WWE Intercontinental Champion Roman Reigns ended up having to be isolated for the month of October after contracting the mumps.

During an interview with WWE color commentator Corey Graves on the inaugural episode of WWE Network‘s Straight To The Source, he was asked about experience of having the mumps.

Here is Reign’s response from Wrestling Inc.

“It was just a strange scenario,” Reigns said. “I was infected with the mumps and, like, I don’t know if we’ll be able to use this [footage]. Like, I wasn’t in any serious pain or anything. You have your obvious side effects and gland swelling and stuff like that. The only real pain I felt was like in my jaw and in my ears, but the main thing was the isolation. It’s such a rare virus that, hell, half the nurses didn’t even know what the mumps were because it’s so old school. Exactly, you get your vaccines at one [year old] and everything. I think when we were younger they didn’t do boosters at a certain age, so now they do it, and, regardless, my immune system wasn’t up to the task! I caught it and I was out for about three weeks. And the crazy part is that I was stuck in the hospital or in the hotel and to be in the hotel sucked, man.”

With Reigns having the mumps, he ended up having to miss a match with The Shield that had them facing off against The Miz, Sheamus, Cesaro, Braun Strowman, and Libertarian Kane. Kurt Angle also had to replace him for this year’s pay-per-view TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs event.

The mumps virus also hit wrestlers Bray Wyatt, Bo Dallas, and announcer JoJo. So it was spreading like wildfire among people within WWE, which is why isolating him made perfect sense.


The good news is that of course now everyone is back in the ring, including Reigns, who ended up getting attacked alongside The Shield by Samoa Joe, Sheamus and Cesaro at the beginning of this week’s Monday Night Raw.

On Raw, Reigns also had a chance to defend his Intercontinental title against Cesaro, where he came away victorious, even though he had to wrestle with an injured arm after Cesaro smashed it into the guardrail.

Of course Cesaro used Reigns’ injured arm to his advantage, but he couldn’t fend off a spear that ended his chance at becoming the new WWE Intercontinental Champion. Reigns then ended the match with a pin and three-count.

Reigns also just faced off against Triple H during a match while on tour in India, where Reigns came away with the win. But after the match, Samoa Joe, Cesaro, and Sheamus all attacked Reigns, like they did on Raw, and Triple H ended up helping Reigns by fending them off.

Jason Jordan recently challenged Reigns for a chance at the belt. They both recently had a very long match on Raw. I’m not sure that Jordan is going to get another shot anytime soon.

While Reigns isn’t scheduled to defend his title at this Sunday’s Clash of Champions, it’s going to be interesting to see who gets a chance to take him down next.

Comment below and tell us who you think will end up taking the Intercontinental Championship belt from Reigns.

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