One of the marquee matches for this Sunday’s WWE WrestleMania spectacular has been cancelled after former rivals Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns reached a gentlemanly understanding through peaceful dialogue and conciliation.
“Roman and I have respectfully agreed to disagree,” said Lesnar at a press conference during WrestleMania Axxess. “We both believe violence never solves anything, and a peaceful resolution is always preferable to conflict.”
Lesnar’s advocate, Paul Heyman, said his client is “a pacifist at heart,” and feels that hand-to-hand combat with Reigns would “only deepen the existing rift, rather than expedite the healing process.”
The peaceful resolution comes as a surprise to many fans of sports entertainment, given the bitter enmity and escalating violence between Lesnar and Reigns in recent weeks, but Reigns said “real men settle disputes with words, not violence.”
Reigns added: “Are Brock and I best friends now? Gosh no, of course not. He overturned a gurney I was strapped into, among other unpleasantness. But that’s all water under the bridge. I wish him the best.”
Reigns and Lesnar concluded the press conference with a long hug, a handshake, and a playful pat on one another’s bottoms.