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Roman Reigns Reveals Type Of Leukemia He’s Battling

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Roman Reigns Opens Up About Leukemia Diagnosis

Roman Reigns opened up about his time away from the ring, and his battle with leukemia in WWE’s latest episode of “Chronicle”.

Reigns stated he was diagnosed with CML (Chronic Myeloid Leukemia), which was caught in its early stages following a blood test from WWE medical staff.

The treatment for this type of leukemia isn’t traditional chemotherapy, but rather a pill. Reigns explained “It’s not like taking Advil. It’s nothing like taking radiation and true chemotherapy, but it does have its side effects. It does have its nastiness about it. But at the end of the day, if you’re lucky enough to just take a pill, I think you’re ahead of the game.”

The WWE Chronicle episode shows Reigns training at the WWE Performance Center a week prior to his return.

CML has different stages of remission, so when Reigns stated he was in remission, this could be the early stage.

According to Michael J. Mauro, MD, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, blood remission can begin after a few weeks, and cytogenic remission can be achieved in a few months.

Most patients generally achieve blood remission in a few weeks and cytogenetic remission in a few months. Doctors look for major molecular remission within the first year or two, and research is under way to see if it’s OK to stop treatment after you’ve been in it for a period of time.

The latest episode of WWE: Chronicle is available to stream on the WWE Network.

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Katsuyori Shibata Looking To Get Medically Cleared To Return To The Ring

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Katsuyori Shibata is looking to get cleared to step into a ring once again.

According to Dave Meltzer in the latest edition of The Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Shibata is looking to get medically cleared following his recent appearance on the final night of the G1 Climax tournament.

“Katsuyori Shibata, he hasn’t been cleared, but he will be attempting to get cleared,” Meltzer stated. “He trains with his students, but the issue in question is whether it can ever be healthy for him to take head shots, and if he were to return as Katsuyori Shibata, can they work around that issue within the New Japan style.”

In 2017, Shibata collapsed backstage after a match with Kazuchika Okada at Sakura Genesis. The injury was caused by Shibata’s use of a headbutt, which he had been doing regularly since the prior year. Following his collapse, he was rushed to hopsital, where he was diagnosed with a subdural hematoma, which required emergency surgery. This caused Shibata to experience paralysis on one half of his body, and many to believe he would never wrestle again.

Following his recovery, Shibata was appointed head coach of New Japan Pro Wrestling’s dojo in Los Angeles, CA.

Shibata made a surprise appearance at the finals of the G1 Climax tournament earlier this month. Although he was not medically cleared to compete, he was involved in an angle with The Bullet Club, where he was beatdown.

 

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Backstage News On When AEW Was Aware Of Jon Moxley’s MRSA Diagnosis

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Jon Moxley announced Friday that he would no longer be competing at All Elite Wrestling’s All Out event due to a MRSA diagnosis. All Elite Wrestling was quick to announce PAC as his replacement to face Kenny Omega at the pay-per-view on 8/31.

According to Fightful Select, specific people in the company were made aware of Moxley’s diagnosis this past Wednesday (8/21).

“AEW sent word on a need to know basis on Wednesday that Moxley would be out of All Out” – Fightful Select

Mike Johnson of PWInsider reported that AEW already had plans for PAC to be at the event. The company was able to shift his surprise appearance into a wrestling role due to Moxley not being able to compete.

Jon Moxley is also out of Josh Barnett’s Bloodsport event on 9/14. He is expected to be out of action for 4 weeks. The company is hopeful he will be cleared for the TNT debut on 10/2.

 

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