Triple H and Stephanie McMahon were guests on the latest episode of Elvis Duran & The Morning Show where they talked about a wide range of topics including the Evolution pay-per-view event as well as Roman Reigns.
As seen on this week’s episode of WWE Monday Night Raw in Providence, RI at the Dunkin Donuts Center on the USA Network, Reigns announced that he’s been living with leukemia for 11 years, and unfortunately, it’s back. As a result, he was forced to relinquish the WWE Universal Title. Reigns was supposed to defend the Universal Title against Brock Lesnar and Braun Strowman in a triple threat match at WWE Crown Jewel.
Here is an excerpt from that interview where they talked about Reigns (H/T to WrestleZone):
Triple H: “It takes a remarkable amount of strength as a person to say that. Roman has been dealing with this for a long time. Roman [had announced on RAW] that he’s been battling leukemia for eleven years.”
Stephanie: “On Monday Night RAW, Roman came out of character and went out to the ring and said look, I’ve been playing this character, but I haven’t been genuine and authentic with you. My real name is Joe, and I’ve been battling with this for eleven years, and he then talked about having leukemia.”
Triple H: “This is something that—very few people know about this—he and I have spoken about this; this is something he did not want to put out there until he had reached a certain point it time in his career because he didn’t want people to feel like he was being pitied or given things for a certain reason. He wanted to be able to come out at the end and be like ‘Look, I dealt with this the whole time, you can do anything. This is not an end sentence.’ As we talked about it on Monday—he and I—life’s what happens when you’re busy making plans. The rest of the stuff happens, and it didn’t work out the way he thought it would, here it is back, but he realized now was the time to spread that message and tell people. He’s going to fight this, and he’s going to win. He’ll be back stronger than ever, and I think it’s just a matter of time. He’s an incredibly strong human being, and I have so much respect for him for just—that’s a very private thing, to be able to come out when your image and what you do and everything about you is tough and everything else—to come out and go look I’m flawed, I’m fragile and I have this problem. It’s a really difficult thing, and to be able to stand up, not for yourself, but for others.”
Stephanie – “As [Elvis] you know, pediatric cancer research is a cause that is near and dear to my heart. As it relates to Roman, one of the things we did as a part of September, which is Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month, we had this whole campaign for Superstars Of Tomorrow where we visited children’s hospitals and these kids dressed up in their favorite Superstars’ persona or their own original Superstar persona. Our [WWE] Superstars actually come and we introduce them and it’s awesome, and we did integrations in Monday Night RAW. In Dallas in particular, we had this incredible group of kids that we really bonded with, and they created a video for Roman that I just watched, and it’s so powerful. It’s these little kids saying ‘we believe in you, Roman’ and keep fighting. It’s just that’s what life should really be about, it’s supporting one another and loving one another because we all have enough crap to deal with in our regular lives. It’s just a privilege to be a part of.”