WWE star Roman Reigns won the 2019 ESPY Award for best WWE moment after his triumphant return to the ring in February after defeating Leukemia for the second time.
“Coming back meant more than just returning to the ring,” Reigns wrote on social media after accepting the award and serving as a presenter during the awards show. “It meant I was healthy enough to show my gratitude for those who sent their prayers, who continually thought about me, and that I was ready to raise awareness. Thank you for all those who voted, it is an honor.” – Roman Reigns (@WWERomanReigns) July 11, 2019
Reigns — whose real name is Leati Joseph Anoaʻi — made his in-ring return at the Fastlane pay-per-view, where the reunited Shield beat Baron Corbin, Bobby Lashley and Drew McIntyre.
Reigns won the award by beating out Becky Lynch’s main event victory at WrestleMania, Kofi Kingston’s WWE Championship win at WrestleMania and Ronda Rousey’s Raw Women’s Championship victory at SummerSlam.
Later that night, during the show, Reigns presented tbe Best Coach award to Jim Calhoun, the current men’s basketball coach for the University of Saint Joseph and another, “one of the millions of cancer survivors living in this country today.”