Backstage Update on Reigns’ Announcement & Who Knew Beforehand

According to Dave Meltzer on a recent edition of The Wrestling Observer Radio Program, Roman Reigns’ leukemia diagnosis was made within the last six days – after last week’s RAW and before this past weekend’s house shows. Only a small number of people knew about Reigns’ announcement beforehand and WWE’s statement was that the situation was “going to be addressed on RAW.” Bryan Alvarez speculated that perhaps most people were told he had an injury announcement but nobody really knew that it was leukemia so it came as an absolute shock to pretty much everyone.
Wade Keller of Pro Wrestling Torch reported that “everyone just stopped what they were doing” backstage and none of the wrestlers were even told or tipped off to gather around to listen to what Reigns had to say.