Reigns announces he has leukemia on the show
By The Capital Sports Report Staff
Last night on Monday Night Raw, Leati Joseph Anoa’i, better known as Roman Reigns to the world, announced that he is battling leukemia and will be leaving for an indefinite hiatus. The WWE then later released a statement and explained why the 33-year old decided to go public about his ongoing battle with the disease.
“Tonight on Monday Night Raw, Roman Reigns (aka Leati Joseph Anoa’i) announced that he is relinquishing his Universal Championship and taking a leave of absence from WWE as he once again fights leukemia, which had been in remission since late 2008,” he said. “Reigns is taking his battle public in an effort to raise awareness and funds for research in order to advance cures for the disease.”
The American-Samoan wrestler has been an integral part of the WWE Raw roster ever since he began his ascent to the top in 2014. Often criticized for the ‘good guy’ role that he plays, he is nevertheless an extremely hardworking individual who gives it his best every time he steps inside the ring.
He has headlined four WrestleMania’s in a row and him winning the Universal Championship to end Brock Lesnar’s tenure at the top was no fluke but rather due a long time back. He is the true successor to John Cena as the face of the WWE Universe, as the latter was also criticized for the very same reasons and was rejected as being a fan favorite.
Joe didn’t just relinquish his title last night but also the character that he plays, assuming his true name and casting off his gimmick to reveal his true self as he laid it bare in front of the arena crowd and the world. It signifies the departure of a crucial figure in the WWE and it remains to be seen how it will affect the WWE Universe.
“For months, even a whole year, I’ve come out here as Roman Reigns and said I’d come out here every week, that I’d be a fighting champion, that I was going to be consistent, that I was going to be a workhorse – but that’s all lies,” he said. “It’s a lie because the reality is, my name is Joe and I’ve been living with leukemia for 11 years and, unfortunately, it’s back.
However, not one to be let down by a major obstacle in life like leukemia, Reigns has promised the WWE Universe that he will be back and that this announcement was by no means the final farewell.
“But I want to make one thing clear — by no means is this a retirement speech,” he said. “Because once I’m done whipping leukemia ass I’m coming back home.”
Reigns was first diagnosed with leukemia when he was 22 years old. He credited WWE for giving him a chance, when he had no home, no job, no money and had a baby on the way and he was successfully able to put the disease into remission very quickly.
The social media was flooded with good wishes and well-being for the WWE champ. Even John Cena took to Twitter to express his heartfelt love and support and so did wrestling legend Bret Hart who is also Reigns’ idol.
Wishing Roman Reigns a quick full recovery and that he returns to the ring better and stronger.
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