Natalya explains RAW backstage atmosphere ahead of Roman Reigns leukemia reveal

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In what proved to be arguably the most emotional and gut-wrenching moment of the year, Roman Reigns revealed that his leukemia had returned and would be forced to step away from the WWE.

Since he relinquished the Universal Championship, Dean Ambrose has turned on Seth Rollins to turn heel and Brock Lesnar is, once again, holding the biggest prize Monday Night RAW has to offer.


Although the show has continued since, emotions have still been running high with many still in disbelief that the disease which Reigns had kept quiet for so long had returned after 11 years.

Since then, we've heard plenty of stories of what happened backstage ahead of the announcement and who knew what.

Now, Natalya has revealed in an interview that it was an ominous feeling backstage with the locker room knowing it would be something serious - as The Big Dog wasn't in his wrestling gear.

Speaking to Planeta Wrestling, she said that there was a cold feeling backstage which shook everyone that the locker room leader was suffering from leukemia again.


According to Ringside News, she said: "That was really hard for all of us to be a part of that, and obviously way harder for Roman.

"Nobody knew as far as I knew that news was going to be delivered, Roman’s very private. We were kind of just told earlier in the day that there was something going on in the first hour of the show that we wouldn’t want to miss and everybody’s talking about it.

“I remember that building being freezing cold and there was just this tension in the air all day long. When Roman walked to the ring I thought it was really weird he wasn’t wearing his wrestling costume, he was just wearing a shirt. I thought, ‘He has to say something serious.'

“When he announced that he had leukemia and he had it for 11 years and it was back, everyone was just in shock. Some were in disbelief, some were crying, some people were just standing there frozen.

"Because Roman is our locker room leader, Roman is our Superman, Roman is the guy that all of us look up to backstage. He is like a general for us.”

Like many, Natalya also admitted that she believes Reigns will be back sooner rather than later.

What do you make of what Natalya had to say about the backstage atmosphere before Roman Reigns' announcement? Have YOUR say in the comments section below.

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