WWE star Roman Reigns relinquishes belt after announcing leukemia diagnosis
We wish him all the best.
Leati Joseph Anoa'i, known to WWE fans as Roman Reigns, opened up the broadcast of Monday Night Raw by announcing that he has leukemia. He has been battling it for 11 years.
Reigns made the announcement saying his leukemia was back, and that he wouldn't be able to carry out his duties as a wrestler and will have to relinquish the Universal Championship.
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"You know the deal, you know how life is," Reigns said. "Life is not fair, it's not all peaches and cream. Sometimes life throws you a curve ball. And right now the best thing for me to do is to go home, to focus on my family and my health.
Reigns said he'd be heading home to focus on his health and treatment saying: "I will beat this, I will be back, and you will see me very, very soon."
"But I want to make one thing clear, by no means is this a retirement speech," he said. "Because after I'm done whooping leukemia's ass once again I'm coming back home. And when I do, it's not just going to be about titles and being on top, no it's about a purpose.
"I am coming back because I want to show all of you, the whole world, I want to show my family, my friends, my children and my wife, that when life throws a curve ball 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."