American professional wrestler and a former professional gridiron football player Roman Reigns has stepped away from the ring and relinquish the title to focus on fighting leukaemia disease.
Speaking during an episode of Monday Night Raw, the 33-year-old revealed that he was first diagnosed with the disease in 2008, but had been in remission. However, he said the leukaemia has since returned, meaning that he has had to give up his universal champion title belt.
“Y’all have made my dreams come true.
“It didn’t matter if you cheered me or you booed me, you’ve always reacted to me and that’s the most important thing and for that I have to say thank you so much.”
I’ve been living with leukaemia for 11 years and unfortunately it’s back,” ……“I can’t be that fighting champion and I’m going to have to relinquish the universal championship.”
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 of 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 and football was done with me.
“But do you want to know who gave me a chance – the team that gave me a chance was the WWE.
“And when I finally made it to the main roster, I was on the road and they put me in front of you, the WWE Universe, and to be honest you all have made my dreams come true.