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Wrestling World Reacts To Roman Reigns’ Battle With Leukemia

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• 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:

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