On Monday’s episode of Raw, the professional wrestling world was thrown for a loop. It was revealed that WWE star Roman Reigns was diagnosed with leukemia, after having initially beat it into remission several years prior. Unfortunately, the disease returned, forcing Reigns to vacate the Universal Title and take a leave of absence from the company.
His previously scheduled Triple Threat title defense against Brock Lesnar and Braun Strowman at Crown Jewel is now a one-on-one bout between Strowman and Lesnar for the vacant title. Upon Reigns’ announcement revealing his diagnosis, many fans were shocked to hear that he had battled the deadly disease before.
There had never been any reference to such a thing before, which is surprising considering how big of a star Reigns is. WWE COO Triple H was asked about this during an appearance on “Elvin Duran Show” alongside Stephanie McMahon. “The Game” revealed why Reigns’ first battle with leukemia wasn’t made public:
“Very few people knew about [his first battle]. He and I had spoken about it and this was something that he didn’t want to put out there until he had reached a certain point in his career because he didn’t want people to feel like he was being pitied or given things for a certain reason.
“He wanted to be able to come out at the end and say, ‘Look, I’ve dealt with this the whole time. You can do anything. This is not an end sentence.’ As we talked about on Monday, [I told him] ‘Life is what happens when you’re busy making plans.’
“The rest of the stuff happens and it didn’t work out the way he thought it would. It’s back and now’s the time to spread that message.”
H/T Wrestling Inc. for the transcriptions