Tonight at the 2019 ESPYS, Roman Reigns won the first-ever Best WWE Moment award.
During ESPYS Red Carpet Show Live, Roman Reigns returning on the February 25 episode of Raw and revealing that his leukemia is in remission was announced as the winner of the Best WWE Moment award.
“For to me just to be able to be healthy was the only award I needed. This is just so flattering for everyone to kind of lift me up and show me that support system and love from everybody,” Reigns said. “It was never about awards or anything like that. It was just about awareness, it was just about sharing my story and hopefully someone could use it for a little bit of hope.”
Reigns was congratulated during the red carpet special by Raw Women’s Champion Becky Lynch, Universal Champion Seth Rollins, Stephanie McMahon and Triple H.
Reigns’ return won a fan vote over Lynch winning the Raw and SmackDown Women’s Championship in the main event of WrestleMania 35, Kofi Kingston defeating Daniel Bryan for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 35, and Ronda Rousey defeating Alexa Bliss at SummerSlam 2018 to capture the Raw Women’s Championship.
Coming back meant more than just returning to the ring. 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. #ESPYS @WWE pic.twitter.com/u2rGTZkVLf— Roman Reigns (@WWERomanReigns) July 11, 2019
Reigns also presented the Best Coach award to Basketball Hall of Famer Jim Calhoun, a fellow cancer survivor. Calhoun coached the University of Connecticut Huskies NCAA Division 1 men’s basketball team to three NCAA National Championships. He returned to coaching after beating cancer and now leads the University of St. Joseph men’s basketball team.