Roman Reigns Battling Leukemia Relinquishes WWE Universal Title

Lula Sharp
October 23, 2018

After I'm done whooping leukemia's ass once again, I'm coming back home. I didn't have a job, I didn't have any money, I didn't have a home.

Anoa'i, a former college football standout at Georgia Tech who has appeared in the last four main events at WrestleMania, made sure to let his fans know that Monday would not be his final day in a WWE ring as he delivered the solemn news dressed in street clothes.

At the opening of tonight's Raw, Roman Reigns announced his leukemia had resurfaced after being originally diagnosed 11 years ago. However, he was cut by both teams before the season ever began and never played a snap in an National Football League game. He ultimately signed with the WWE in 2010, debuted onscreen for the company in late 2012 and has become one of the most recognizable performers in the WWE.

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Stay tuned for updates on the WWE Universal Title and Reigns' status.

Michael Cole, Renee Young and Corey Graves spoke to the audience after the commercial break and reminded viewers through tears that the characters you see on WWE TV are also real people. "We live in this alternate reality sometimes, and I think we all forget that we're real people".

"For months, maybe even a whole year, I've come out here as Roman Reigns and said I'd come out here every week, that I'd be a fighting champion, that I was going to be consistent, that I was going to be a workhorse - but that's all lies". It's returned, and he's taking time off from WWE to focus on his family and his health. The WWE has said it is monitoring developments in Saudi Arabia concerning the country's alleged role in the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

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