Roman Reigns kicked off RAW tonight and stunned everyone by announcing that he is battling Leukemia again after having beat the disease when he was 22.

Reigns announced that he’s going home to be with his family and to beat it again, but stressed that he was not retiring and that he’d return once he beat it. As a result, Reigns laid the Universal Championship down in the ring and relinquished the title.

Roman shared an embrace with his Shield brothers on the stage.

WWE issued the following statement:

Tonight on Monday Night Raw, Roman Reigns (aka Joe Anoa’i) announced that he is relinquishing the WWE Universal Championship and taking a leave of absence from WWE as he once again fights leukemia, which had been in remission since late 2008. Reigns is taking his battle with leukemia public in an effort to raise awareness and funds for research in order to advance cures for the disease.

On behalf of everyone here at Vortainment, our prayers are with Roman Reigns and we wish him the best as he fights Leukemia again.

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