WWE star Roman Reigns reveals he’s battling leukemia again

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WWE superstar Roman Reigns stunned the wrestling world on Monday night by announcing on live television that he was battling leukemia and stepping away from the business.

The shocking revelation came during the opening segment of “Monday Night Raw.”

“My real name is Joe and I’ve been living with leukemia for 11 years — and unfortunately it’s back,” Reigns said. “And because the leukemia is back I cannot fulfill my role, I cannot be that fighting champion and I’m going to have to relinquish the Universal Championship.”

Reigns, 33, was scheduled to take part in WWE’s upcoming pay-per-view “Crown Jewel” in Saudi Arabia, where he would be defending his Universal title against former UFC champion Brock Lesnar and Braun Strowman. But those plans are now off.

“I’m not going to lie, I’ll take every prayer you can send my way,” Romans said. “But I’m not looking for sympathy. I’m not looking for you to feel bad for me because I have faith.”

Reigns told the emotional story of his first bout with leukemia, and how WWE took a chance on him.

“I will beat this, I will be back, and you will see me very, very soon,” Reigns said.

“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,” the company said. “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.”

The Monday night announcement left fans floored and prompted countless messages of support from other wrestlers. “Uce, you are a tough bastard and a true fighter, and you will beat this,” tweeted WWE superstar Sami Zayn.

“He’s our locker room leader. He IS the business. He’ll be back,” wrote the Singh Brothers. “You got this, champ.”

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