Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Roman Reigns Wins ESPYS Award, WWE Cancels Upcoming Events In Italy

Roman Reigns Wins ESPYS Award, WWE Cancels Upcoming Events In Italy
WWE has canceled the two live events scheduled to take place in Italy this coming November - Sunday, November 3 in Florence and Monday, November 4 in Milan.

The official reason for the cancellation given by the local promoters is a "scheduling conflict in the WWE tour." It was noted that they hope to announce future WWE dates for Italy soon.

It's believed that the nixed dates in Italy are related to WWE's return to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The Wrestling Observer Newsletter reported last week that WWE canceled other dates on the November European tour due to the return to Saudi Arabia, and that the planned date of Friday, November 1 was reportedly being changed to another date, presumably in November. WWE should be making an official announcement on the Saudi return soon. WWE previously canceled the November 5 event in Nottingham, the November 6 event in Birmingham, the November 8 event in London, and the November 9 event in Minehead.

- For the first time, at ESPN's ESPY awards, a WWE award was presented for the 'Best Moment' category and rounding out at the top of the voting poll was Roman Reigns for his return to in-ring competition after stepping away from WWE in the Fall of 2018 to battle Leukemia.

The other nominees were Becky Lynch for winning the RAW Women's Title and SmackDown Women's Title at WrestleMania 35, Kofi Kingston for winning the WWE Title at WrestleMania 35, and Ronda Rousey for winning her first RAW Women's Title at SummerSlam 2018.

"For to me just to be able to be healthy was the only award I needed. This is just so flattering for everyone to kind of lift me up and show me that support system and love from everybody," Reigns said in WWE's announcement on the award. "It was never about awards or anything like that. It was just about awareness, it was just about sharing my story and hopefully someone could use it for a little bit of hope."

Reigns was congratulated during during the red carpet special by Triple H, Stephanie McMahon, Becky Lynch, and Seth Rollins.