WWE

Roman Reigns..

Roman Reigns reveals his leukemia battle on Raw and gives up Universal Championship

Published Add your comment

Football News
24/7

Last nights edition of Monday Night Raw from Providence, Rhode Island started with Roman Reigns walking out to the always-polarising reception of the WWE Universe, but he has a less-than-familiar look about him.

Appearing in regular clothes as opposed to the riot gear that he usually wears, there was something already amiss with Reigns' demeanour as he walked to the ring.

Rumours had swirled that the Big Dog had suffered an injury which led to his removal from WWE live events this past weekend, but as he was about to reveal, Reigns is going through something a lot worse.

The Universal Champion took the microphone and said: "I feel like I owe everyone an apology.

"For months, maybe 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."

And then came the dreaded announcement.

"It's a lie because the reality is, my real name is Joe and I've been living with leukemia for 11 years and unfortunately it's back.

"And because the leukemia is back i cannot fulfil my role, I can't be that fighting champion and I'm going to have to relinquish my Universal Championship."

Roman Reigns emotionally revealed his struggles with leukemia on Raw last night, and will be stepping away from wrestling for a while.

The live crowd were visibly moved and speechless by the announcement, literally no-one expected such horrible news.

As Reigns thanked the crowd for their support and vowing to return stronger than ever, he was joined at the top of the ramp by his Shield brothers - Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins - posing with all three fists one final time before Reigns undergoes his personal battle away from the squared circle.

There's not much more else to say other than - thank you Roman.

LISTEN TO OUR LATEST WWE PODCAST WHERE WE TALK TO XAVIER WOODS AND AJ STYLES, AS WELL AS REVIEWING WWE 2K19 AND OUR TRIP TO THE WWE PERFORMANCE CENTER

Please SUBSCRIBE to our GiveMeSport WWE YouTube channel where we have exclusive interviews and inside scoops.

Topics:
Roman Reigns
WWE

Article Comments

Read more

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author

DISCLAIMER

This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of GiveMeSport.com or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. GiveMeSport.com and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again