WWE superstar Roman Reigns announces his cancer is in remission

Reigns announced in October he's battling leukemia
Posted at 6:27 PM, Feb 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-25 20:34:15-05

Just four months after he left World Wrestling Entertainment to battle leukemia, WWE superstar Roman Reigns announced his cancer is in remission.

Reigns appeared on WWE's Monday Night Raw in Atlanta to announce he is winning his fight against leukemia, which forced him to step away from WWE in October.

"We didn't just swing for the fences; we hit a home run," Reigns (real name Leati Joseph Anoaʻi) said regarding his fight against cancer. "The good news is, I'm in remission."

Reigns has been with WWE since 2010 and was one of three members of a popular faction called The Shield. He has performed in the main event at four consecutive WrestleManias.

Reigns is a three-time WWE world heavyweight champion, and he was the WWE universal champion at the time of his October announcement. He was forced to relinquish that title.

Before joining WWE, Reigns played football at Georgia Tech and had brief stints with the Minnesota Vikings and Jacksonville Jaguars of the NFL, along with the Edmonton Eskimos in the CFL.

"I’m not going to lie: I’ll take every prayer you can send my way, but I’m not looking for sympathy. I’m not looking for you to feel bad for me, because I have faith," Reigns said during his announcement in October when he revealed that this is his second battle with leukemia.

"When I was 22 years old, I was diagnosed with this, and very quickly I was able to put it in remission. But I’m not going to lie: that was the hardest time of my life. I didn’t have a job, I didn’t have any money, I didn’t have a home, and I had a baby on the way. And football was done with me. But you want to know who gave me a chance? The team that gave me a chance was the WWE," he said.

It remains unclear when Reigns will return to WWE as an active in-ring performer.