• OLD SCHOOL VIDEO HISTORY (October 22, 1983) – WWF Championship Wrestling
On this day in 1983, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF Wrestling Challenge’.
This episode was pre-taped at the Agricultural Hall in Allentown, Pennsylvania and featured matches, interviews & storyline segments involving the 1983 WWF Superstars.
Here’s the card:
– Rocky Johnson vs. Butcher Vachon
– Tito Santana vs. Tony Colon
– Ivan Putski vs. Bill Dixon
– The Masked Superstar vs. Steve King
– Sgt. Slaughter vs. Rocco Verona
– The Invaders vs. Isreal Matia & Bill Berger
• Wrestling World Reacts To Roman Reigns’ Battle With Leukemia
As we noted earlier tonight, “The Big Dog” Roman Reigns relinquished the Universal Championship in the opening segment of RAW because he has been living with leukemia for 11 years and it’s back.
Below is what WWE posted regarding this:
“In the opening moments of Raw, Roman Reigns emerged to announce that he had been living with leukeimia for 11 years and the disease’s return would force him to relinquish the Universal Championship and take a leave of absence from WWE.
Dressed in street clothes, The Big Dog mingled briefly with fans at ringside before dropping the persona of Roman Reigns to address the WWE Universe as Joe and detail his history of living with leukemia.
In an emotional but optimistic address, Reigns recounted his initial diagnosis and remission in late 2008 and thanked the WWE Universe for making his dreams come true. He said he was going to go home to focus on his family and health, but made one thing clear on the way out: “This is by no means a retirement speech.”
Speaking of the “faith” that had carried him through his life, Reigns promised the WWE Universe that he would return to “swing for the fences” at whatever curveballs life threw at him, with a final sign-off before a tearful embrace with The Shield atop the ramp: “I will beat this, and I will be back, so you will see me very, very soon.””
Below is how the wrestling world reacted to this sad news:
@WWERomanReigns My Family And I Are Thinking Of You And Are Keeping You In Our Prayers! We Are Here For You! ??????
— Ric Flair® (@RicFlairNatrBoy) October 23, 2018
Fight on to victory my courageous brother! pic.twitter.com/wuYAoxa48p
— Bret Hart (@BretHart) October 23, 2018
— Booker T. Huffman (@BookerT5x) October 23, 2018
— #WOKEN, yet #BROKEN, Matt Hardy (@MATTHARDYBRAND) October 23, 2018
Just saw the @WWERomanReigns news. Absolutely heartbreaking. Roman is one of nicest guys I have ever met in this business and was a pleasure every time I had the pleasure to work with him. My best wishes to him!
— John Layfield (@JCLayfield) October 23, 2018
— The Usos (@WWEUsos) October 23, 2018
View this post on Instagram
”I want to show my family, my friends, my children and my wife that when life throws a curveball at me, I am the type of man that will stand in that batter’s box, I will crowd the plate, I will choke up and I will swing for the fences every single time!” [email protected] #ThankYouRoman for being a true Champion and a beacon of light, hope and courage for us all.
Friend, you have my prayers and your family is your greatest support!! This will pass and you will come back stronger than before. Your health is what matters!! Take care of you!?? pic.twitter.com/dcbp7fSusc
— Vickie Guerrero (@VickieGuerrero) October 23, 2018
♥️ THANKYOU, @WWERomanReigns. Praying for you and your family.
— Nattie (@NatbyNature) October 23, 2018
Nothing but love and respect for @WWERomanReigns
I’ve really enjoyed working together over the past year, I can’t wait till he’s back kicking ass where he belongs. Thoughts and prayers are with you ? ❤️
— TJ Wilson (@TJWilson) October 23, 2018
His real name is Joe & he’s a stand up guy! Inside the ring one of the best I’ve battled with. Outside the ring one of the most genuine people I have ever met & learned from. See you soon good brother #ThankYouRoman ( ..and he smells great)
— Finn Bálor forEVERYone (@FinnBalor) October 23, 2018
— Lexi Kaufman (@AlexaBliss_WWE) October 23, 2018
— Dean Muhtadi (@MojoRawleyWWE) October 23, 2018
— Roderick Strong (@roderickstrong) October 23, 2018
@WWERomanReigns’ success was something I aspired for myself since he was an all-conference DT at Georgia Tech over a decade ago. I think of how much he’s achieved but far more importantly, I think of his family & loved ones. All the love and strength in beating this, Big Uce.
