WWE universe was in for a very shocking news after the Universal Champion Roman Reigns announced that he will be relinquishing the title after he revealed that his Leukemia was back. He revealed that he has been battling the disease for 11 years but also promised that someday he would return in the ring.
In case you don’t know Leukemia is commonly known as blood cancer and as revealed by Reigns, was first detected in him back in 2008. He has been battling the disease ever since then.
— WWE (@WWE) October 23, 2018
Here’s what Roman Reigns said:
“That’s all lies and it’s a lie because the reality is my name is Joe and I’ve been living with leukaemia for 11 years and unfortunately it’s back,” said Reigns whose real name his Joe Anoa’i. “Because the leukaemia is back, I can’t fulfil my role. I can’t be that fighting champion and I’m going to have to relinquish the universal championship. I’m not going to lie, I’ll take every prayer you can send my way but I’m not looking for sympathy, I’m not looking for you to feel bad for me because I have faith.”
“Sometimes life throws you a curveball and the best thing for me to do is to go home and focus on my health,” Anoa’i said. “But I want to make one thing clear: By no means is this a retirement speech because after I’m done whupping leukemia’s ass, I’m coming back home. And when I do, it’s not going to be about titles and being on top, it’s about a purpose.”
“I’m coming back because I want to show you all at home and my family and my children and my wife that when life throws a curveball at me, I will choke up and I will swing for the fences every single time. I will beat this and I will be back so you will see me very, very soon.”
Soon after Reigns kept his title in the middle of the ring and walked towards the entrance ramp his Shield members Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose joined him up. A teary-eyed Rollins and Ambrose stuck out their fists to showcase their solidarity.