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Roman Reigns to work fewer house shows as part of new WWE deal

Reigns is entering into "a new phase" of his WWE career.

The reason behind a cryptic comment Roman Reigns made over the weekend looks to have been revealed.

At a house show in Trenton, New Jersey on Saturday night, Reigns said he's starting to work into "a new phase" in his career and doesn't know if he'll be back in Trenton again. Reigns thanked the crowd for their years of support.

The comment led to speculation about Reigns' future with WWE. On Wrestling Observer Radio overnight, Dave Meltzer reported that Reigns has signed a new deal with WWE and will be working fewer house shows.

“It's not it for him, but the situation is that he got a new deal and the new deal is for far less dates,” Meltzer said. “I don’t know how many house shows he’s going to be doing, but it will be much less than the number that he’s doing now. It’s one of the perks of being there for a while and being valuable there is you can kind of call certain shots. And he’s got the power to maintain the championship and work fewer dates like [Brock] Lesnar had and [Hulk] Hogan used to have. So, he’s gonna be -- new phase in his life. He’s got young kids and everything like that. You know, [in his] mid-to-late 30s. Probably wants to preserve his body a little bit more.”

Reigns is the current Undisputed WWE Universal Champion. He defeated Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 38 to unify the WWE Championship and Universal Championship.

In the main event of WrestleMania Backlash last night, Reigns & The Usos defeated Drew McIntyre & RK-Bro in a six-man tag match. Reigns pinned Riddle to get the win.