Roman Reigns

WWE issued a statement on Monday evening addressing the announcement by Roman Reigns that he is currently battling leukemia and will be forced to step away for now.

Reigns, who officially vacated the Universal Championship in the opening segment of RAW last night, revealed he first battled cancer at the age of 22.

You can read WWE’s full statement below.

Roman Reigns fights against leukemia

STAMFORD, Conn., October 22, 2018 – 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.