History has been made. Roman Reigns has won the first ever WWE themed ESPY award this year for the “Best WWE Moment”. Reigns was given the award for his incredible comeback from his battle with leukemia. This is a monumental moment for Roman Reigns and WWE as a whole. Not only is it an awesome honor for Roman to receive such a grand award chosen by the fans but also for the WWE to really try and establish their place as true “Sports Entertainment”.
In February, @WWERomanReigns announced that he was in remission and back wrestling!
That landed him the first-ever ESPY for Best WWE Moment! 🙏 pic.twitter.com/Uy415GkHZW
— ESPN (@espn) July 10, 2019
“The Big Dog” and his return from leukemia beat out three other huge moments in the past year of WWE. The three options were Becky Lynch’s victory in the first-ever women’s main event of WrestleMania this year, Kofi Kingston’s emotional winning of his first WWE Championship at WrestleMania as well, and Ronda Rousey’s first championship success in the WWE at SummerSlam almost a year ago. While all three moments are incredible ones that will go down in the history of WWE forever the fans got this one right.
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
Yes, the first ever women’s main event of WrestleMania is a truly incredible moment which saw the crowning of “The Man”, but Roman’s incredibly perseverant road back never or should have been denied. Kofi’s victory is one of the best moments of the past decade and will go on in WWE history forever. And for Ronda Rousey, it was a moment of hard work and determination that fans will appreciate more and more with Ronda gone. Roman Reigns’ moment is and will be the best moment of 2019 and for many years to come. The emotion fans felt that night when he announced he was in remission was incredible and truly amazing.
— WWE (@WWE) July 11, 2019
For WWE in all this is a chance to hopefully make this an annual award. Fans who may not know, the ESPYS is the biggest sports award show in the United States and is held by ESPN. It is one of the few nights where all the sports stars around the world can come together and truly embrace the greatness of the past year.
Congratulations @WWERomanReigns on winning the first-ever @WWE @ESPYS Award! It was an honor to celebrate tonight w/ such inspiring athletes, coaches & influencers who reinforce the spirit of unrelenting perseverance, unbridled passion & the importance of lifting each other up. pic.twitter.com/vowquyeOX6
— Stephanie McMahon (@StephMcMahon) July 11, 2019
WWE must be jumping with joy to even be considered for their own award and can only hope they continue with it for years to come. If so, Sports Entertainment and the mission they have been trying to establish with this movement away from “pro wrestling” will only get greater. Congratulations to Roman Reigns for winning the first WWE ESPY award ever. 100% deserved. The fans nailed this one.
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