On a Monday night Raw episode on 22nd October, Reigns dropped a bomb on his WWE fans when he opened up about having Leukemia, a form of blood cancer, and the fact that he was battling it for the past 11 years and how despite various measures his doctors and he took, the cancer had resurfaced.
Reigns had announced that he would have to give up his title and go underground in order to completely focus on his illness and come back stronger.
“I am coming back because I want to show all of you, the whole world… that when life throws a curveball at me… I will always swing for the fences,” the wrestler had said before walking away into darkness after he respectfully placed his championship belt on the centre of the ring.
It was an emotional moment and even the toughest of wrestlers in Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins looked too overwhelmed to hold back their tears as they embraced their SHIELD teammate and sympathy and love.
Reigns had also showed his appreciation for all those who cheered and prayed for his good health:
Thank you to everyone who's reached out...I can't put into words what it means to me.
Your energy and positivity motivate me to get better quickly to get back in the ring, but for now I'm going to spend time with my family and focus on health.
Thank you - Joe/Roman
Now, last week we told you that Roman Reigns, the 'Big Dog' will make his first appearance on the WWE ever since he had to relinquish his WWE Universal Championship four months ago as WWE CEO Vince McMahon tweeted letting everyone know that the Samoan wrestler will officially return to the ring on Monday to give an update on his war against Leukemia.February 21, 2019
And boy, did Roman Reigns make a comeback! On Monday, 'The Guy' climbed the steps of the most celebrated wrestling ring in the world, brought the microphone closer to his mouth and with a huge smile on his face said: “The good news is I am in remission, y'all!”.February 26, 2019
Every single member of the WWE Universe, regardless of how much they loved or hated his in-ring character, cheered the loudest for the athlete's painful victory over the disease to make of one of the biggest WWE pops of 2019.
The impact of Roman Reigns' struggle was reflected on social media as well as #RomanReigns was trending all over the world!February 26, 2019 February 26, 2019 February 26, 2019 February 26, 2019 February 26, 2019
Cried like a baby the night you made your announcement & I cried like a baby tonight but with a smile on my face. & happiness in my heart.....WELCOME BACK!!!!! #RomanReigns— Sharon Britt (@SharonB77486918) February 26, 2019