ShareThis Page
Roman Reigns, WWE Superstars pay visit to Children’s Hospital | TribLIVE.com
U.S./World Sports

Roman Reigns, WWE Superstars pay visit to Children’s Hospital

J.P. Coss had no idea Monday morning when he put on his favorite WWE shirt that he would get to meet his favorite WWE Superstar, Roman Reigns.

This was another day brightened by WWE Superstars at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

Monday’s visit isn’t a first for Reigns and WWE, who have made a habit of visiting hospitals all around the world during their 300-plus-day touring schedule. It is, however, one of the first for Reigns, who recently returned to touring with WWE after battling leukemia, announcing on live TV that he’s now in remission.

Overcoming his health battle only added to the significance of meeting kids dealing with their own battles.

“I just hope them seeing me can give them a few minutes of escapism,” Reigns said. “To bring a little bit of distraction or motivation, then these visits and (a) little bit of time we get to spend with them is well worth it.”

Reigns wasn’t alone in surprising the kids. He was joined by fellow WWE Superstars Natalya, Finn Balor and Seth Rollins.

“When you have someone like Roman who personally is going through some hardships none of us understand, it’s just a different level,” Rollins said. “He’s a great friend of mine as well, so it’s a lot of fun to come here with him and see how he plays off with everybody. Better energy.”

WWE was in town to film a live episode of “Monday Night RAW” at PPG Paints Arena.


865969_web1_ptr-WWEvisit4-031219
Kristina Serafini | Tribune-Review
Rocco Monteleone, 2, of Harrison City, held by mother, Michelle, bumps elbows with WWE’s Roman Reigns as other Superstars Natalya and Seth Rollins look on during a visit to UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh on Monday, March 12, 2019.
865969_web1_ptr-WWEvisit3-031219
Kristina Serafini | Tribune-Review
Michelle Monteleone of Harrison City “bodyslams” 2-year-old son, Rocco in front of WWE Superstars Natalya, Seth Rollins and Finn Balor during a visit from the wrestlers to UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh on Monday, March 11, 2019.
865969_web1_ptr-WWEvisit5-031219
Kristina Serafini | Tribune-Review
Tommie DeSantis, 4, of Upper Saint Clair looks at a championship belt with WWE Superstar Natalya during a visit to UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh on Monday, March 11, 2019.
865969_web1_ptr-WWEvisit2-031219
Kristina Serafini | Tribune-Review
Holding up a championship belt, J.P. Coss, an outpatient at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, stands for a photos with his mother (right) and WWE’s Roman Reigns (left) during a visit from Reigns and other Superstars to the hospital Monday, March 11, 2019.
865969_web1_ptr-WWEvisit1-031219
Kristina Serafini | Tribune-Review
J.P. Coss, an outpatient at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, hugs WWE’s Roman Reigns during a visit from he and other Superstars to the hospital Monday, March 11, 2019.
TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.