On Monday’s edition of WWE Monday Night Raw, Roman Reigns made his return to WWE after being away since October 2018, when he publicly announced that he had been fighting leukemia for 11 years that had suddenly returned.
.@ABC NEWS EXCLUSIVE: @WWE superstar @WWERomanReigns talks with @RobinRoberts about his leukemia battle and support from fans, “We’re striving to be role models.” https://t.co/LUKfafEEKb pic.twitter.com/GUkrGQZwmu
— Good Morning America (@GMA) February 26, 2019
During the opening segment of the broadcast, Reigns thanked the fans around the world for all of their love and support, then announced that he has officially gone into remission from his leukemia.
Reigns, whose real name is Leati Joseph Anoa’i, was 11 years into his management of leukemia when doctors told him it had returned late last year. He had not previously announced the diagnosis, and so that October show was crushing, and then subdued, and eventually took a turn for the awkward. Monday presented a far different scene—the crowd was euphoric, and interrupted Reigns’s speech with a rousing chant of “welcome back,” “you deserve it,” and “thank you, Roman.”
Reigns further announced that because of his remission, he was now back in WWE.
— WWE (@WWE) February 26, 2019