WWE Star Roman Reigns Reveals His Leukemia Is in Remission: 'The Big Dog Is Back!'

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Roman Reigns returned to WWE's Monday Night Raw for the first time in four months to reveal that he's made some major strides in his leukemia battle.

The 33-year-old stepped into the ring at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia, where he was showered with love and support from his fans in the crowd, and he got emotional as he shared his good news.

"I’m probably gonna say this a lot, but I’m gonna start off by saying thank you," said Reigns, whose real name is Leati Joseph Anoaʻi. "I missed y’all. I’m serious. I missed y’all. There is no other job like this. There’s no other fan base like you guys.”

"I am so grateful, I am so honored and I am so humbled to announce this… the good news is I'm in remission," Reigns announced to the loudly cheering crowd. "So, with that being said, the big dog is back!"

Reigns first announced that his leukemia, which he's been battling for over a decade, had returned last October, when he addressed the audience during Monday Night Raw and announced that he'd be relinquishing his WWE Universal Championship title.

"I've been living with leukemia for 11 years. Unfortunately, it's back, and because the leukemia is back, I cannot fulfill my role, I can't be that fighting champion. And I'm gonna have to relinquish my Universal Championship," Reigns announced at the time.

"I'm not gonna lie, I'll take every prayer you can send my way," he continued. "But I'm not looking for sympathy, I'm not looking for you to feel bad for me, because I have faith."

Returning to the ring isn't the only thing Reigns is looking forward to. The WWE star will also soon be appearing alongside fellow professional wrestler-turned-movie star Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in the upcoming Fast & Furious spin-off, Hobbs & Shaw.

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The brothers’ roar. A lil’ HOBBS & SHAW exclusive. Good times droppin’ sweat and spillin’ blood with my family, @RomanReigns who’ll be playing my brother in our FAST & FURIOUS UNIVERSE. I’m very proud of his focus, effort and authentic performance in our movie for his very first time on film. I’m also very grateful to spend this quality time with my cousin here in the islands as he takes life one day at a time to recover from leukemia. His perseverance and humility battling this challenge has inspired our entire family as well as millions around the world in our beloved @WWE Universe. Can’t wait to see the “Big Dog” return back to the ring - his positive & focused mindset to return is straight up next level. Til’ then, this sacred Samoan 🇼🇸 ground you stand on is nourished with our ancestors blood. Today, we nourish it with yours. #WelcomeRomanReigns #Brothers #HobbsAndShaw THIS SUMMER 🔥💪🏾 @hhgarcia41 📸

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Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw hits theaters on Aug. 2.

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