Roman Reigns Diagnosed With Leukemia, Forced To Surrender Universal Championship

WWE RAW started off with an absolute punch to the gut. There were whispers that Roman Reigns was hurt as he missed all of this weekend’s house shows.

Roman started RAW coming out in street clothes. I myself thought it would be a typical WWE “I’m injured and have to relinquish the Title” story. But I was not ready for what Roman said.

Roman Reigns told the WWE Universe that his leukemia had returned. Reigns was originally diagnosed in 2008 but has been in remission.

This is from the WWE’s site:

PROVIDENCE — In the opening moments of Raw, Roman Reigns emerged to announce that he had been living with leukeimia for 11 years and the disease’s return would force him to relinquish the Universal Championship and take a leave of absence from WWE.

Dressed in street clothes, The Big Dog mingled briefly with fans at ringside before dropping the persona of Roman Reigns to address the WWE Universe as Joe and detail his history of living with leukemia. In an emotional but optimistic address, Reigns recounted his initial diagnosis and remission in late 2008 and thanked the WWE Universe for making his dreams come true. He said he was going to go home to focus on his family and health, but made one thing clear on the way out: “This is by no means a retirement speech.”


Speaking of the “faith” that had carried him through his life, Reigns promised the WWE Universe that he would return to “swing for the fences” at whatever curveballs life threw at him, with a final sign-off before a tearful embrace with The Shield atop the ramp: “I will beat this, and I will be back, so you will see me very, very soon.

JC’s Take: This is an absolute punch to the gut. You can read my full thoughts in my RAW Review, but this seems like the one time the wrestling community is coming together to support something. The HTCWrestling Staff’s thought and prayers are with Roman Reigns right now as he fights this battle again. We hope he comes back better and stronger than ever. And we look forward to seeing him in a WWE ring again.