Last night, the WWE Universe was shattered when Universal Champion Roman Reigns revealed his Leukemia diagnosis and subsequently relinquished the championship.
Roman Reigns, aka Joe, came out to the ring and revealed that he was diagnosed with Leukemia when he was 22. He went into remission quickly, but he recently learned that the cancer had come back. He said that, while he is leaving to beat cancer for a 2nd time, he is in no way retiring. He said he will be back, but right now, his health and his family come first. The WWE Universe in Providence, RI chanted "Thank You Roman" for several minutes, and it even trended on social media (and still is trending).
Reigns exited the ring and was greeted by his brothers in arms Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose. They embraced him in a hug and cried.
After the show came back from commercial, the announce team (Renee Young, Michael Cole, and Corey Graves) expressed their deepest well-wishes and prayers for Reigns.
Fellow superstars and fans sent their prayers and thoughts to Reigns.
My Two Cents
I cried so hard when I heard that Roman Reigns/Joe had cancer. For the most part, I have been a huge fan of his (I disliked him for a period of time after he defeated The Undertaker at Wrestlemania sometime ago). I remember when The Shield debuted on WWE. Even though I'm older than Roman Reigns, I had a bit of a crush on him. Not only is he pretty good-looking, he's freaking bada** in the ring. He is the big dawg, and the ring is his yard. It will forever be his yard.
Roman, thank you for entertaining us. Superman-punch that cancer! Pin it for the 3 count! Sending you heartfelt well-wishes and prayers to you and yours, big dawg! See you soon!
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