Roman Reigns has always wanted more of a purpose in life.
"The Big Dog" Roman Reigns is four months removed since his return to WWE after battling Leukemia for the second time in his life. Roman's story made national headlines and he has made the rounds on the media circuit over the past several months telling his story on various fronts and meeting with children and adults who are currently battling the same illness that is now in remission for him. Reigns is no longer surrounded by his Shield brothers as Jon Moxley is now a part of All Elite Wrestling and Seth Rollins is on RAW as the WWE Universal Champion.
Coming back to the WWE has changed Roman's perspective on not only his career but his life. While being interviewed by Sporting News, he stated that he loves to go out to the ring and tell stories but the company is at a point where personal lives have gotten involved in those storylines.
"For me, it rearranged my perspective because I still enjoy creating," said Reigns. "I love to go out there and tell a story through wrestling and sports entertainment, but we're in a place now where we're not just performers. We are people. I've always wanted to have just a little more of a purpose than just being that entertainer and I think now with my story and the things I've gone through, people can connect with me and they can see where I'm coming from and the struggles I've been through and it gives them a little better taste of the person I am," he continued. "If they can connect with Joe a little more than Roman, then I think I'm doing a better job at my career and my life than I was before."
Prior to the former Universal Champion revealing that he had Leukemia, there was a varying reaction to him from the fans on a week-to-week basis. Reigns felt that it was his responsibility to let the world know about his Leukemia instead of having to read about it through social media.
"With my career, being a bit of a polarizing character, you just never know how people are going to take it," Reigns said. "And, on top of that, it's my personal business. Like everyone else, I have the right to my privacy, but I think, in my head, with all the support that I have received and even with, beforehand, a crazy, polarizing reaction, there were still so many supporters, so many people that have always had my back and always had my best interest out for me and have been by my side. When a lot of people were hating and talking down on me, those people were backing me up," he added. "I just felt like it was my responsibility to let them know what was going on. That way, they didn't have to make their own assumptions. They didn't have to buy into the rumors or the dirt sheets or whatever anyone is saying. They just hear it from me and they know, 'Alright guys, this is what's going on with me.' It's been a bit of something I've already gone through and I never felt the need to share it, but I want you to know that I'm going to be fine.'"
To check out the full interview with Roman Reigns, click here. Also, Roman is set to compete at WWE Super ShowDown next month against Shane McMahon.