WWE Wrestler Roman Reigns Announces Break From the Ring as Leukemia Returns

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WWE wrestler Roman Reigns has announced his leukemia has returned and he'll be taking a break from the ring.

The 33-year-old, whose real name is Leati Joseph Anoa’i, made the announcement Monday night during an episode of "Raw," and said he would relinquish his WWE Universal Championship title.

Anoa’i was first diagnosed with cancer at 22 and he quickly went into remission.

"I want to make one thing clear — by no means is this a retirement speech," Reigns said. "I will beat this and I will be back, so you will see me very, very soon."

Others in the wrestling world took to social media after the announcement to offer their support.

"Reigns is taking his battle with leukemia public in an effort to raise awareness and funds for research in order to advance cures for the disease," the WWE said in a statement.

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