Nikki Bella reveals how superstars reacted during Roman Reigns leukemia announcement

Nikki Bella on the red carpet

The wrestling world is still in shock after Roman Reigns announced on Monday Night Raw that he will be stepping away from wrestling to deal with his second bout of Leukemia.

The Big Dog laid down the Universal title and said he would be relinquishing Raw's top belt as he would not be able to defend it.

Even some of Roman's biggest detractors have come out in support of the four-time world champion and the wrestling world as a whole has united.

From Impact Wrestling to Ring of Honor to New Japan Pro Wrestling, all the major companies have come out in support of Reigns and big names like Kenny Omega have, too.

It's certainly united the wrestling world, but it's also had a huge, huge impact on the WWE locker room, too.

Nikki Bella has only recently returned to the company after an extended lay-off and now she finds herself competing for the Raw Women's title against Ronda Rousey at the first-ever all-womens pay-per-view, Evolution.

The event takes place this Sunday and speaking to CBS Sports' "In This Corner" Podcast, Bella was asked what it was like backstage when Reigns broke the news.

"You know, I get, like, the deepest chills when you bring that up," Bella told CBS Sports. "I think everyone is still in a lot of shock, but it's extremely sad, it's extremely unexpected. You don't think you'll hear those words from your living-day Superman.

Nikki Bella

"But if anyone can fight through this, it's Joe. Joe is just so beyond brave to go out there, and to speak the way he did, I just ... to me, he is so inspiring and so motivating to never give up. I'm just going to keep him so much in my prayers and thoughts, as all of us should, because we all want our 'Big Dog' back. The show is definitely going to feel so different without him.

"His presence is just strong, and he's just ... he's an amazing, very beautiful man, and he's beautiful inside and out, and I'm just praying so hard for him."

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It's clear how much Reigns means to the whole WWE locker room and it seems that only now will some fans appreciate what a pillar that man has been for the WWE.

Here's to hoping we see him again very soon.

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