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Days before the Universal Champion faces off against his own cousin, The Big Dog stops by the podcast to talk about his new attitude and what it takes to be the leader of the locker room.

The Bloodline with LLS spoke WWE Superstar, actor, and former professional football player, Joseph Anoai, who many may know as Roman Reigns. Apart from fighting opponents in the ring, Roman found himself fighting his biggest opponent yet after receiving his leukemia diagnosis back in 2007. Listen as Roman Reigns explains his cancer journey to our very own President & CEO, Dr. Louis DeGennaro.

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 In honor of National Blood Cancer Awareness Month, Stacy Sager, President of the SagerStrong Foundation, had the honor of sitting down and speaking with WWE Universal Champion — Joe Anoa’i (aka -“Roman Reigns”) to talk with him about how he stayed tough in the face of cancer and fought through his second bout / CML diagnosis and treatment in 2019.

Before becoming a WWE Superstar, Joe Anoa’i was a college student at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, GA, where he was a rising football star with big plans to make it in the NFL. This is where our conversation begins.

Stacy: Take us back to your first cancer diagnosis – what were your signs and symptoms — how did you know something was wrong?
Joe: This was right in the process of me entering the NFL draft and hoping to be picked up by a team and I was just finishing up at Georgia Tech. I was 21 and just a young man. The only thing I had ever dreamed of was football and playing in the NFL. Since I was seven years old; that was the goal — to be somewhat of a sports star, but to be in the NFL. I did not get drafted, but I did sign a free-agent deal with the Minnesota Vikings and just to kind of put it in a nutshell, athletics from the beginning, has always kind of saved my life. Having that opportunity to go to rookie camp up in Minneapolis before you go in to practice or you sign your contract, you have to go through a full physical and it’s the NFL, so they put you through a very detailed physical and also bloodwork. That is the portion, which saved my life being that it is leukemia and blood cancer, just getting that CBC was the first detailed hint that something was going on with me. We did that all the morning before practice — went to meetings, went about the day, went to practice, and had a really good practice, which is kind of irrelevant, but that’s one of the little details I hold on to. I had a really good practice that day.

So, we’re following up at meetings and watching films of that practice and as soon as I walk out of the meeting room, two of the trainers are there to pull me off to the side to tell me that there is going on with my blood work and they needed to take me back to the clinic to do a second round to make sure it wasn’t a false reading or make sure nothing serious was going on. We went back and did the blood work and the results were pretty much the same. I had 70,000 white blood cells and at the time that did not mean anything to me — I had no clue what was going on. Like I said, I was tunnel vision on being part of the NFL and being a part of that Vikings team. And from there, the team made contacts for me, to get me home and to get to me an oncologist. And from that moment on, I relied on my mom and my family to guide me through it. Looking back at it now I was just in shock; being so young and not any true adversity at that point in my life and everything kind of went smoothly for me. I was a young athlete. I did well in school. I was fairly popular and I had a lot of friends in high school, so I had nothing “punch me in the mouth” so to speak, like

that, so this was something that really put me on my butt. It’s funny because, with my wrestling career, we started out as a group called “The Shield” and we wear tactical vests, it’s like a SWAT team looking mentality, and a lot of times they have those hooks on the back to where if something happens your teammate can kind of drag you through. At that time my Mom was my teammate, she kind of grabbed me by that strap and dragged me through the process and made sure everything was ok, because I don’t think I was truly prepared at that point to soak it in and absorb it.

The fact that it took Reigns only 127 days from the time of his cancer announcement to his return to the ring is a miracle. When Reigns was diagnosed with Leukemia at the age of 22, the symptoms were foreign, but this time he was aware that the red flags were there, and they were hard to ignore. According to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, leukemia begins in a cell in the bone marrow and, over time, the infected cells can suppress the production of normal cells. A healthy adult should have a white blood cell count of between 4,000 and 11,000. In Roman’s case, a white blood cell count well over 100,000 caused alarm. Through further examination, doctors discovered an enlarged spleen and knew exactly what was happening.

