Said Reigns, in part, of the unfavorable reactions to the Saudi events, "The bottom line for me is, if we’re going to help promote change, if we’re going to set out to make an impact, then I have to be a part of it. I’m not going to sit on the sideline and talk about how we can get there. I want to be a part of the action. I look at it as being a part of the solution while still respecting cultures, but it’s a big world and I want to experience all of it. So if we can help make a positive impact that’s what we’re here to do."
Reigns wrestled Brock Lesnar in a steel cage match for the Universal title last year at Greatest Royal Rumble in Jeddah. He bowed out of a triple threat match with Lesnar and Braun Strowman at last November's Crown Jewel in Riyadh, reportedly ahead of his announcement that he had been diagnosed with a recurrence of leukemia.