World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) superstar Roman Reigns has opened up about being a “man of faith” and revealed that he credits the power of prayer for his cancer remission.
Reigns, whose real name is Joe Anoaʻi, stepped away from the ring last October after revealing that his leukaemia had returned after 11 years of privately battling it and being in remission. During the announcement, Reigns, a Roman Catholic, who was WWE Universal Champion at the time, relinquished his gold and said he would be on hiatus while he battled the blood cancer.
However, the father-of-three recently returned to the ring on WWE’s flagship show, WWE Raw, announcing that his leukaemia is once again in remission.
“I’m a man of faith, I’ve always believed in God, I’ve always believed that he’s favoured me and looked out for me but I’m not going to lie, before my announcement in October I was terrified, I was scared, I was insecure and I didn’t really know if I wanted to share that secret with the world,” he told fans, admitting that he was unsure what the reaction would be.
However, he said the outreach following his announcement had been “overwhelming and God sent”.
“The amount of thoughts, the amount of blessings, the amount of prayers that you sent my way is completely overwhelming and God sent, thank you so much,” he said.
Reigns, who played American football prior to his WWE career – including three years at Pensacola Catholic High School, also revealed that it wasn’t only WWE fans that showed him support.
“It was everyone, it felt like everyone who liked me, people who didn’t like me, everybody was at my aid, everybody was surrounding me with their love and support,” he said. “I’m telling you, so many people prayed for me, God’s voicemail was full to the max and I truly believe he was thinking ‘Man, what’s going on down there, all for this one guy, all these people’.
“That was the magnitude, that is how strong it was to be surrounded by your love and your grace and to be able to feel that – the strength you gave me – I can do anything with that kind of strength and love.”
Reigns said the “overwhelming support” gave him “strength”, “new life”, “new opportunity” and “a new purpose”. He said he will now use his place on the global WWE platform “to raise awareness”.
“I’m going to use it to support those who are in need just like I was,” he said.
Picture: WWE superstar Roman Reigns. (Dave Longendyke/Zuma Press/PA).