Stacy: What was it like getting back into the ring after your second diagnosis and sharing the news with your fans?
Joe: I have to start out by saying, we men are stubborn beasts and can be hardheaded animals. It was nerve wracking to be honest, to be able to share that information, as you know very well, with the world especially now a days, with the connectivity of social media and just how potent the internet can be in a very good and bad way sometimes, especially with the wrestling community and sports entertainment; fans are very passionate and very vocal about what’s good and bad. So, my main thing was to disarm them and to make them aware that this was not storyline. This was not entertainment, this was not WWE, this was not a role, and to introduce them to Joe Anoa’i for the first time. That was very scary at the time, but as soon as two, three, four, maybe five minutes in, to be able to see those faces live and to see those people in the crowd. It is tough because they are there for an entertainment show; they are there to escape and to enjoy themselves and I am dropping this bomb on them so to speak. But, for them not to react in a harsh way, to be so gentle with me, to allow me to share what was going on with me, not the character, but the man behind the character, and let them know about my struggle and the situation, that island that you were talking about, that isolation is very real. Twenty minutes before I went out there, I felt like I was on an island all by myself, even with my co-workers surrounding me and giving me love and support. They were still going to be able to do their job tomorrow, and the next day, and the next day, but my future was uncertain. I did not know what I was going to do, I knew that I was going to get on a plane and go back home and I would figure it out from there. But, as soon as I felt that love from the crowd and the support it literally felt like a security blanket wrapped around me all in that one moment. I knew that it was going to be a different story this time around and from there it was like a snow effect, the momentum just really set in because especially for me and my character, I can be a bit polarizing where the crowd can go back and forth with me and we can experience a bunch of different emotions while I’m out there in the arena. Once I got back and was able to check out some of the social media, whether it was Twitter or Instagram or Facebook, I was really able to feel that love and support from not only the just the 10,000 or so people in the arena, but everybody around the whole, the whole WWE universe and then it really felt like it stretched out even further than WWE and sports entertainment. It felt like people from all walks of life, all different forms of entertainment – just people who had no clue who I was still sending me best wishes and get well soon wishes and the support that I needed to heal.

June 27, 2020

After opting not to perform in the ring during the COVID-19 pandemic, the WWE superstar talks about preparing for a return to the ‘new normal’ in wrestling

Roman Reigns (real name: Leati Joseph Anoai) has reason to claim that he is one of the most prolific names in sports entertainment, be it his controversial career graph, his immaculate success inside the ring, or his inspiring story of beating leukaemia and returning to action. Earlier this year, the former WWE champion made the headlines for opting out of performing in the ring for WWE due to COVID-19 pandemic outbreak in the USA, even though the sports entertainment outfit was deemed an essential business.

When Reigns pulled out — he was set to face-off against veteran wrestler Goldberg in a championship bout at Wrestlemania before being replaced by Braun Strowman — there was speculation over whether it was for health reasons or if he had a fallout with his employer.

However, the 35-year-old clarifies that he is in perfect health, and that he took the decision as his wife (former athlete and fitness model Galina Becker) was expecting twins, and he did not want to expose his family to the virus.

In an exclusive interview with MetroPlus, Reigns talks about balancing fatherhood while keeping his fitness routine intact at home as he prepares to make a comeback into the ‘new normal’ that awaits him at WWE.

Congratulations on the twins. How has the last couple of months been as a father?

It’s been tough… it is hard to get two babies coordinated and on the same schedule, so that they don’t keep you up all night! They seem to have this little trick they like to play at about 6.30 in the morning, that is when I really wake up bright-eyed and ready to go… but it has been great. It has been a great blessing to have two more additions, and to be able to expand our family tree.

How important was it for you to clarify that you were not performing during the pandemic, because you did not want to put your family at risk?

For me, I just had to make a choice for my family. The company (WWE) has done everything that they can to make it the safest work environment possible. It is not the workplace that I was necessarily concerned about.

The decision was taken mainly because each performer travels so much, and we are all such a diverse group and from all over the place. I’m not convinced, and I can’t trust the fact that everybody is taking it as seriously and locking themselves down at home like I am. I trust my life with my co-workers every time I step foot in the ring, but I just can’t put the same trust when it has my children, my wife and my family involved.

But I don’t want it to come off as I am taking a stand against the company at all, because I love the WWE. I’ve been a part of this company just since I was a little boy. That’s why I always take it so personally when I represent them.

Roman Reigns and David Spade talk about their first impressions of each other while filming Netflix’s “The Wrong Missy,” Spade’s future as Braun Strowman’s manager and more.

On 5/19/2020 WWE Superstar Roman Reigns joins Larry and Kevin to discuss his partnership with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to support blood cancer patients during the COVID-19 crisis


Episode Info
WWE superstar Roman Reigns joins the Tuesday, May 19th, 2020 Edition of The Patrick Johnson Show to talk deciding not to wrestle for the WWE during the COVID-19 pandemic, his relationship with the company, his diagnoses of leukemia, and much more!!!

