Former World Wrestling Entertainment’s (WWE) Universal champion’s odds to return in the Royal Rumble event have been slashed after several reports have emerged that claim that the star could return and even go on to win the event. Reigns has been sidelined since October 2018, when he revealed he has been battling leukemia and relinquished his title.
Leukemia is cancer which starts in blood-forming tissue, usually the bone marrow. It leads to the over-production of abnormal white blood cells, the part of the immune system which defends the body against infection.
The four-time world champion told his millions of fans that he had been diagnosed with the disease 11 years ago but was in remission, further stating that the disease has returned which means he can no longer ‘be that fighting champion’. After doing so, he also promised to make a comeback after ‘kicking leukemia’s ass once again. The time may have come now, for his return.
According to a Forbes report, the 33-year old could go on to win the Royal Rumble event of 2019.
Reigns has had a great record in the Royal Rumble show-stopper event. In 2014, he made a record-breaking number of eliminations, beating Kane’s previous record. In the following year, Reigns went on to win the event after throwing Daniel Bryan over the top rope. In the events of 2017 and 2018 as well, Reigns displayed gritty performances.
Earlier, several of his colleagues gave the indications that his health has been improving over time. Braun Strowman said, “[Roman’s] doing really well. I think he’s in Hawaii right now on vacation seeing some of his family so everything is going well with him.”
Legendary wrestler Chris Jericho also revealed about his improving condition speaking to Chris Van Vliet. “He’s doing his treatment, and I think things are going really well. I don’t really know much about leukemia. I don’t know what the endgame is as far as when you’re ‘cured,’ when it goes into remission when you can do physical matches or travel or whatever it is. But we talk to him quite a bit.