Roman Reigns, one of the biggest stars in modern wrestling, made a very unfortunate announcement on tonight’s episode of Monday Night Raw.
Reigns, who had missed time in the ring due to what was being called an injury, appeared on the show in street clothes, with his belt.
He announced that he has been diagnosed with leukemia, a form of cancer.
Roman Reigns says he’s been living with leukemia for 11 years, and vows to beat the disease “once again.”
Wrestling Travel posted video of Reigns’ announcement, which came moments ago:
Roman Reigns has leukaemia and will relinquish his universal championship.
— Wrestling Travel (@WrestlingTravel) October 23, 2018
— WWE (@WWE) October 23, 2018
Via SB Nation’s Cageside Seats blog:
“I will beat this, I will be back, and you will see me very, very soon,” he said.
He said this is not a retirement but after he’s done “whooping leukemia’s ass once again, I’m coming back home.”
Reigns, who is real-life cousins with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, had emerged as one of the company’s biggest stars in recent years.
Non-wrestling fans may recognize him from his turn as College GameDay guest picker in Fort Worth back in September, ahead of TCU’s game against Ohio State.
Reigns played college football at Georgia Tech, and had cups of coffee with the Minnesota Vikings and Jacksonville Jaguars before a year in the CFL in 2008. He was signed by the WWE in 2010.
Reigns, whose real name is Leati Joseph Anoaʻi, is 33 years old.