Viewers who tuned into tonight’s episode of WWE’s Monday Night RAW were stunned to learn of the news that WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns will vacate his title to step away from the ring to battle leukemia.
Reigns addressed the fans in attendance in Providence, R.I. and at home at the top of the show and revealed he had previously battled leukemia when he was 22 and that he learned recently the cancer had returned.
@WWERomanReigns has to relinquish the Universal Championship due to a battle with leukemia. #Raw https://t.co/EhomllNwjK
Many past and present WWE superstars took to Twitter to lend their support to Reigns.
'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. #ThankYouRoman #NeverGiveUp
An amazing human being, an incredible performer & a man I'm proud to be friends with. My thoughts & prayers are with you & your family. Get well soon, champ! #ThankYouRoman https://t.co/jL1Q5dVvzs
He will fight, he will win, he will return stronger, and I will be waiting....
I'm overseas and I just heard the terrible news about @WWERomanReigns and his battle with Leukemia. Totally shocked. Uce, you are a tough bastard and a true fighter, and you will beat this. Lots of love.
Roman is one of the best I've ever been in the ring with and one of the guys I respect and look up to the most in this industry. My thoughts are with him and his family. I can't wait to see him overcome this and get to share a locker room with him again soon.
We been here for u, and will stay here for u. Day one uce. We love you. @WWERomanReigns #ThankYouRoman
Fight on to victory my courageous brother!
Roman Reigns exemplifies everything I believe a true leader should be. Proud to have shared a locker room with him, and I'll be proud to share it with him again after he wins this battle. #ThankYouRoman
Wow...that's a lot to take in. Strength and well wishes. https://t.co/B7LOAvONK9
Our job gives us the ability to portray larger than life characters who possess super human qualities and characteristics. After hearing his story it's very apparent that Joe Anoa'i is just as much of a superhero as "Roman Reigns" is. #ThankYouRoman
About to board my flight to Newark and hearing news about my #GoodBrother and one of the hardest working, strongest brothers I know @WWERomanReigns , got a pit in my stomach. My family throwing so many prayers at you.. Love you bro.
Sorry to hear about Roman. I know he's gonna kick this things butt!! #Believedat
@WWERomanReigns My Family And I Are Thinking Of You And Are Keeping You In Our Prayers! We Are Here For You! ????????????????????????
Strongest thoughts and wishes with @WWERomanReigns - no one stronger and no one more capable of beating this. #ThankYouRoman
Thank you @WWERomanReigns, we are with you! #ThankYouRoman #RAW
♥️ THANKYOU, @WWERomanReigns. Praying for you and your family.
Selfless. Humble. The Man. #ThankYouRoman
Roman is one of the nicest people I've ever had the privilege to share a locker room with. We all knew he was the locker room leader and we all aspired to be like him. Come back stronger than ever my friend #ThankYouRoman @WWERomanReigns
My heart right now .... Prayers for @WWERomanReigns ???????????? https://t.co/9sqk0KfFnP
If there's anyone that can beat this, it's @WWERomanReigns. Thank you for everything. @WWE
Sending my thoughts and prayers your way @WWERomanReigns ... Thank you and stay strong! ????????????????
You're our Universal Champion. We are with you every step of the way brother.
Thank you Roman ???? my love and prayers go out to you and your family ???? we are with you!
You got this. #ThankYouRoman
Good luck and here is to seeing you soon #BigDog @WWERomanReigns https://t.co/x04mcBQN6T
He's our locker room leader. He IS the business. He'll be back. You got this, champ. #ThankYouRoman
I've said it for a long time! @WWERomanReigns is the best wrestler on the planet! #ThankYouRoman #RAW
You got this homie ???????? #ThankYouRoman
Just saw the @WWERomanReigns news. Absolutely heartbreaking. Roman is one of nicest guys I have ever met in this business and was a pleasure every time I had the pleasure to work with him. My best wishes to him!
My prayers are with you & your family @WWERomanReigns ❤️???? #ThankYouRoman
ThankYouRoman ???????? We luv you man. You got this!
Everyone's behind you, Big Dog. #ThankYouRoman https://t.co/rCDMCJv1IC
You will beat this again my friend. All my love to you and your family. @WWERomanReigns