Hard: WWE interpreter Roman Reigns revealed his secret 12-year battle with leukemia live on television during Monday Night Raw

WWE champion Roman Reigns surprises fans when he reveals he has leukemia … and abandons the title on live television

Justin Enriquez By Dailymail.com

WWE interpreter Roman Reigns revealed his 12-year secret battle with leukemia live on television during Monday Night Raw.

The 33-year-old Universal WWE champion, the real name Leati Joseph Anoa'i, surprised fans by saying that he will not be able to compete until further notice.

While holding the current main title in the company, he was also forced to give up the 10-pound gold belt in front of thousands of attendees and the millions who saw him on television.

Hard: WWE interpreter Roman Reigns revealed his secret 12-year battle with leukemia live on television during Monday Night Raw

Hard: WWE interpreter Roman Reigns revealed his secret 12-year battle with leukemia live on television during Monday Night Raw

He was fighting tears when he said: "My real name is Joe. And I have been living with leukemia for 11 years. And unfortunately, it's back.

& # 39; And because the leukemia is back, I can not fulfill that role. I can not be that fight champion, and I'll have to give up the WWE Universal Championship. "

The crowd that attended the Dunkin & Donkeys Center in Providence, Rhode Island, was obviously stunned when they applauded "Thank you Roman" after their shocking revelation.

Headliner: While holding the current main title in the company, he was also forced to give up the 10-pound gold belt in front of thousands of attendees and the millions who saw him on television, as shown in January 2016.

Headliner: While holding the current main title in the company, he was also forced to give up the 10-pound gold belt in front of thousands of attendees and the millions who saw him on television, as shown in January 2016.

Headliner: While holding the current main title in the company, he was also forced to give up the 10-pound gold belt in front of thousands of attendees and the millions who saw him on television, as shown in January 2016.

Reigns said he was initially diagnosed with cancer of blood-forming tissues after his successful career in college football at Georgia Tech when he was 22 years old.

Shortly after his emotional speech, Reigns left the Universal Title in the middle of the ring.

He climbed the entrance ramp and was greeted by his two fellow members of the The Shield faction, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose.

Rollins (real name Colby Daniel Lopez) was visibly moved as he had tears running down his face as the trio made their characteristic pose in which they placed their fists together.

Brothers of arms: Rollins (real name Colby Daniel Lopez) was visibly moved when he had tears running down his face as the trio made their characteristic pose in which they placed their fists together.

Brothers of arms: Rollins (real name Colby Daniel Lopez) was visibly moved when he had tears running down his face as the trio made their characteristic pose in which they placed their fists together.

Brothers of arms: Rollins (real name Colby Daniel Lopez) was visibly moved when he had tears running down his face as the trio made their characteristic pose in which they placed their fists together.

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