWE was very much prepared for.

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