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Roman Reigns Made A Success Of Himself Despite Living With Leukemia For 11 Years

Roman Reigns Made A Success Of Himself Despite Living With Leukemia For 11 Years

We're all told to never judge a book by its cover - mainly because you never know what people have been through or the battles they have faced.

On Monday night, Roman Reigns shocked the WWE Universe fans across the globe with the revelation that he's been living with leukemia for 11 years and it's returned - meaning that he's been forced to relinquish his title as the Universal Champion of the WWE.

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But he also gave us some insight into the last decade when he explained that he was first diagnosed at the age of 22.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

During the emotional speech, he confessed: "When I was 22 years old I was diagnosed with this and very quickly I was able to put it into remission. But I'm not going to lie, that was the hardest time of my life.

"I didn't have a job, I didn't have any money, I didn't have a home and I had a baby on the way."

He added: "But do you want to know who gave me a chance? The team that gave me a chance was the WWE. And when I finally made it to the main roster and I was on the road they put my in front of all of you, the WWE Universe and to be honest, y'all have made my dreams come true."

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The 'chance' he humbly says the WWE gave him, was grasped and he became one of the hardest working performers.

The father-of-three, whose real name is Leati Joseph Anoaʻi, is four-time world champion - having held the WWE World Heavyweight Championship three times and the Universal Championship once.

He was the 2015 Royal Rumble winner and the 2014 Superstar of the Year.

Many fans of the WWE have opted to boo him over the years, something which he addressed in the tear-jerking speech.

He pointed out: "And it didn't matter if you cheered me, it didn't matter if you booed me, you've always reacted to me and that's the most important thing and for that I have to say thank you so much."

He made it clear to us all that he was not making a retirement speech and it's definitely one battle each and every fan of the WWE hopes he wins - whether they like him or not.

For now we will wait and let him continue 'whooping' leukemia's ass once again.

In a parting note, he said: "I'm coming back because I want to show all of you, the whole world, my family, my friends, my children and my wife, that when life throws a curveball at me, I am the type of man that will stand in that batter's box, I will crowd the plate, I will choke up and I will swing for the fences every single time.

"Because I will beat this, and I will be back and you will see me very, very soon."

What a LAD.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Celebrity, News, WWE, Cancer

Rebecca Shepherd

I'm Becky - a journalist at LADbible. I graduated with a First Class BA in Journalism before going on to cover criminal court cases, medical tribunals and breaking news for the national media - which inevitably and eventually became as glum as it sounds. Can often be found rocking a bag for life - which I made a 'thing' way before Rihanna. You can contact me at [email protected]

 

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