• On This Day In Pro Wrestling History (October 23, 2000) – Old School WWF Legend Passed Away
On this day in 2000, we lost Old School WWF Legend Yokozuna (Real name: Rodney Anoai) at the young age of 34 due to pulmonary edema.
During his time in the World Wrestling Federation (1992-1996), Yoko won 2 WWF World Heavyweight Titles and 2 WWF World Team Titles.
In 2012, Yokozuna was posthumously inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by The Usos.
REST IN PEACE!
• Kevin Owens Posts An Emotional Message After Hearing Roman Reigns’ News
“The Big Dog” Roman Reigns is no longer Universal Champion as he relinquished the Title on RAW as he revealed that he has been living with leukemia for 11 years and it’s back.
Reigns delivered an emotional promo in the opening segment of RAW and received a standing ovation from the fans and even a “Thank You Roman” chant.
Below is what Reigns said in his emotional promo:
“I feel like I owe everyone an apology.
For months, maybe even a whole year, I’ve come out here as Roman Reigns and said I’d come out here every week, that I’d be a fighting champion, that I was going to be consistent, that I was going to be a workhorse – but that’s all lies.
It’s a lie because the reality is, my real name is Joe and I’ve been living with leukemia for 11 years and unfortunately it’s back.
And because the leukemia is back I cannot fulfil my role, I can’t be that fighting champion and I’m going to have to relinquish my Universal Championship.
I’m not going to lie, I’ll take every prayer you can send my way, but I’m not looking for sympathy, I’m not looking for you to feel bad for me, because I have faith.
When I was 22 years old I was diagnosed with this. And very quickly I was able to put it in remission.
But I’m not going to lie, that was the hardest time of my life. I didn’t have a job, I didn’t have any money, I didn’t have a home and I had a baby on the way and football was done with me.
But do you want to know who gave me a chance – the team that gave me a chance was the WWE.
And when I finally made it to the main roster, I was on the road and they put me in front of you, the WWE Universe, and to be honest, you all have made my dreams come true.
And it didn’t matter if you cheered me, it didn’t matter if you booed me, you’ve always reacted to me and that is the most important thing and for that, I have to say thank you so much.
But you all know the deal and how life is. Life’s not always fair, it’s not all peaches and cream. Sometimes life throws you a curve ball.
And right now, the best thing for me is to go home, focus on my family and my health.”
Reigns received an emotional send-off backstage on RAW and it looks like this is going to be Reigns’ last WWE appearance for a while now.
You can check it out below:
Roman Reigns’ former rival, Kevin Owens, shared an emotional message on Twitter after hearing Reigns’ news.
Below is what Owens tweeted:
Roman is one of the best I’ve ever been in the ring with and one of the guys I respect and look up to the most in this industry.
My thoughts are with him and his family. I can’t wait to see him overcome this and get to share a locker room with him again soon.#ThankYouRoman
— . (@FightOwensFight) October 23, 2018
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