Roman Reigns came up with a shocking announcement on last night’s WWE Raw. The franchise player opened last night’s episode from Providence, Rhode Island in the midst of loud boos from the fans. But the reaction converted into huge cheers after what we have heard from the ‘former’ Universal Champion. It was hard to believe our ears as he cut a promo.
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First of all, Roman Reigns did not come out as a WWE competitor on WWE Raw. He was standing in front of the fans as simply Joe Anoa’i who is just another man like rest of the fans. These were his words,
“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.”
The crowd was wondering what he was talking about especially he was in red eyes. Prior to that, he even missed a couple of house shows which is unusual for a fighting Universal Champion like him. Without further due, he addressed the elephant in the room declaring that he is battling with leukemia,
“I’ve been living with leukemia for 11 years, and unfortunately it’s back… I’m going to have to relinquish the Universal Championship.”
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He re-affirmed that the disease is back from remission after a decade leaving him no choice but to drop the Universal Championship. He is a father and a husband. At this point, nothing is important for him than to fight the disease spending times with the family. But by no means, it was a retirement speech by the Big Dog.
Roman Reigns confirmed to come back when he defies the odds by beating leukemia. He will return to rule this yard which confirmed that his days are not over. But for now, the Universal Championship lineup had to change at Crown Jewel PPV event. Brock Lesnar will battle it out against Braun Strowman for the vacated belt on WWE Raw.
The poster bot of the company thanked the WWE Universe before taking a final bow before them with the following quotes,
“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.”
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Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins joined him while he was leaving the WWE Raw. They were in teary eyes and embraced each other. Finally, they applauded back to the crowd doing their iconic fist bump. Our thoughts and prayers go to Roman Reigns and his family as he continues to fight against the odds that life has thrown to him.