Roman Reigns: WWE star makes FIRST public appearance since leukaemia revelation

Roman Reigns: WWE star makes FIRST public appearance since leukaemia revelation

Reigns shocked the WWE Universe last month when he revealed that he first battled the horrible disease 11 years ago and after quickly putting it in remission the cancer unfortunately returned recently.

The Big Dog then relinquished the Universal Championship that he worked so hard to win from Brock Lesnar and returned home for treatment.

The four-time world champion hadn’t been seen or heard of until Saturday when he was spotted at a football game supporting his former college team Georgia Tech as they faced their rivals the University of Georgia Bulldogs.

The ex-WWE Champion played for Georgia Tech as a defensive lineman during the mid-2000s but ultimately chose a career in professional wrestling.

Reigns looked to be relaxed and in a very positive mood as he sent the University of Georgia Bulldogs one of his signature messages in a short clip posted by Georgia Tech Football’s official Twitter account.

The former Shield star joked: “I’m the real Big Dog here. To hell with Georgia, baby.”

Fans were very happy to see the 33-year-old grappler again and were particularly pleased with his healthy condition.

One fan wrote: “Man IDK what it is but it feels so good to see his face.”

Another supporter tweeted: “He’s looking goooooood that’s awesome.”

And a third posted: “Omg Champ..You’re looking great like always..Get well soon and keep fighting my champ..Love you so much.”

Reigns delivered a touching speech on his most recent appearance on RAW where he insisted he is not retiring from professional wrestling.

The ex-Universal Champion promised he will come back stronger and better than ever to prove to the world that he can overcome any obstacle that life throws against him.

He said: “The reality is my real name is Joe [Anoa’i] 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!”