— Florida Man (@WWEBigE) October 23, 2018
— Aiden English (@WWEDramaKing) October 23, 2018
— Ember Moon (@WWEEmberMoon) October 23, 2018
— KAIRI SANE⚓️ (@KairiSaneWWE) October 23, 2018
You got this. #ThankYouRoman
— ONEY Lorcan (@_StarDESTROYER) October 23, 2018
Thank you Roman ? my love and prayers go out to you and your family ? we are with you!
— Daria Berenato (@SonyaDevilleWWE) October 23, 2018
About to board my flight to Newark and hearing news about my #GoodBrother and one of the hardest working, strongest brothers I know @WWERomanReigns , got a pit in my stomach.
My family throwing so many prayers at you..
Love you bro.
— Karl Anderson (@KarlAndersonWWE) October 23, 2018
Sending my thoughts and prayers your way @WWERomanReigns … Thank you and stay strong! ????
— Mandy (@WWE_MandyRose) October 23, 2018
— MELLA I$ MONEY (@CarmellaWWE) October 23, 2018
Sorry to hear about Roman. I know he’s gonna kick this things butt!! #Believedat
— The One And Only! (@KingRicochet) October 23, 2018
The Man. #ThankYouRoman
— Dash (@DashWilderWWE) October 23, 2018
You’re our Universal Champion. We are with you every step of the way brother.
— Tye Dillinger ? (@WWEDillinger) October 23, 2018
— Mustafa Ali / Adeel Alam (@MustafaAliWWE) October 23, 2018
Roman is one of the nicest people I’ve ever had the privilege to share a locker room with. We all knew he was the locker room leader and we all aspired to be like him. Come back stronger than ever my friend #ThankYouRoman @WWERomanReigns
— Mike Kanellis (@RealMikeBennett) October 23, 2018
He’s our locker room leader.
He IS the business.
He’ll be back.
You got this, champ. #ThankYouRoman
— Singh Brothers (@SinghBrosWWE) October 23, 2018
— WWE Buddy Murphy (@WWE_Murphy) October 23, 2018
You got this homie ?? #ThankYouRoman
— KALISTO (@KalistoWWE) October 23, 2018
I'm overseas and I just heard the terrible news about @WWERomanReigns and his battle with Leukemia. Totally shocked. Uce, you are a tough bastard and a true fighter, and you will beat this.
Lots of love.
— Sami Zayn (@SamiZayn) October 23, 2018
Our job gives us the ability to portray larger than life characters who possess super human qualities and characteristics.
After hearing his story it's very apparent that Joe Anoa'i is just as much of a superhero as "Roman Reigns" is.#ThankYouRoman
— Johnny Gargano (@JohnnyGargano) October 23, 2018
— Billie Kay (@BillieKayWWE) October 23, 2018
Wow…that's a lot to take in. Strength and well wishes. https://t.co/B7LOAvONK9
— Keith Lee (@RealKeithLee) October 23, 2018
We luv you man. You got this!
— Zelina Vega (@Zelina_VegaWWE) October 23, 2018
Absolutely heartbreaking news.
— Candice LeRae (@CandiceLeRae) October 23, 2018
Roman Reigns exemplifies everything I believe a true leader should be.
Proud to have shared a locker room with him, and I’ll be proud to share it with him again after he wins this battle.#ThankYouRoman
— Chad Gable (@WWEGable) October 23, 2018
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Roman and his entire family. @WWERomanReigns you aren’t a Superstar falling but a Superhero that will continue to inspire those fighting illness alongside you.
— MariaKanellisBennett (@MariaLKanellis) October 23, 2018
Love ya Uce?
— Fandango (@WWEFandango) October 23, 2018
— PAIGE (@RealPaigeWWE) October 23, 2018
Love you @wweromanreigns You taught me so much about what it means to be a superstar here. Can’t wait to see you back ❤️
— $asha Banks (@SashaBanksWWE) October 23, 2018
Thank you Roman for showing us what a real warrior looks like. Sending many prayers to you and your family!! We’ll all be waiting for you to come back home to #RAW -B
— Nikki & Brie (@BellaTwins) October 23, 2018
You’re in our thoughts & prayers Joe. You are our Superman! Forever and always! You have an army people standing behind you ready to support and fight with you!?N
— Nikki & Brie (@BellaTwins) October 23, 2018