I heard some sad news last night. WWE Universal champion Roman Reigns announced that he’s relinquishing his belt because of leukemia:
“My real name is Joe and I’ve been living with leukemia for 11 years and, unfortunately, it’s back. And because the leukemia is back, I can’t fulfill my role — I can’t be that fighting champion — and I’m going to have to relinquish the Universal championship.
“I’m not going to lie, I’ll take every prayer you can send my way but I’m not looking for sympathy, I’m not looking for you to feel bad for me because I have faith.
“Very quickly, I was able to put it in remission, but I’m not gonna 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 you wanna know who gave me a chance? The team that gave me a chance was the WWE.
“This is by no means a retirement speech. I will beat this, and I will be back, so you will see me very, very soon.
I’d like to add my support and prayers to him, his family, his wife, and kids. Blessings, love, respect and great luck to you, Roman! I’m really inspired by you and am hoping for the best possible outcome. I’m sure you’ll be wearing that belt again in no time!
Be sure to check out this PSA for fatherhood he did with his daughter Joselle in 2016… it’s very sweet: