WWE Universal Champions Roman Reigns’ shock revelation to Monday Night Raw had the wrestling fraternity united behind him.
The 33-year-old told Monday Night Raw he was battling leukemia – and had been living with the disease for 11 years.
He told the shocked crowd: "My real name is Joe and I’ve been living with leukaemia for 11 years and unfortunately it’s back.
"I want to make one thing clear – by no means is this a retirement speech.
"Because once I’m done whipping leukaemia’s ass I’m coming back home."
The brave speech led to an outpouring of support for the brave wrestler with John Cena posting: ‘Courage – strength in the face of pain or grief.’ You have given us your everything including a courageously vulnerable moment.
"We, your WWE family, give you all of our love and support."
Here’s just some of the reaction…
A fight every WWE fans wants Roman Reigns to win
Mirror Online’s wrestling expert Neil Docking on what Roman Reigns brings to WWE…
Roman Reigns has been one of the most divisive figures in WWE since his ascent to the top of the card began in 2014.
He has headlined four WrestleManias in a row and become the new face of the company as Vince McMahon’s appointed successor to John Cena, but much like Cena before him, a large proportion of WWE viewers have criticised his wrestling ability and would rather boo than cheer his ‘superhero’ good guy character – rejecting WWE’s repeated efforts to establish him as a fan favourite.
That being said, the man behind the character, Leati Joseph Anoaʻi, is one of the hardest working performers in the industry today and actually an underrated talent, who consistently produces good matches against a variety of opponents, despite legitimate gripes over his booking.
The dad-of-three (who is the son of WWE Hall of Famer Sika and part of the famous Anoa’i wrestling family, which includes The Rock) also has an undeniable passion for the business and in person comes across as a very humble, respectful and warm human being, who while exuding charisma, appreciates his unique position and every opportunity he has been given, going above and beyond to make time for other people.
This is one fight every WWE fan will want him to win.
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