WWE Superstar Roman Reigns Reveals Battle With Leukemia

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In one of the most real and shocking moments in WWE history, Roman Reigns kicked off Monday Night Raw this week revealing he is battling leukemia.

The 33-year-old told a floored crowd that he was first diagnosed with the cancer at age 22. Reigns, real name Joseph Anoaʻi, recalled the dark period where his football career was no more, a child on the way and no job or money. Reigns’ leukemia was in in remission until 2008.

The cousin of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson expressed gratitude to WWE for giving him what would become a golden opportunity, as well as the fans for reacting to him no matter if it was cheers or boos. The main event performer then relinquished the Universal championship with intentions to go home to fight leukemia and be with his family.

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However, Reigns stressed it was not a retirement speech. “Thank You Roman” chants rang through Providence, RI. Fellow Shield members Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose met him at the entrance ramp for a group embrace. Tears in their eyes, the trio each put a fist in the center in an act of solidarity.

Reigns is a multi-time champion, WrestleMania headliner and one of the top names in WWE. He was scheduled to defend the Universal champion against Brock Lesnar and Braun Strowman at Crown Jewel on November 2. It will now be a singles match.

Many of his coworkers and pro wrestling legends took to social media to show their support for Reigns.

WWE released a statement regarding his upcoming leave of absence saying, “Reigns is taking his battle with leukemia public in an effort to raise awareness and funds for research in order to advance cures for the disease.”

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