BY DAVID BIXENSPAN – OCT 26, 2018
This has been a weird week.
On Monday Night Raw, Roman Reigns (real name Leati Joseph Anoa’i) blindsided the wrestling world by announcing that his leukemia was no longer in remission, which was shocking in large part because his original battle with cancer was not known publicly. It had already been reported that Reigns was injured and he was off this past weekend’s live events, so when he showed up to open Raw in street clothes with his hair up, it was obvious that he was about to announce something meaningful. Still, nobody expected what was coming, which was both in its form and in its import far off the usual script. The announcers went from hype mode before the speech to shell-shocked tears after. Renee Young spoke of how close her husband, Dean Ambrose, is to Reigns; Corey Graves explained that Reigns isn’t just a work friend, mentioning that their kids play together. Reigns’ teammates in The Shield, Ambrose and Seth Rollins, joined Reigns for a long hug before doing their fist bump pose. Both were visibly in tears.
While the live crowd in Providence stayed lively all night, it took a good hour or so for the show to feel like more than an unnecessary and dubiously tasteful distraction from what had come before. To the credit of the wrestlers and producers, the show came around, eventually peaking with Rollins and Ambrose winning Raw’s tag team titles from Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre. It was the happy ending that everyone had been waiting for all night, and the match … Read the Full Story HERE