You only need look to the faces of his Shield brothers Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins to know how the wrestling world is reacting to Roman Reigns’ shocking announcement that he’s taking a leave of absence from WWE due to his leukemia coming out of the remission its been in since 2008.
We’re all somewhere between Ambrose’s stunned stare and Rollins’ devastated tears...
The important face to look to is that of Reigns, or should I say Joe Anoa’i. He’s crushed, and well aware of the battle ahead, but still determined. He certainly has a lot of support. Not just from Dean & Seth, but the WWE Universe and the greater wrestling world.
‘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
@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
Fight on to victory my courageous brother! pic.twitter.com/wuYAoxa48p— Bret Hart (@BretHart) October 23, 2018
Just saw the @WWERomanReigns news. Absolutely heartbreaking. Roman is one of nicest guys I have ever met in this business and was a pleasure every time I had the pleasure to work with him. My best wishes to him!— John Layfield (@JCLayfield) October 23, 2018
.@WWERomanReigns you are the definition of what it means to be a leader and a champion and one of the toughest lads on the planet. We are all behind you and sending love. You will beat this. #ThankYouRoman— Rebecca Quin (@BeckyLynchWWE) October 23, 2018
♥️ THANKYOU, @WWERomanReigns. Praying for you and your family.— Nattie (@NatbyNature) October 23, 2018
.... He will fight, he will win, he will return stronger, and I will be waiting....— Samoa Joe (@SamoaJoe) October 23, 2018
Roman is one of the best I’ve ever been in the ring with and one of the guys I respect and look up to the most in this industry.— . (@FightOwensFight) October 23, 2018
My thoughts are with him and his family. I can’t wait to see him overcome this and get to share a locker room with him again soon.#ThankYouRoman
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.— Sami Zayn (@SamiZayn) October 23, 2018
Lots of love.
Love you @wweromanreigns You taught me so much about what it means to be a superstar here. Can’t wait to see you back ❤️— $asha Banks (@SashaBanksWWE) October 23, 2018
Love ya Uce— Fandango (@WWEFandango) 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.— Karl Anderson (@KarlAndersonWWE) October 23, 2018
My family throwing so many prayers at you..
Love you bro.
Our job gives us the ability to portray larger than life characters who possess super human qualities and characteristics.— Johnny Gargano (@JohnnyGargano) October 23, 2018
After hearing his story it's very apparent that Joe Anoa'i is just as much of a superhero as "Roman Reigns" is.#ThankYouRoman
My thoughts & prayers go out to @WWERomanReigns & his family. Breaks my heart but praying & believing for a speedy & full recovery.— CJ (Lana) Perry (@LanaWWE) October 23, 2018
Sending my thoughts and prayers your way @WWERomanReigns ... Thank you and stay strong!— Mandy (@WWE_MandyRose) October 23, 2018
Thank you Roman my love and prayers go out to you and your family we are with you!— Daria Berenato (@SonyaDevilleWWE) October 23, 2018
He’s our locker room leader.— Singh Brothers (@SinghBrosWWE) October 23, 2018
He IS the business.
He’ll be back.
You got this, champ. #ThankYouRoman
Sorry to hear about Roman. I know he’s gonna kick this things butt!! #Believedat— The One And Only! (@KingRicochet) October 23, 2018
You’re our Universal Champion. We are with you every step of the way brother.— FlatBacker Dilly (@WWEDillinger) 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
@WWERomanReigns’ success was something I aspired for myself since he was an all-conference DT at Georgia Tech over a decade ago. I think of how much he’s achieved but far more importantly, I think of his family & loved ones. All the love and strength in beating this, Big Uce.— Florida Man (@WWEBigE) October 23, 2018
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”I want to show my family, my friends, my children and my wife that when life throws a curveball at me, I am the type of man that will stand in that batter’s box, I will crowd the plate, I will choke up and I will swing for the fences every single time!” -@WWERomanReigns #ThankYouRoman for being a true Champion and a beacon of light, hope and courage for us all.
His real name is Joe & he’s a stand up guy! Inside the ring one of the best I’ve battled with. Outside the ring one of the most genuine people I have ever met & learned from. See you soon good brother #ThankYouRoman ( ..and he smells great)— Finn Bálor forEVERYone (@FinnBalor) October 23, 2018
Nothing but love and respect for @WWERomanReigns— TJ Wilson (@TJWilson) October 23, 2018
I’ve really enjoyed working together over the past year, I can’t wait till he’s back kicking ass where he belongs. Thoughts and prayers are with you ❤️
Hopped on Twitter and saw the news about Roman Reigns. All of professional wrestling is hoping for your good health & speedy recovery, @WWERomanReigns. Good luck, sir.— Christopher Daniels (@facdaniels) October 23, 2018
Love, support and prayers are with my uce @WWERomanReigns. He has overcome and conquered this before and will again.— Court Bauer (@courtbauer) October 23, 2018
Just want to say that was a wonderful speech by Roman Reigns and I hope everyone says more than a few prayers for him.— Dave Meltzer (@davemeltzerWON) October 23, 2018
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