Roman Reigns cancer: WWE star makes his first public appearance after leukaemia announcement

The wrestling star shocked the world last month as he opened up about being diagnosed with the deadly disease – 11 years after beating it for the first time.

The star, 33, relinquished the WWE Universal Title during an emotional speech on Monday Night Raw as he vowed to overcome cancer and return to the ring.

Fans have been desperate for updates on his condition since but Reigns, real name Leati Joseph Anoaʻi, has kept a low profile over the past month.

However, the four-time world champ was spotted last night at the American Football game between his former team Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and Georgia Bulldog.

And he was only too happy to send out a video message via his old side’s Twitter, saying: “I'm the real big dog here. To hell with Georgia, baby.”

Another of the wrestler’s former American Football teams yesterday reached out to him.

Tennessee Titans  tweeted Reigns, who played for Minnesota Vikings, Jacksonville Jaguars and Edmonton Eskimos, vowing to send him a “special gift”.

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The NFL side’s entire squad posed for a photo with two specialised jerseys in honour of the four-time champ.

The first was numbered 1 and said “Reigns” on it while the other had the wrestler’s real name “Anoa’i” on it along with a 96 – the shirt he wore back in his college days.

The Titans also included a touching message as they stated the “special gift” is coming his way.

Their Twitter post said: “Sending good vibes to our guy @WWERomanReigns.

"Special gift is heading your way, Joe. Keep up the fight! #TitanUp.”

Reigns shocked the world when he revealed the shock news about his illness.

In an emotionally-charged speech, he said: “The reality is my real name is Joe and I'd been living with leukaemia for 11 years… And unfortunately it's back.

"And because the leukaemia is back, I cannot fulfil my role. I can't be that fighting champion and I'm going to have to relinquish the Universal Championship.

"I'm not going to lie, I'll take every prayer you can send my way but I'm not looking for sympathy.

"I'm not looking for you to feel bad for me because I have faith.

"When I was 22 years old I was diagnosed with this and very quickly I was able to put it in remission. But I'm not going to lie, that was the hardest time of my life.

"I didn't have a job, I didn't have any money, I didn't have a home and I had a baby on the way. And football was done with me.

"But do you know who gave me a chance? The team that gave me a chance was the WWE. After I'm done whooping leukaemia's a** once again, I'm coming back home.

"I want to show my family, my friends, my children and my wife that when life throws a curveball at me, I am the type of man that will stand in that batter’s box.

"I will crowd the plate, I will choke up and I will swing for the fences every single time!”

It remains unclear if and when Reigns will make his comeback in the WWE but he looks set to miss out on WrestleMania 35.

The Showcase of the Immortals takes place on April 7, 2019 at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.

Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts bares all about being conceived in rape and how he was molested as a kid

WWE legend Jake “The Snake” Roberts has revealed all about how he was conceived in rape and molested as a child by his own stepmother.

The Hall of Famer shot to stardom during the wrestling boom of the late 1980s and early 90s but has been battling addictions to drink and drugs throughout his life.

Now 63, the Snake Man is finally overcoming his demons thanks to the friendship with former WCW world champion Diamond Dallas Page and yoga.

But Roberts, real name Aurelian Jake Smith Jr, briefly returned to his traumatic childhood in an explosive and open discussion.

And he revealed he began drinking and snorting cocaine as early as 11-years-old as an escape.

Click here to read about icon's traumatic childhood.

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