The Hardest Battle Is Ahead: WWE Star Roman Reigns Gives Up Title to Fight Leukemia

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Professional wrestler Leati Joseph Anoaʻi, whose stage name Roman Reigns, has announced that he is stepping away from the ring due to an ongoing fight against leukemia.

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Reigns, a former football player who has since become one of World Wrestling Entertainment’s (WWE) most popular personalities, announced Monday that he had been living with cancer for 11 years and that it had returned.

“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 in 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,” Reigns said in an emotional speech Monday.

The 33-year-old, whose real name is, Leati Joseph Anoa’i, made the revelation during a speech to the crowds and said he would relinquish his claim to the WWE’s Universal Championship as he focuses on battling leukemia.

“Because I will beat this, and I will be back and you will see me very, very soon. “Once again thank you so much, God bless you and I love you. Believe that.”

The crowd cheered and chanted “Roman, Roman” as he placed his Universal Title belt on the floor and left the ring.

Reigns, who hails from Florida, has been in the industry since 2010 and has previously won the Royal Rumble.

Some of the biggest names in wrestling offered their support:

“You have given us your everything including a courageously vulnerable moment. We, your WWE family, give you all of our love and support,” John Cena tweeted.

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“Stunned. I liked and respected him from the moment I met him. Sending my very best wishes and prayers for you, Joe,” Mick Foley tweeted.

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