Some WWE Fans Think Roman Reigns’ Leukemia Diagnosis Was Faked… Here’s Why It Isn’t | WrestleTalk

Some WWE Fans Think Roman Reigns’ Leukemia Diagnosis Was Faked… Here’s Why It Isn’t | WrestleTalk


We are through the looking glass here people.
Some people genuinely think that WWE and Roman Reigns faked cancer just to get sympathy.
He’s probably an alien lizard person too, maybe he just had space cancer? Which is actually
good for you. Maybe the earth is flat. Or we just all feel deflated and really rather
unsurprised that this nonsense is actually happening. What I’m trying to say is: what the actual
f***?! But seriously, let’s take stock of the facts:
Roman Reigns returned to Raw this week and announced that his leukemia, which he’s
been out having treatment for since October, is in remission. It was an amazing emotional
segment and I think most people agree that it’s great to see the Big Dog back, who
himself looked overwhelmed by the response he got from the crowd – probably because for
the first time ever nobody booed. Roman was even in an angle on the night and
threw out some superman punches and a spear. Which was great to see because people were
sceptical, me included, before the show that WWE had rushed him back before he was ready
in an effort to boost those flagging ratings. Because to be honest it seems like something
they might do, they don’t usually miss the chance to turn a tragedy into an angle, that
kind of box office thinking brought us Jim ‘The Table’ Neidhart. And it also already
came into play in the Roman story: Dean Ambrose said that Reigns deserved his illness because
of his actions in the Shield. And even on Monday Baron Corbin suggested that being GM
was harder than having Leukemia. But that is an entirely different skepticism,
the notion that Roman may be back before he’s ready just to sell tickets and get eyes on
the product, to the skepticism of the cancer itself. The notion that the entire thing was a work
just to get sympathy for Roman Reigns is preposterous red faced raving of Alex Jones proportions. And I think some of this comes out of misinformation
and some of this comes out of not liking the way WWE packaged Reigns before his diagnosis.
After all they did feed just about everyone to Roman in order to get him over – even Triple
H was pedigree chum for the big dog. But we gotta debunk some of this guff because
this no matter how much you dislike Roman, the character, saying it’s a work does a
disservice to Joe, the man, who just beat cancer and came straight back to work. Cancer Patients Don’t All Look The Same A common thread among conspiracy theorists
is that Roman doesn’t look the part of a cancer survivor. “But he looks the same as he did before!”
“Why has he still got hair?” “There’s no way he recovered that quickly!” Cancer patients don’t all look the same.
Even Hollywood which presents a very stereotyped vision of cancer, think extreme weight loss
and hair loss, goes from that to Deadpool. Small differences, but differences. In the real world there are myriad treatments
for cancer and every patient will have different reactions to those treatments. Just because one person has one reaction to
cancer treatment, it doesn’t mean the next person will react in the same way. Just like
you might get a blocked nose and the person who catches your cold gets a runny nose and
quite cross, that you even came into work when you were ill Brenda, everyone reacts
differently to different illnesses. Some people can undergo chemo and come out
with a full head of hair and looking just like they did before. Early last year my dad
was diagnosed with lymphoma and had to have a course of chemotherapy. He lost a bit of
weight, but said he never felt sick apart from right after a chemo session, in fact
it took so much effort to keep him inside and away from germs, he kept trying to go
for runs. He’s in remission now and his hair which
only thinned really has grown back thicker than before, which I am super cross about.
But we were lucky and some people’s experience of cancer can be far worse. And in Roman’s case too it looks like he
was lucky to have had positive reactions to treatment. Personal trainer David Gonyea who
posted a pic with Roman training for his in-ring return called it a ‘flare up’, so maybe
it wasn’t severe – meaning that an athlete at the peak of physical well being would have
a much quicker return to his usual physique. There are also four different kinds of leukaemia,
and without going into the science, they all affect the body in different ways and are
treated in different ways, and as we don’t know which form of leukaemia Roman had, we
can’t know for certain what way his body is even supposed to react. Long story short you don’t have to look
sick to be sick. It’s weird that people seem to think cancer patients suddenly need
to look really ill to make it believable? This isn’t wrestling, he doesn’t have
to sell the disease. And maybe that’s it, maybe because we haven’t
wheeled Roman out in over the top wrestling style, like Becky Lynch over-selling that
leg, people just refuse to believe that something could happen off our screens and off of social
media and he could come back in just five months looking pretty much the same. Remission Doesn’t Mean He’s Cured Here’s another caveat with cancer. Being
in remission doesn’t mean that the threat of cancer is over. As he mentioned when he
announced he would be leaving for treatment back in October last year, he has had leukaemia
before and undergone successful treatment. But as we can see, just because it went away,
that doesn’t mean it can’t come back again. But it also means that all of the time Roman
has been working in WWE before, he was in remission. Despite the fact that the cancer is in remission,
Roman will still have to have very regular check ups as there is still a big risk that
the disease will return in the months and years following treatment. The same can be
said for all cancers, my dad currently has an appointment every three months to check
that he’s still in remission and over time the intervals will extend and extend and then
eventually he might not have to have check ups at all. Kris Griffin, also a leukaemia survivor, wrote
a blogpost about people labeling Roman’s cancer as a work, and pointed out that during
his treatment, although he didn’t always feel 100% healthy, his leukaemia never forced
him to take a day out of work. Kris has a type of leukaemia that is treated by pills,
so again, there are different kinds of leukaemia and we mustn’t assume that they’re all
treated in the same way. Writing in the blog post, he said: “Roman
is an elite athlete and it might surprise you that I’m not. We’ve both fought our
leukaemia in our own way and in our own timeframe. But there is one thing that I guarantee will
annoy any leukaemia patient who is in remission, that’s someone saying, “well, you don’t
look sick!” Right now, that’s happening online. Can’t we celebrate Roman looking
great and happy or would we prefer him hooked up to a drip, pushed out in a wheelchair?
