Roman Reigns: WWE Superstar opens up on thoughts before sharing Leukaemia Secret with the rest of the world. Offers advice to people who suffer from similar tragedies in life.
Roman Reigns has long been a polarizing figure in wrestling. He was seen as a future star by the management and was pushed as such. The fans were however not having any of it. It was not that Roman was a bad wrestler. He was just a representation of everything Vince to the fans, and they hated that.
However, it all changed one night. Instead of his wrestling gear, he walked out wearing a T-shirt and Jeans. He dropped a bombshell on the crowd by revealing that he was suffering from Leukaemia. It was then that the people started seeing him as a human too. That night Roman Reigns never walked out; it was Joe Anoaʻi instead, who was addressing the crowd.
In an interview with BBC Radio 5 Live he revealed:
“It was a night of mixed emotions. You know, on one hand. I was terrified, you know, because I’m sharing this news with the whole world. A huge wave of opinions and you know criticism I knew was going to be coming my way but on the other hand, I was excited to finally be able to share, you know, this huge part of me, something I’ve kind of held as a secret and to be honest. Once I made the announcement, once I felt the crowd and then on top of that once the night was over and then I got the feedback through the social media Twitter Instagram all the above the outpour of love and support is what really, you know made it made it known to me that this was the right thing to do.”
The more the merrier
When asked what advice would he give someone who found themselves in a situation where they felt like they were drowning.
The Big Dog replied:
“When you’re drowning, you want to reach out to people and a lot of times you can pull them down. You can be a hindrance to another person but this is a different type of water. This is one of those places where the more the merrier, the bigger the support system. I don’t think you can never have too much help. I don’t think your support system can be too great, or you can ever share your story too much as long as it’s you know, reaching out to someone, as long as it’s helping somebody, as long as it’s giving someone just a little tear of Hope, as long as somebody can read into what what’s going on with you and they can look at that and say maybe I can make it too.”
Roman Reigns made his successful return to the ring in February this year and has been a regular since then. He has been nominated for the Best Real-Life Hero for his heartwarming return at the 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards. The Big Dog will face Shane McMahon at the WWE Super Showdown on June 7th.