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Roman Reigns, star of the professional fight, emotionally said goodbye to the ring on Monday night and revealed that her leukemia has returned after being treated initially 11 years ago.
Reigns, 33, whose real name is Leati Joseph Anoa'i, announced to fans in Providence, Rhode Island, during a "WWE Raw" episode that he was giving up his champion belt and taking a break while receiving treatment.
"The reality is that my name is Joe and I have been living with leukemia for 11 years and, unfortunately, has returned," he said while holding back the tears. "Because the leukemia is back, I can not fulfill my role, I can not be the champion of combat and I will have to give up the universal championship.
"I'm not going to lie, I'll take all the prayers you can send, but I'm not looking for sympathy, I'm not looking for you to feel bad for me, because I have faith."
The former Georgia Tech football star has been a professional wrestler for eight years and has become one of WWE's most popular stars. On Monday he told the crowd that he had been diagnosed with leukemia for the first time at age 22 during a difficult period in his life.
"Very quickly, I could put it in remission, but I'm not going to lie: that was the most difficult moment of my life," he said. money, I had no home and had a baby on the way, and football ended with me.
"But you want to know who gave me the opportunity? The team that gave me the opportunity was the WWE."
Anoa'i, whose announcement vacated the WWE Universal Championship, promised to fight again soon.
"This is by no means a retirement speech," he said. "I'm going to get over this and I'll be back, so you'll see me very, very soon."
Many of WWE's biggest stars expressed their support for him using the #ThankYouRoman hashtag.