That’s our traditional view and if our traditional view has been upended, it isn’t a lie.” Because I guess the point also of being in
remission is that the cancer has gone away. You start to get back to normal because the
cells that were damaging you are no longer present in your body. What Would The Point Of This Work Be? I mean honestly. There are literally thousands
of other ways of getting sympathy for someone in the world of wrestling. And yes, we’ve
tried a few with Roman before that didn’t work – friends turning on him, dastardly authority
figures, snatching titles right out from under his nose, The Rock. And yeah, they didn’t exactly work, but
you know what started to win people round? Finally taking the Universal Title off of
old workshy Brock Lesnar. Giving a title shot to Finn Balor. Reigning and importantly defending.
And given more time with the belt I’m sure Roman would have won the vast majority of
the audience over just by being champion and being present. There is no need to pretend
that someone has a life-threatening disease. As kayfabe news put it better than I ever
could: “ “While fans of sports entertainment rejoiced at Roman Reigns’ emotional statement
on WWE Raw this week that his leukemia is in remission, the “real story is that Roman’s
so-called cancer is just scripted work,” according to a report published today by a
nitwit on the internet. “ “ “These allegations, if true — which
they are clearly not — could cause a serious scandal for WWE, which they won’t because
the allegations are preposterous, if for no other reasons than WWE’s longstanding partnership
with the Susan G. Komen Foundation and its leadership of Connor’s Cure. But there are
so many other reasons. So many.” “ We are far from suggesting that WWE hasn’t
used unpleasant tactics in the past to get someone over, but there’s a difference between
Katie Vick and this, this is not a gimped up Hunter getting frisky with a cadaver, this
is serious. Thankfully, Roman has thus far responded very well to treatment, and according
to Fightful, it was him that made the call to return to the ring early, not anyone inside
WWE. If he feels in himself that he is ready to return, then who are we to question it. Surely Someone Would Have Noticed? In the modern world, where nothing is secret
and nobody can fart without it ending up on Snapchat, do you really think no-one would
have noticed if Roman Reigns had never undergone treatment for leukaemia? If the man was just
sitting at home playing Mario Kart all day while waiting just long enough to get sympathy,
someone would surely have noticed? The kids on multiplayer online would have dobbed him
in. His announcement was arguably one of the biggest
in wrestling history, and easily one of the most publicised, so naturally wrestling media
would be all over the story like a rash. Not a single reliable source has reported anything
other than the fact that the leukaemia is 100% genuine, and that’s because it is. We can all go on Twitter and cry fake news.
But without actual evidence it’s all just a conspiracy theory and distracting from the
real important questions surrounding wrestling today – who threw the pie at Kevin Owens? WWE’s Connection To Cancer Charities WWE has very close connections with two cancer
charities, Connor’s Cure and Susan G Komen, and although some of the practices of the
latter have come into question, it would be PR suicide to fake a cancer angle with such
close links to these kinds of charities. In fact, WWE created the Connor’s Cure charity
after Connor Michalik, a young superfan battling with spine and brain cancer, lost his battle
with the disease in 2014. WWE makes a huge deal out of its partnerships with both charities,
and to throw that away just to get a bit of sympathy for a wrestler is not only incredibly
stupid, it’s incredibly unlikely. Because if it was a work and that news got
out, the backlash against it would hang over all of the good work WWE did with these charities
forever. And that’s not something you’re likely to risk. Being on the internet and wrapped up in the
shoot/work world of wrestling does mean that yes you can get a little distrusting of ‘facts’
as they are presented to you, and yeah we can take that that little bit of doubt and
run with it thinking this is wrestlegate and I am deep throat. But if you don’t do your
research, you’re just sloppy. ———- Thank you for watching and thank you to all
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