Roman Reigns opened tonight’s WWE RAW by announcing that he’s been living with leukemia for the past 11 years and it’s back.
Reigns said because of the diagnosis, he’s unable to fulfill his duties as champion and must relinquish the WWE Universal Title. Reigns added that it’s best for him to go home and be with family, to focus on his health for now.
Reigns made it clear that his was not a retirement speech and that he would be back once he’s done “kicking leukemia’s ass” again. He said we would see him very, very soon.
WWE sent the following announcement tonight on Reigns’ battle with leukemia:
ROMAN REIGNS FIGHTS AGAINST LEUKEMIA
STAMFORD, Conn., October 22, 2018 – Tonight on Monday Night Raw, Roman Reigns (aka Joe Anoa’i) announced that he is relinquishing the WWE Universal Championship and taking a leave of absence from WWE as he once again fights leukemia, which had been in remission since late 2008. Reigns is taking his battle with leukemia public in an effort to raise awareness and funds for research in order to advance cures for the disease.
Below are shots from tonight’s opening segment:
— WWE (@WWE) October 23, 2018