• OLD SCHOOL HISTORY (February 26, 1996) – WCW MONDAY NITRO
On this day in 1996, Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling aired another LIVE episode of their weekly TV show ‘WCW MONDAY NITRO’.
It was broadcasted from the the Knoxville Civic Coliseum in Knoxville, Tennessee and featured matches, interviews & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WCW Uncensored 1996’ PPV.
The card can be found here:
1. Sting vs. Big Bubba Rogers
2. Lex Luger vs. The Renegade
3. The Road Warriors vs. Harlem Heat
4. Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage & Brutus Beefcake vs. Ric Flair, Arn Anderson & Kevin Sullivan
WATCH: The Undertaker Burned During His Entrance Live On PPV:
• Leukaemia Patient Reacts To Some Fans Saying Roman Reigns’ Leukemia Diagnosis Was A Work
As seen on last night’s episode of RAW, “The Big Dog” Roman Reigns returned to WWE programming and announced that he’s in remission.
While majority of wrestling fans are happy for Reigns, some fans believe this was a “work” (storyline) to get Reigns over.
Kris Griffin, Leukaemia patient and a trustee for Leukaemia Care, wrote a story about having the same kind of blood cancer as Reigns and had the following to say about fans thinking WWE/Reigns faked it:
“Roman’s remission appears to be too good to be true. Looking great with all of his hair, five months after diagnosis doesn’t fit in with the traditional narrative of a blood cancer patient. Cancer doesn’t work like that, does it?
Actually, yes, some blood cancers do. I’ve had a similar type of blood cancer to Roman called chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) for 11 years now. I take a small white tablet every morning called a tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) and it puts my leukaemia back in its box on a molecular level. I’ve had bad days where I’ve felt tired or a bit sick but I’ve carried on. I work full time in education and haven’t taken a day off sick through anything related to the leukaemia.
It took me about 9 months to reach a haematological level of remission, in that my blood looked OK. It took 6 years to get to a molecular level of remission and now my leukaemia is pretty much undetectable. I’ve never lost my hair and I’ve never had traditional chemotherapy.
You see where I’m going with this? Roman is an elite athlete and it might surprise you that I’m not. We’ve both fought our leukaemia in our own way and in our own timeframe. But there is one thing that I guarantee will annoy any leukaemia patient who is in remission, that’s someone saying, ‘well, you don’t look sick!’
Right now, that’s happening online. Can’t we celebrate Roman looking great and happy or would we prefer him hooked up to a drip, pushed out in a wheelchair? That’s our traditional view and if our traditional view has been upended, it isn’t a lie.
The treatment that has given Roman and me our lives back was hailed in 2001 by Time Magazine as the magic bullet for cancer. Times are changing, we’re the trailblazers and millions of people are now living because of that little white tablet.
They aren’t having devastating does of chemotherapy and in most cases, after taking the tablet they are able to go to work or smash someone around in a wrestling ring. It’s still not perfect, some people get side effects from the drugs but as the treatment improves, so will the quality of life.
But, let’s not forget, and Roman knows this all too well, leukaemia can relapse,” Griffin noted. “We’re all living on a knife edge from appointment to appointment. My appointments are six months apart and I still get nervous, I’m sure that I always will. It’s a strange way to live…but it’s better than the alternative.”