Superstar Roman Reigns (real name Joe Anoa’i) revealed Monday on “Raw
” that he’s been battling leukemia for 11 years. Unfortunately, the disease is back.
Per WWE, Reigns is “taking a leave of absence” to fight the disease, 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,” WWE said in a Monday night media release.
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The Universal Champion relinquished his title on the USA Network
.@WWERomanReigns has officially relinquished the Universal Championship on #Raw. pic.twitter.com/Dov281qW94
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) October 23, 2018
After saying his (temporary) goodbyes to the WWE Universe, Reigns was joined on the entrance ramp by his brothers in wrestling faction The Shield.
There's no brotherhood greater.#Raw @WWERomanReigns @TheDeanAmbrose @WWERollins pic.