Roman Reigns

American professional wrestler (born 1985)

Leati Joseph "Joe" Anoa'i (born May 25, 1985 in Pensacola, Florida), better known by his ring name Roman Reigns, is an American professional wrestler and former American football player. He is currently signed to WWE, where he performs on the SmackDown brand and is managed by Paul Heyman. He is a two-time and the longest reigning WWE Universal Champion and a four-time WWE Champion (both championships are combined as the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship since WrestleMania 38 in April 2022), making him a six-time world champion overall. He is also the leader of The Bloodline stable and a member of the Anoaʻi family which is a renowned Samoan-American wrestling dynasty.[4] Reigns was a member of The Shield along with Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins from 2012 to June 2, 2014 before reuniting again in 2017 and 2019.

Roman Reigns
Reigns as the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion at SummerSlam 2023
Born
Leati Joseph Anoaʻi

(1985-05-25) May 25, 1985 (age 39)
Occupations
  • Professional wrestler
  • actor
  • football player
Spouse(s)
Galina Becker
(m. 2014)
Children5
Parent
FamilyAnoaʻi
Ring name(s)Leakee[1]
Roman Leakee[2]
Roman Reigns[3]
Billed height6 ft 3 in (191 cm)[3]
Billed weight265 lb (120 kg)[3]
Billed fromPensacola, Florida[3]
Trained byAfa Anoaʻi[4]
Sika Anoaʻi[4]
Dusty Rhodes[5]
Steve Keirn[2]
DebutAugust 19, 2010[2]

His reign of 1,316 days as Universal Champion is the fourth-longest world title reign in WWE history and the longest championship reign of any title in WWE since 1988.[a] He is also a former United States, Intercontinental, and WWE Tag Team Champion (all held one time), the 2015 Royal Rumble winner, the 28th Triple Crown Champion and the 17th Grand Slam Champion. Reigns has been in the last match of many premium live events, including WWE's biggest yearly event, WrestleMania. He is praised for playing his current heel character.[6][7] However, he was criticized when he played a face from 2014 to 2020.[8]

Football career

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Before he started his professional wrestling career, Anoa'i played football at the Georgia Institute of Technology and was named first-team All-ACC his senior year. He went drafted in the 2007 NFL Draft but ended up being signed by the Minnesota Vikings.[9] He was picked up by the Jacksonville Jaguars to provide depth at defensive end to their roster and in 2008 he was signed by the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League (CFL) and accepted a spot on the team's practice roster.[10]

Professional wrestling career

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WWE (2010-present)

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Florida Championship Wrestling and NXT (2010-2012)

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In July 2010, Anoa'i was signed to a developmental contract with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and was put on their developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW). He debuted under the ring name Roman Leakee on September 9, 2010 and competed in a singles match that resulted in a loss to Richie Steamboat. He then lost to Idol Stevens and Wes Brisco and finally earned his first win on September 21 in a match against Fahd Rakman.

In late 2011, he formed a team with Donny Marlow and they challenged the Florida Tag Team Champions Calvin Raines and Big E Langston on July 8 but were unsuccessful in winning their match. On the February 5 episode of FCW television, he defeated his later Shield teammates Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins in a triple threat match to become the number one contender for the FCW Florida Heavyweight Championship but he was unable to win the championship when he was defeated by champion Kruger.[11] He was able to win the Florida Tag Team Championship with Mike Dalton before they lost the belts to CJ Parker and Jason Jordan.

The Shield (2012-2014)

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Roman Reigns along with Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins, made their main roster television debut on November 18, 2012 at the Survivor Series pay-per-view alongside, triple-powerbombing Ryback through the announce table during the triple threat main event for the WWE Championship, which allowed CM Punk to pin John Cena after an earlier Shell Shock from Ryback to retain the title.[12]

Personal life

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In early 2005, while studying at Georgia Institute of Technology, Anoaʻi met and began dating Galina Becker.[13] They were married in December 2014,[14] and live in Tampa, Florida.[15] Their first child, a daughter, was born in December 2007 .[16][17][18][19] They had twin sons in November 2016, followed by another set of twin sons in March 2020.[20][21]

On the October 22, 2018 episode of Raw, Anoaʻi announced that he had been living with chronic myeloid leukemia, a form of blood cancer. He was diagnosed in 2007 during his American Football career and continues to take medication.[22][23][24] Because of his leukemia, he took a break from professional wrestling until February 25, 2019,[25] and again for some months in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic.[26]

Acting Career

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Year Title Role Notes
2016 Countdown Himself Uncredited cameo
2017 The Jetsons & WWE: Robo-WrestleMania! Himself (voice)
2019 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw Mateo Hobbs
2020 The Wrong Missy Tatted Meathead (Gary)
2021 Rumble Ramarilla (voice)

Television

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Year Title Role Notes
2013 Total Divas Himself 1 episode
2015 WWE 24 Himself Documentary about WrestleMania 31
2016 Unfiltered Himself Interview show with Renee Young
2016 WWE 24 Himself Documentary about WrestleMania 32
2019 WWE Chronicle Himself 2 episode
2019 Cousins for Life Rodney Episode: "Farewell to Arthur?"
2019 Fox's New Year's Eve with Steve Harvey Himself
2020 Elena of Avalor Kizin (voice) Episode: "Giant Steps"

Championships and accomplishments

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College Football

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Professional wrestling

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Reigns has won the WWE (World Heavyweight) Championship four times...
... and the WWE Universal Championship twice, making him a six-time world champion in WWE
Reigns is also a one-time WWE Tag Team Champion, winning the title with Shield partner Seth Rollins...
... and a one-time WWE United States Champion

Footnotes

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  1. WWE also acknowledges the NWA (before 1993) and WCW titles as world championships, listing Reigns as the sixth-longest reigning world champion in professional wrestling history
  2. The title was named "WWE World Heavyweight Championship" during his first three reigns and simply "WWE Championship" during his fourth reign..

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