Reigns revealed that Leukemia, which he was diagnosed with at age 22 and managed to keep at bay for the last 11 years, has now returned forcing him to relinquish the Universal Championship and go home to carry on with his treatment.
Reigns’ indefinite leave of absence to fight against leukemia forced WWE to change the Triple Threat Universal Championship Match at Crown Jewel to a typical 1-on-1 matchup featuring Brock Lesnar and Braun Strowman. The inevitable result following this announcement is the fact that the WWE Universe will be getting a new Universal Champ on November 2, 2018.
WWE posted a backstage video that features Superstars hugging and showing love to Reigns.
Reigns won the Universal Championship at SummerSlam this year after pinning Brock Lesnar for the first time in his career. Little did anyone know that fate would have other plans for The Big Dog.
Following Reigns’ announcement on RAW, WWE Superstars from the past and present including Hall of Famers showered in tweets to show love, support and send prayers and wishes to The Big Dog.
‘Courage – strength in the face of pain or grief.’ You have given us your everything including a courageously vulnerable moment. We, your WWE family, give you all of our love and support. #ThankYouRoman #NeverGiveUp
— John Cena (@JohnCena) October 23, 2018
…. He will fight, he will win, he will return stronger, and I will be waiting….
— Samoa Joe (@SamoaJoe) October 23, 2018
— ???? ??? (@MontezFordWWE) October 23, 2018
— Bianca Belair (@BiancaBelairWWE) October 23, 2018
We luv you man. You got this!
— Zelina Vega (@Zelina_VegaWWE) October 23, 2018
Wow…that's a lot to take in. Strength and well wishes. https://t.co/B7LOAvONK9
— Beast Lee (@RealKeithLee) October 23, 2018
— Billie Kay (@BillieKayWWE) October 23, 2018
Our job gives us the ability to portray larger than life characters who possess super human qualities and characteristics.
After hearing his story it's very apparent that Joe Anoa'i is just as much of a superhero as "Roman Reigns" is.#ThankYouRoman
— Johnny Gargano (@JohnnyGargano) October 23, 2018
I'm overseas and I just heard the terrible news about @WWERomanReigns and his battle with Leukemia. Totally shocked. Uce, you are a tough bastard and a true fighter, and you will beat this.
Lots of love.
— Sami Zayn (@SamiZayn) October 23, 2018
You got this homie ?? #ThankYouRoman
— KALISTO (@KalistoWWE) October 23, 2018
— Best Kept Secret is Coming (@WWE_Murphy) October 23, 2018
— Matt Hardy, REDEFINED (@MATTHARDYBRAND) October 23, 2018
He’s our locker room leader.
He IS the business.
He’ll be back.
You got this, champ. #ThankYouRoman
— Singh Brothers (@SinghBrosWWE) October 23, 2018
Roman is one of the nicest people I’ve ever had the privilege to share a locker room with. We all knew he was the locker room leader and we all aspired to be like him. Come back stronger than ever my friend #ThankYouRoman @WWERomanReigns
— Mike Kanellis (@RealMikeBennett) October 23, 2018
Sending my thoughts and prayers your way @WWERomanReigns … Thank you and stay strong! ????
— Mandy (@WWE_MandyRose) October 23, 2018
About to board my flight to Newark and hearing news about my #GoodBrother and one of the hardest working, strongest brothers I know @WWERomanReigns , got a pit in my stomach.
My family throwing so many prayers at you..
Love you bro.
— Karl Anderson (@KarlAndersonWWE) October 23, 2018
There are many kids as well as adults out there battling disease, who look up to @WWERomanReigns as the superhero he portrays on tv for strength.Joe has defeated leukemia in the past & will do the same now-as he is also a superhero in real life.Get well soon, you’ve got this Uce. pic.twitter.com/sa9D87ZUhU
— Justin Roberts (@JustinRoberts) October 23, 2018
Prayers go out to @WWERomanReigns Guerrero Family is with you, Uce!
— Chavo Guerrero jr. (@mexwarrior) October 23, 2018
— Scott Armstrong (@WWEArmstrong) October 23, 2018
— Hurricane Helms (@ShaneHelmsCom) October 23, 2018
— The Usos (@WWEUsos) October 23, 2018
— Booker T. Huffman (@BookerT5x) October 23, 2018
@WWERomanReigns My Family And I Are Thinking Of You And Are Keeping You In Our Prayers! We Are Here For You! ??????
— Ric Flair® (@RicFlairNatrBoy) October 23, 2018
It’s evident that WWE has to overhaul its plans leading to Survivor Series, Royal Rumble and WrestleMania as Reigns was originally billed to walk into WrestleMania 35 as the reigning Universal Champion.
A heel Strowman and part-time Lesnar could hurt the Universal Championship’s image to a great extent.