WWE Champion Roman Reigns announced on Monday Night RAW that he has been diagnosed with a re-occurrence of leukemia and was relinquishing the WWE Universal Championship so he can focus on his health.
Reigns explained how he was originally diagnosed with leukemia when he was 22 years old but after 11 years of being in remission, it had returned.
“When I was 22 years old, I was diagnosed with this. And very quickly I was able to put it in remission. But I’m not going to lie, that was the hardest time in 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,” Reigns said in an emotional speech.
Reigns also said he plans on returning once he has beaten the disease.
“I will beat this,” Reigns said. “I will be back, and you will see me very very soon.”
WWE also released a statement:
“Tonight on Monday Night Raw, Roman Reigns (aka Joe Anoa’i) announced that he is relinquishing the WWE Universal Championship and taking a leave of absence from WWE as he once again fights leukemia, 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.”
Reigns was scheduled to defend his title that he won back in August by defeating Brock Lesnar. Now, on November 2nd at the Crown Jewel event in Saudi Arabiait it will be Lesnar facing off against Strowman at for the vacant WWE Universal Championship.