Former World Wrestling Entertainment champion Roman Reigns made his return to the ring Monday night, months after having to relinquish his title in order to battle Leukemia. He credited the power of prayer for his speedy recovery.
Reigns, whose real name is Joe Anoaʻi, announced in October that he would take a hiatus to fight blood cancer, which he has been living with since the age of 22. He vowed to “swing for the fences” and make a triumphant return one day.
That day came sooner than expected. It was Monday night in Atlanta, Georgia when he kicked off the company’s flagship weekly television program RAW with great news. The 33-year-old father of three told the chanting crowd that he did more than just swing for the fences, he “hit a home run.” He assured the fans that his cancer is in remission.
“I am probably going to say this a lot but I am going to start out by saying thank you,” he told the crowd, followed by an ovation. “I miss y’all. … There is no other job like this. There is no other fanbase like you guys.”
Despite being a man of faith, Reigns admitted that before he made his announcement in October, he was scared and insecure. He didn’t want to tell the world about his condition.
But after going public with his illness, Reigns said he received an outpouring of support greater than he ever could have imagined.
“I mean between people texting me and calling me and tweeting me, Instagramming me, Facebooking me — if there was a way to get to me, y’all figured out how to do it,” he explained. “The amount of thoughts, the number of blessings, the amount of prayers that you sent my way is completely overwhelming and God-sent. Thank you so much.”
Reigns stressed that the support and prayers were not just from WWE fans but from others outside the wrestling universe as well.
“It was everyone: people who liked me and people who didn’t like me. Everyone was at my aid and everyone was surrounding me with their love and support,” he said. “I am telling you that so many people prayed for me that God’s voicemail was full … to the max.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith