In October 2018, Roman Reigns relinquished the Universal Championship and took a medical hiatus to battle returning leukemia. Four months later, The Big Dog returned to WWE, having put the disease in remission.
While the WWE Universe is overjoyed to have Reigns running the show again, the sad reality is that his wrestling career has been drastically shortened by leukemia. As noted by The Big Dog himself, he only has 2 to 5 years left in the ring after which his plan is to pursue a career in Hollywood.
During a recent interview with Wrestling Inc., 16-time World Champion Ric Flair revealed that he was absolutely shocked by Reigns’ heartbreaking announcement on RAW.
“It’s like when Roman came out and told the world that he had leukemia. I was just there the week before and I never heard anything about it. I was like, ‘Holy Christ. How do I not know this?'”
“The bloodwork had come back on Roman. It was that fast and they had a couple of days [to set up his Raw announcement]. But look at him now. Up and running and an incredible gift of the look. He’s got everything you need in wrestling.”
Since his return from leukemia, Reigns has stayed away from the World Title picture. However, that’s set to change as rumors suggest that The Big Dog is in line for a huge push this WrestleMania season and that might as well hint at his 4th WWE Championship victory at the Show Of Shows next year.
“With your health, I take all of that stuff really seriously because I’ve dealt with it enough. Not cancer, but I’ve been in a position where nothing was guaranteed. I tell him all the time – because he does commercials for charities – with him doing them they become sentimental. It’s really good and coming from him, it’s very special.”
Reigns defends his yard against King Corbin in a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match this Sunday at WWE TLC.