Monday Night Raw came live from Rhode Island, and it was a night to remember for the wrong reason as it was all dominated by the announcement Roman Reigns is battling leukaemia, reported Mirror.
The Universal Champion – who has had to relinquish his belt – told how he had been living with the disease for 11 years.
A statement from WWE said Reigns would be “taking a leave of absence from WWE as he once again fights leukemia, which had been in remission since late 2008.”
It also declared “Reigns is taking his battle with leukaemia public in an effort to raise awareness and funds for research in order to advance cures for the disease.”
The SportsKeeda further reported that after the announcement when he walked backstage, he was greeted by members of the WWE backstage management, as well as Superstars.
Roman Reigns had been battling leukemia since 2008, but the disease had been in remission. This was not a fact that was known by any member of the WWE Universe before the announcement tonight.
A statement by WWE revealed that Roman was taking his fight with the disease public to raise awareness and funds. He relinquished the WWE Universal Championship and left it in the middle of the ring, before walking to the back.
Roman’s announcement was greeted by stunned silence and shock by WWE fans who had no inkling what theSsuperstar had been going through. On walking back up the ramp he was greeted by fellow Shield members, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins, who were there to support him.
When he went backstage, however, there were members of WWE’s management and other stars waiting to greet Roman. Triple H and Shawn Michaels were first, followed by Paul Heyman and Roman’s distant cousin, Nia Jax.
Braun, Finn, and the rest of the stars would greet him as well before Titus took him aside to say some words.
As he walked away, with the emotion visible in his eyes, he told the Camera crew ‘enough’, showing that he still had a sense of humor, saying that they should not film his rental car which he had gotten at the last minute, and was not a full-sized SUV.
Roman has relinquished the Universal Title, which will be up for grabs at Crown Jewel, in a singles match between Braun Strowman and Brock Lesnar.
He will continue his own fight against leukemia.