Good news for WWE fans as ‘The Big Dog’ – Roman Reigns has announced his return to action after a four-month hiatus. In October last year, WWE superstar Reigns stunned the Monday Night Raw crowd by announcing his long battle with leukemia and relinquishing the Universal Championship belt. He once again chose the same platform as he returned to Raw on Monday to announce that his cancer has gone back into remission. Reigns says he will be returning to the ring.
More than four months after revealing he was battling leukemia, Roman Reigns — real name Joseph Anoa’i — announced he was in remission and was returning to WWE. “I’m probably going to say this a lot, but I’m going to start off by saying ‘Thank you’,” Anoa’i said. “I missed y’all. I’m serious, I missed y’all, there’s no other job like this, there’s no other fanbase like you guys. I used to say this is my yard, but this is our yard.
“Before my announcement in October, I was terrified, I was scared, I was insecure. I didn’t know if I wanted to share that secret with the world. I was scared to tell everybody because I didn’t know how you’d react. The amount of thoughts, the amount of blessings, the amount of prayers you sent me was overwhelming, it was Godsent. So many people prayed for me, God’s voicemail was full. That was how strong it was to be surrounded by you all’s love and you all’s grace.”
“I can do anything with that kind of strength and love. That overwhelming support you gave me, it gave me strength, it gave me new life, it gave me new purpose.
“When I made my announcement I said I was going to swing for the fences, we did better than y’all, we didn’t just swing for the fences, we hit a home run. When I tell you this I am so grateful, so humbled and so honored to announce this: The good news is, I’m in remission.
“So with that being said, the Big Dog is back.”
Reigns said winning and chasing titles in the sport remains important, but he is now focused on using the WWE platform to “raise awareness” about cancer “and support those who are in need just like I was.” He did not mention a potential return date, though when fans chanted “WrestleMania!” he promised he would “get to that later.”
Shief member Seth Rollins met him on the entrance ramp as he walked backstage, but Dean Ambrose did not appear. Anoa’i was also sporting a new t-shirt with his logo on it with the words “We Fight, We Believe, We Overcome.” Anoa’i spent several minutes interacting with crowd members and embracing members of his family seated ringside.
Anoa’i announced last October that he was taking time off from WWE after his leukemia resurfaced after being in remission for a decade.
“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 cannot fulfill my role, I can’t be that fighting champion [I said I would be],” Anoa’i announced at the time.
Since revealing he was battling leukemia, Reigns has been absent from WWE programming and was forced to relinquish the Universal Championship.