Video shows Roman Reigns shoved across the ring by Asuka as he was promoting new WWE title match
A wrestling match has ended in a pitch-black locker room when WWE star Roman Reigns, who has recently been battling leukaemia, was attacked by his competitor.
The video, which is believed to have been filmed in Japan, shows Reigns being shoved across the ring by Asuka. The WWE interim women’s champion then climbed on top of the ring and posed over Reigns in the show of dominance.
WWE’s social media accounts shared the video on Wednesday evening, saying Reigns was injured during the bout, but it is not clear how serious his injuries are.
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Reigns, 34, spoke about his battle on Tuesday, saying his health was “so much bigger than Sunday” and that he was determined to survive.
“I want to let everybody know that I’m fighting like hell and I’m not going to miss one single pay-per-view,” he said. “I’m not going to miss WrestleMania.”
The WWE’s chief medical officer, Dr Joseph Maroon, said that two tests on Reigns had indicated a very low risk of relapse and “the cure rate is 98.8%, so I’m not worried”.
But two sources close to Reigns said on Wednesday that he would miss Sunday’s PPV event, which is called Survivor Series, because of injuries sustained in the attack.
The attack on Reigns, which has been dubbed “Sicko Match III” on social media, followed criticism of him after a Nazi symbol was carved into his chest during a previous fight.