Roman Reigns opened up about the type of leukemia he had and revealed more health details on the latest episode of Chronicle on WWE Network.
Roman states at the top of the documentary:
“I was at a live event, I believe it was either a Saturday or a Sunday, and I just remember one of our doctors telling me that something was going on with my blood tests. And they wanted to do another one because they thought something was off. So I went in and did another one and then I remember going to TV on Monday. I remember one of the refs coming up to me and usually they’ll be like ‘you’re needed in TR [Talent Relations], Mark [Carrano] wants to see you.’ And I’m like ‘ah yeah, whatever. I’ll be there when I get there.’
But this time they’re like ‘Hey, Dr. Amann, the medical staff want to see you.’ And so I knew something was up. But I still in my head didn’t truly believe it. It was just like, ‘Ah, something weird. You’ll be fine. blah blah blah.
But when I got there, I could tell. The whole crew was in there. And they broke the news that my white blood cell count as obviously elevated. We could point fingers in certain directions, but with my history they kinda already knew what was going on.
Kinda the quickest thing that hit me was the fact that I’d have to drop the title.
Additional details revealed during the documentary include:
- The first few months into treatment he couldn’t move very much, but Roman began working out once he “got his feet under” him again.
- Roman says he called Vince to give him the remission news. They then began planning his return and Roman went to the Performance Center to meet with doctors/take bumps.
- Reigns reveals he had CML Leukemia — aka chronic myeloid leukemia — which was caught in the early stages. “It’s pretty much where you wanna catch this disease, this illness, and pretty much for me there’s a pill that they make. They make an oral chemotherapy. There’s a few different types now. When I first started there was just one.”
- “It’s not like taking Advil. It’s nothing like taking radiation and true chemotherapy, but it does have its side effects. It does have its nastiness about it. But at the end of the day, if you’re lucky enough to just take a pill, I think you’re ahead of the game.”
- Roman says he truly didn’t know if he’d be coming back to WWE when he announced he’d be taking a hiatus to battle leukemia. He claims this is because of his age, his family and how it’s hard to stay healthy on the road as it is when you’re not fighting an illness on top of it.
WWE Chronicle on Roman Reigns is AVAILABLE NOW on WWE Network.