This is really a heartbreaking news for entire WWE Universe. WWE Superstar Roman Reigns, real name Leati Joseph Anoaʻi has relinquished the WWE Universal Title at Monday Night RAW. Roman Reigns shocked the entire WWE Universe with his emotional speech that he is battling with Leukemia a kind of blood cancer.
— WWE (@WWE) October 23, 2018
Roman Reigns told the crowd he had been previously battled cancer in the past an 11 years ago. But, unfortunately, it again resurfaced recently. Roman told in a speech
“I feel like I owe everyone an apology.
“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.
because the leukemia is back I cannot fulfill my role, I can’t be that fighting champion and I’m going to have to relinquish my Universal Championship.
Roman’s speech was full of emotions and as well as inspirational. This is what he said further
“I’m not going to lie, I’ll take every prayer you can send my way, but I’m not looking for sympathy, I’m not looking for you to feel bad for me because I have faith.
Roman told how he battled with Leukemia last time when he was just 22.
“When I was 22 years old I was diagnosed with this. And very quickly I was able to put it in remission.
Roman’s speech of his struggle was very emotional, he added further,
“But I’m not going to lie, that was the hardest time of my life. I didn’t have a job, I didn’t have any money, I didn’t have a home and I had a baby on the way and football was done with me.
Roman thanked WWE for giving him a chance,
“But do you want to know who gave me a chance – the team that gave me a chance was the WWE.
“And when I finally made it to the main roster, I was on the road and they put me in front of you, the WWE Universe, and to be honest you all have made my dreams come true.
Roman thanked the crowd,
“And it didn’t matter if you cheered me, it didn’t matter if you booed me, you’ve always reacted to me and that is the most important thing and for that, I have to say thank you so much.
“But you all know the deal and how life is. Life’s not always fair, it’s not all peaches and cream. Sometimes life throws you a curve ball.
Roman wants to be with his family
“And right now, the best thing for me is to go home, focus on my family and my health.
Roman made it very clear that this is no way a retirement speech.
“But I want to make one thing clear – by no means is this a retirement speech. Because once I’m done whipping leukemia’s ass I’m coming back home. And when I do it’s not going to be about titles and being on top, it’s about a purpose.
Roman said, he will not give up and come back
“I am coming back because I want to show all of you, the whole world, my family, my friends, my children, and my wife, that when life throws a curveball at me, I am the type of man that will stand in that batter’s box, I will crowd the plate, I will choke up and I will swing for the fences every single time. Because I will beat this, and I will be back and you will see me very, very soon. Once again thank you so much, God bless you and I love you. Believe that.
A teary-eyed Roman was joined by his Shield brothers on the ramp Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose with Seth Rollins also in tears and they did their Shield signature move before they walk off to backstage. This was really emotional.
— WWE (@WWE) October 23, 2018
Watch full speech below:
It has been declared that Roman 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. Check out the exclusive footage from WWE where entire WWE Locker room shows support to Roman Reigns.
Twitter is flooded with the reactions from the entire WWE rosters with the hashtag #ThankYouRoman
‘Courage – strength in the face of pain or grief.’ You have given us your everything including a courageously vulnerable moment. We, your WWE family, give you all of our love and support. #ThankYouRoman #NeverGiveUp
— John Cena (@JohnCena) October 23, 2018
I’m just learning now of @WWERomanReigns leukemia diagnosis. Stunned. I liked and respected him from the moment I met him. Sending my very best wishes and prayers for you, Joe.
— Mick Foley (@RealMickFoley) October 23, 2018
RESPECT THE ROMAN #ThankYouRoman
— The Iron Sheik (@the_ironsheik) October 23, 2018
Love you @wweromanreigns You taught me so much about what it means to be a superstar here. Can’t wait to see you back ❤️
— $asha Banks (@SashaBanksWWE) October 23, 2018
His real name is Joe & he’s a stand up guy! Inside the ring one of the best I’ve battled with. Outside the ring one of the most genuine people I have ever met & learned from. See you soon good brother #ThankYouRoman ( ..and he smells great)
— Finn Bálor forEVERYone (@FinnBalor) October 23, 2018
I’ve never seen the air sucked out of a locker room like it was tonight. Our thoughts and prayers are with Roman and his family. #ThankYouRoman
— Daniel Bryan (@WWEDanielBryan) October 23, 2018
.@WWERomanReigns you are the definition of what it means to be a leader and a champion and one of the toughest lads on the planet. We are all behind you and sending love. You will beat this. #ThankYouRoman
— Rebecca Quin (@BeckyLynchWWE) October 23, 2018
— Praneet Samaiya (@praneetsamaiya) October 23, 2018
— Zack Ryder (@ZackRyder) October 23, 2018
Roman is one of the best I’ve ever been in the ring with and one of the guys I respect and look up to the most in this industry.
My thoughts are with him and his family. I can’t wait to see him overcome this and get to share a locker room with him again soon.#ThankYouRoman
— . (@FightOwensFight) October 23, 2018
— Shinsuke Nakamura (@ShinsukeN) October 23, 2018
Fight on to victory my courageous brother! pic.twitter.com/wuYAoxa48p
— Bret Hart (@BretHart) October 23, 2018
♥️ THANKYOU, @WWERomanReigns. Praying for you and your family.
— Nattie (@NatbyNature) October 23, 2018
— Renee Young (@ReneeYoungWWE) October 23, 2018
— #WOKEN, yet #BROKEN, Matt Hardy (@MATTHARDYBRAND) October 23, 2018
I'm overseas and I just heard the terrible news about @WWERomanReigns and his battle with Leukemia. Totally shocked. Uce, you are a tough bastard and a true fighter, and you will beat this.
Lots of love.
— Sami Zayn (@SamiZayn) October 23, 2018
— Hurricane Helms (@ShaneHelmsCom) October 23, 2018
…. He will fight, he will win, he will return stronger, and I will be waiting….
— Samoa Joe (@SamoaJoe) October 23, 2018
— Booker T. Huffman (@BookerT5x) October 23, 2018
Roman my kids send their love and prayers. So do I brother. pic.twitter.com/tQggp7DJo0
— TheMarkHenry (@TheMarkHenry) October 23, 2018
— The Usos (@WWEUsos) October 23, 2018
Whether you bleed blue or bleed red, we are family. Whether you work in the United States or you work in Japan, we are all family.
Roman we stand next to you as we watch you give the… https://t.co/y4pXm54XIq
— The Miz (@mikethemiz) October 23, 2018
”I want to show my family, my friends, my children and my wife that when life throws a curveball at me, I am the type of man that will stand in that batter’s box, I will crowd the plate,… https://t.co/63BXKlAGUI
— Stephanie McMahon (@StephMcMahon) October 23, 2018
— PAIGE (@RealPaigeWWE) October 23, 2018
Just saw the @WWERomanReigns news. Absolutely heartbreaking. Roman is one of nicest guys I have ever met in this business and was a pleasure every time I had the pleasure to work with him. My best wishes to him!
— John Layfield (@JCLayfield) October 23, 2018
Our prayers are with Roman Reigns and his family. Come back stronger Roman, this is your yard and we believe that. Thank You, Roman. What do you think guys about it? Tell us your views on comments. Check out the list of highest paid WWE Superstars.