Here on the Patrick Johnson show got an interview coming up in just a few minutes with WWE Superstar Roman Reigns Ever since all of this broke out with covid-19 it affected sports and. we are experiencing the new normal of all of these major sporting events possibly being played or even being you know played without anybody in the stands WWE had to face this right around the time they were going to have their signature event of the Year WrestleMania.
One of the headline matches was Roman Reigns against Goldberg for the world championship Roman Reigns the WWE Superstar who is a two-time survivor of leukemia had Pull out of the event and also has held himself out because of his health situation, and he is unfortunately could be very susceptible to this covid-19 burlier this morning. I had a chance to speak to WWE Superstar Roman Reigns, and we talked about a myriad of topics including his relationship right now with World Wrestling Entertainment going on Saturday morning.
PJ: Good morning to you buddy. It’s great to have you on the Patrick Johnson show here. Just want to get an update. Update on how you’re doing physically right now with everything going on covid-19 is your health good
Roman: Right now things are good. And you know, I’m very blessed to be in a position where I still have a job and they’ve been very supportive of me, you know taking control of I guess my narrative and  protecting myself and my family I can’t thank of WWE enough, you know new babies  and the opportunity to protect their family.
PJ: So  just to clarify cause you know, there’s a lot of chatter about this. From wrestling fans you and the WWE are good right now, right?
Roman: Me and the WWE have always been good and we will always be good. They could fire me today and I would still be so grateful for the opportunities that I have been afforded in the times and you know, the memories and friendships and relationships that I created in WWE. WWW will Always be good with me. That’s for sure WWE
PJ: Superstar Roman Reigns joining us here on the PGA show today. Leukemia Survivor one-time College. All player with Georgia Tech and he is speaking today with the group LLS are on behalf of the group LLS the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. We’re going to have a little bit more on that it just a minute plus another special guest joining us, but  Roman Reigns is on the phone line with us right now.
PJ: Roman as far as the decision to pull out of WrestleMania and kind of hold out right now while this pandemic is going on being a two-time leukemia Survivor. What went into that decision how much consulting did you do with your medical team? Maybe with the WWE’s medical team Etc.
Roman: You know, I had you know, the help of my doctors, LLS, but it was mainly just a personal choice that I had to make as an individual, you know, not only just for myself and my family but just, you know, for my community as well. I think that every scenario is different and we’re all individuals and we have to think like but I had to think for myself and you know make that choice for my family.
PJ: any time anyone hears the word cancer. It’s a scary diagnosis. I have to imagine it was both times, but maybe how was that diagnosis and you receiving that news different the second time around than the first time around for you
Roman: you know, I so young and there wasn’t a huge support system for me, the second time around I had you know a huge fear. I’m losing everything I had worked for, losing my job, losing my dreams. You know the first time it happened I had no clue what you know about being a wrestler being with WWE achieving the things that I’ve been able to achieve. So losing all that was very scary. But as soon as I shared it with the world to feel that that outpouring of support you know wrapped a huge security blanket wrapped around me. It just made me know that I made the right choice by sharing it and it just really shows the positivity that we still have in this world, but the internet and the connectivity of social media and some people really try to use it in a very negative way, but my story kind of showcases the positivity and the support.

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WWE superstar Roman Reigns says he’s champing at the bit to get back in the ring … but can’t take any chances with his health because he needs to “protect” his young children.

“We just had two newborn twins, twin boys,” Reigns says … “They’re 8 weeks old so I had to make a decision for them.”

As we previously reported, Reigns opted out of performing at Wrestlemania 36 back in April — citing concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic.

“A lot of people … they think that it was based off of my heath and the history of my fight against leukemia. Talking to my doctors and stuff, I actually am fine and my immune system is good,” Reigns explained.

“The drugs that I take to fight the leukemia, they don’t attack your immune system.”

Reigns says the decision was “bigger than me” — “It’s my family, it’s my children, they are my legacy. No matter what I do in this world, my children are gonna be the ones to represent my name and carry our name forward. So I had to make that choice for them, to protect them being so young.”

The 34-year-old says he misses wrestling like crazy — “I wanna be out there, I wanna get back to work, I wanna get back to normal but I just feel like I have an obligation not only to my family and myself but to my community.”

“Also, to set the example because at the end of the day, we can do a lot of different things and say a lot of different things but its through our actions that really speaks volume. That’s what I’m trying to do.”

Watch Roman Reigns in a sit-down interview with Muscle & Fitness Magazine


WWE superstar Roman Reigns was trending toward the NFL when he was diagnosed with leukemia during rookie camp. He since has become one of the biggest WWE superstars on the planet.


WWE superstar Roman Reigns was trending toward the NFL when he was diagnosed with leukemia during rookie camp. He since has become one of the biggest WWE superstars

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