Roman Reigns shocked the sports-entertainment world Monday night when he announced he was taking a leave of absence from the WWE after being diagnosed with leukemia. Reigns, whose real name is Joe Anoa'i, announced he had beaten the disease 11 years ago but it had returned and he would relinquish his WWE Universal Title as a result.
The outpouring of support from the professional wrestling world was immediate.
Here’s a roundup of some professional wrestlers, active and retired, who chimed in on social media with their support:
‘Courage – strength in the face of pain or grief.’ You have given us your everything including a courageously vulnerable moment. We, your WWE family, give you all of our love and support. #ThankYouRoman #NeverGiveUp
— John Cena (@JohnCena) October 23, 2018
Fight on to victory my courageous brother! pic.twitter.com/wuYAoxa48p
— Bret Hart (@BretHart) October 23, 2018
I'm overseas and I just heard the terrible news about @WWERomanReigns and his battle with Leukemia. Totally shocked. Uce, you are a tough bastard and a true fighter, and you will beat this.
Lots of love.
— Sami Zayn (@SamiZayn) October 23, 2018
About to board my flight to Newark and hearing news about my #GoodBrother and one of the hardest working, strongest brothers I know @WWERomanReigns , got a pit in my stomach.
My family throwing so many prayers at you..
Love you bro.
— Karl Anderson (@KarlAndersonWWE) October 23, 2018
Our job gives us the ability to portray larger than life characters who possess super human qualities and characteristics.
After hearing his story it's very apparent that Joe Anoa'i is just as much of a superhero as "Roman Reigns" is.#ThankYouRoman
— Johnny Gargano (@JohnnyGargano) October 23, 2018
Just saw the @WWERomanReigns news. Absolutely heartbreaking. Roman is one of nicest guys I have ever met in this business and was a pleasure every time I had the pleasure to work with him. My best wishes to him!
— John Layfield (@JCLayfield) October 23, 2018
Roman is one of the best I’ve ever been in the ring with and one of the guys I respect and look up to the most in this industry.
My thoughts are with him and his family. I can’t wait to see him overcome this and get to share a locker room with him again soon.#ThankYouRoman
— . (@FightOwensFight) October 23, 2018
Sending my thoughts and prayers your way @WWERomanReigns … Thank you and stay strong! 🙏🏻🙌🏼
— Mandy (@WWE_MandyRose) October 23, 2018
— Tommy Dreamer (@THETOMMYDREAMER) October 23, 2018
Love you @wweromanreigns You taught me so much about what it means to be a superstar here. Can’t wait to see you back ❤️
— $asha Banks (@SashaBanksWWE) October 23, 2018
My thoughts & prayers go out to @WWERomanReigns & his family. Breaks my heart but praying & believing for a speedy & full recovery.
— CJ (Lana) Perry (@LanaWWE) October 23, 2018
— Eric Bischoff (@EBischoff) October 23, 2018
— PAIGE (@RealPaigeWWE) October 23, 2018
Roman Reigns exemplifies everything I believe a true leader should be.
Proud to have shared a locker room with him, and I’ll be proud to share it with him again after he wins this battle.#ThankYouRoman
— Chad Gable (@WWEGable) October 23, 2018
@WWERomanReigns’ success was something I aspired for myself since he was an all-conference DT at Georgia Tech over a decade ago. I think of how much he’s achieved but far more importantly, I think of his family & loved ones. All the love and strength in beating this, Big Uce.
— Florida Man (@WWEBigE) October 23, 2018
— Zack Ryder (@ZackRyder) October 23, 2018
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Roman and his entire family. @WWERomanReigns you aren’t a Superstar falling but a Superhero that will continue to inspire those fighting illness alongside you.
— MariaKanellisBennett (@MariaLKanellis) October 23, 2018
“When life throws a curve ball at me I’m the type of man that will stand in that batters box, crowd the plate, I’ll choke up, and I’ll swing for the fences EVERY SINGLE TIME!” ~ Joe Anoa’i – PKA @WWERomanReigns #RAW
Prayers Up! You’ve already beat it my friend!
— Jeff Jarrett (@RealJeffJarrett) October 23, 2018
.@WWERomanReigns you are the definition of what it means to be a leader and a champion and one of the toughest lads on the planet. We are all behind you and sending love. You will beat this. #ThankYouRoman
— Rebecca Quin (@BeckyLynchWWE) October 23, 2018
— Lauren/Angelina Love (@ActualALove) October 23, 2018
— The Usos (@WWEUsos) October 23, 2018
— Elijah Burke (@DaBlackPope) October 23, 2018
— Roderick Strong (@roderickstrong) October 23, 2018
— Tucker Knight (@TuckerKnightWWE) October 23, 2018
— Adrian Jaoude (@adrianjaoude) October 23, 2018
Absolutely heartbreaking news.
— Candice LeRae (@CandiceLeRae) October 23, 2018
And finally, WWE has posted video of Reigns being greeted by his fellow WWE superstars after the announcement. It’s clear he’s extremely popular among his coworkers:
We wish him the best in his battle.