Reigns shocked the WWE Universe last month on RAW when he revealed he was first diagnosed with 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 and went back home to fight the illness once more.

Carmella never really got to work with the four-time world champion as she has been on Smackdown ever since she joined the main roster in 2016.

However, the former Smackdown Women’s Champion took a very important lesson from the ex-WWE Champion’s heartfelt speech as she learned to appreciate the things she took for granted a lot more.

She told Express Sport: “I don’t personally know Roman. I’ve been on Smackdown so I never really get to spend any time with him.

“But of course it’s devastating. But I think it just makes you appreciate the little things that much more.

“You take things maybe for granted or little things that you think are a big thing and you realise it’s really not.

“It makes you appreciate everything that you have a little bit more.”

Reigns inspired the WWE Universe during his emotional speech as he insisted he is not retiring from professional wrestling.

The former Shield star is very confident he will soon return to WWE and prove to the whole world that he can overcome every obstacle that’s thrown against him.

He said: “The reality is my real name is Joe [Anoaʻi] 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!”


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