A TOP UK cancer charity has defended WWE superstar Roman Reigns amid sick claims he FAKED his leukaemia battle.
The Big Dog sensationally returned to the ring on Monday Night Raw just four months after relinquishing the Universal Title following the shock revelation he had been diagnosed with the deadly disease for a second time.
Reigns, real name Joe Anoa’I, blew the roof off the arena in Atlanta, Georgia as he announced he was in remission and had been cleared to get back to work.
The 33-year-old has been widely-praised for the way he carried himself throughout his health scare – but several others had a disturbingly different reaction to his heroic return.
Some fans quickly took to Twitter to claim the ex-Shield member’s cancer was fake and was only used as part of a storyline.
They pointed to the fact the 6ft 3in grappler had lost little weight and suffered no apparent hair loss after undergoing treatment.
The vile doubters claimed the whole situation was a huge rouse in order to gain more support for Reigns from the WWE Universe having previously been a polarising figure before his illness.
But Leukaemia Care UK, a national blood cancer support charity, quickly took to Twitter to explain a few facts and set the record straight as they showed their support for the four-time champ.
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In a long thread designed to educate his doubters, they wrote: “In response to some of the tweets we’re seeing online about @WWE and @WWERomanReigns we wanted to have a little chat about leukaemia/leukemia, relapse and perceptions of cancer.
“Firstly, incredible news about Roman Reigns. Relapse is a scary reality for all leukaemia patients. Either fear of your cancer returning or having to face treatment for relapse. It’s great to hear some positive news from a leukaemia patient.
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“The tweets we are seeing mainly centre around the idea of what a cancer patient should look like. ‘How can he have hair?’ ‘How can he have not lost weight?’ ‘Why doesn’t he look like a cancer patient?’
“We’re going to weigh in here with some leukaemia information. Back to basics. Leukaemia is a cancer. It affects people of all ages. There are four main types of cancer: ALL, AML, CLL and CML. However, there are other types and subtypes. LEUKAEMIA IS COMPLICATED!
“The different types are key. Acute leukaemias are aggressive and need aggressive treatment to save a patient. Chronic leukaemias are incurable but treatable.
“DON’T FORGET – We do not KNOW what type of leukaemia he has. Therefore, NONE of us are in a position to question his treatment, how he should look etc.”
The thread was in response to claims the cancer was part of a storyline[/caption]
Leukaemia Care UK then went on to explain possible side-effects in much more detail relating to different cancers.
But they still had time to deliver a huge Superman Punch to his knockers, finishing the thread with: “Remember, everything in life isn’t a work.”
Following his announcement at the start of Raw, Reigns joined Seth Rollins in helping their former Shield brother Dean Ambrose escape a beating from Bobby Lashley, Baron Corbin and Drew McIntyre.
He now looks set to appear at WrestleMania 35 in New Jersey on April 7.
For more information on Leukaemia Care UK then you can visit the charity’s website by clicking here.
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