Backstage Details on Who Knew About Roman Reigns’ Announcement

— In terms of who knew about Roman’s announcement, the Wrestling Observer Newsletter reports that only a few people even knew that Reigns would be opening Raw with an interview and even fewer knew that he would be dropping the title and/or his reasons for doing so. Most wrestlers concluded that his absence over the weekend was injury related but some noted that he was moving around fine backstage and did not appear injured.

— Prior to Raw, Reigns was kept on a bus all day at his own request, according to the Observer. Vince – who was always in contact with management at the arena via phone – made moves during the afternoon to prepare those who had to know without going into too much detail. Triple H was in charge of running Raw and producing the announcers and he was obviously one of the people that Vince was in touch with.

— It is believed that along with Triple H, Kevin Dunn, Mark Carrano in talent relations and writers Dave Kapoor and Ed Koskey knew about the topic of Reigns’ interview in advance of him going out to the ring. Stephanie McMahon was not in Providence for Raw and neither was Michael Hayes.

— According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Roman Reigns reportedly found out about his leukemia diagnosis on or just before 10/18 because that is the day that Vince McMahon first found out. The next day – on Friday – the other key people began finding out so that they could start making plans on how to move forward without Reigns on the show.

— Approximately an hour before Raw, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose were told that Reigns would be forfeiting the Universal title during the opening but they weren’t given the reason – only told that it would “all be explained” during his interview. Reigns told Ambrose and Rollins to be ready to come out and meet him after his promo concluded but he also decided not tell them anything about what he was going to say.

— It is believed that Michael Cole also knew that Raw would be opening with the Roman Reigns interview and that he would be relinquishing the title but like the others, he probably didn’t know any specifics. It’s unclear if he told Corey Graves or Renee Young beforehand on what was about to go down.

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