WWE Roman Reigns

Facts about Roman Reigns

Roman Reigns is second superstar in history to defeat The Undertaker at WrestleMania (April 2017) after Brock Lesnar. He is the 28th Triple Crown Champion and the 17th Grand Slam Champion.

Current status – WWE SmackDown Superstar


Overview

Real Name – Leati Joseph Anoa’i

Birth Date – 25th May 1985

Age – 33 years

Birth Place – Pensacola, Florida, U.S

Fathers Name – Sika Anoa’i

Mothers Name – Patricia A. Anoa’i

Wife – Galina Becker (married December 2014)

Children – Joelle (Daughter) and twin boys (Name not specified)

Height – 6ft 3 in (191 cm)

Weight – 120 kg (265 lb)

Nickname – The Big Dog (in WWE)

Net Worth –  usd 5 million

Background

Roman Reigns is a member of the Anoa’i family and he is half-Samoan and half-Italian. Reigns father Sika Anoa’i and his brother Rosey both where professional wrestlers, who died on 17th April 2017. Roman is a cousin to former professional wrestlers Yokozuna, Rikishi, Umaga, The Tonga Kid and non biological cousins The Usos – Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso, The Rock. Reigns majored in management at Georgia Institute of Technology. Reign is a Catholics and he uses the sign of the cross every time he enters the ring.

Career in Football

Roman Reigns started his football career by playing football in three years at Pensacola Catholic High School and he also played football for one year at Escambia High School. Pensacola News Journal announced Roman the Defensive Player of the Year in his senior year. Roman was a member of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Football team where he attended Georgia Institute of Technology with Calvin Johnson, who later became a wide receiver in the National Football League (NFL). In 2006, Roman was named to the first team All-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) after recording nine tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks. Roman had 29 tackles for loss and 12 sacks for his career. Roman was signed by the Minnesota Vikings in May 2007. In August 2007, The Jacksonville Jaguars signed him only to release him less than a week later before the start of the 2007 NFL season.

Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League (CFL) signed Roman in 2008. He played for one season in which he started three games, featuring five games with Eskimos, wearing number 99. Roman retired from professional Football when he released from Eskimos on 10th November 2008.

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Career of Roman Reigns in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)

On July 2010, Roman Reigns signed a development contract with WWE and was later assigned to their developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW). Roman debuted in ring on 9th September 2010 using ring name as Roman Leakee with a loss against Richie Steamboat. Roman’s first win was against Fahd Rakman on 21st September 2010.When WWE rebranded FCW to NXT in August 2012, Roman made his debut with his new and current name Roman Reigns. On 31st October 2012 Roman debuted against CJ Parker and defeated him. His match in NXT was against Gavin Reids on 5th December 2012.

With The Shield

On 18th November at Survivor Series Roman Reigns made his main roster debut with his Shield brothers Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose. They interrupted the triple threat main event for the WWE Championship by assaulting Ryback and allowing CM Punk to retain the title. The Shield had their debut match at TLC on 16th December 2012 defeating Ryback and Team Hell No – Daniel Bryan and Kane in a Tables, Ladders and Chairs match. On 17th February 2013, at Elimination Chamber, The Shield defeated John Cena, Ryback and Sheamus. On 7th April 2013, at WrestleMania 29, The Shield won their first WrestleMania match against Sheamus, Randy Orton and The Big Show. The Shield’s undefeated streak broken by a disqualification loss in an elimination tag team match against John Cena, Kane and Daniel Bryan.

On 27th May 2013 Roman and Seth defeated Daniel Bryan and Kane for WWE Tag Team Championship. On 23rd September 2014 at Raw, Roman pinned for the first time by the Usos when the Shield lost in an eleven on three handicap elimination match. On 14th October 2013 Roman and Seth lost their WWE Tag Team Championship against Cody Rhodes and Goldust in a no disqualification match, following interference from Big Show.

On 26th January 2014 Roman entered at number 15 in Royal Rumble match and set the record for most elimination in a single Royal Rumble match with 12 eliminations. He also eliminated his Shield brothers Seth and Dean. The Shield defeated Evolution – Triple-H, Randy Orton and Batista in both Extreme Rules and Payback after which Batista quit WWE and then the Seth Rollins turning on Shield and joined The Authority with Triple-H due to which Dean and Seth became great rivals.

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Roman Reigns as a Single WWE Superstar

He fought for the title after dissolution of The Shield in June 2014. Despite in first many chances he failed. After which he fought against his fellow Shield brother Seth Rollins but before the fight Roman developed a legitimate incarcerated hernia which required surgery due to which Seth declared the winner at Night of Champions on 21st September 2014. Roman returned to WWE at TLC when Big Show interfered in John Cena Vs Seth Rollins in which Roman made a surprise entry and attacked both Big Show and Seth Rollins.

On 25th January 2015 Roman entering at number 19 and won the Royal Rumble event in which his cousin brother The Rock supported him. Roman then had his WrestleMania title shot qualifying match against Daniel Bryan in which he won and went to WrestleMania main event. His opponent was Brock Lesnar in WrestleMania 31. On 29th March 2015 at WrestleMania 31, Seth Rollins cashed in his Money in the Bank contract due to which the match became a triple threat match between Roman Reigns, Brock Lesnar and Seth Rollins. Seth Rollins won the match by pinning Roman Reigns.

On 22nd November 2015 at Survivor Series, Seth Rollins was injured due to which there was tournament for WWE World Heavyweight Championship, in which Roman won the title by defeating his Shield brother Dean Ambrose and became the WWE World Heavyweight Champion for the first time. But it was not lasted long than 5 minutes because Sheamus cashed in his Money in the Bank contract and pinned Roman Reigns. After gaining rematch against Sheamus, Roman regained his title back on 4th January 2016. On 24th January 2016, at Royal Rumble, Roman has to defend his title in Royal Rumble match in which he got eliminated at last by Triple-H. On 3rd April 2016, at WrestleMania 32, Roman again defeated Triple-H in the main event and became WWE World Heavyweight Champion for the third time. On 19th June 2016, Seth Rollins made a comeback and defeated Roman Reigns and ending his title reign at 77 days. Roman was suspended for 30 days for his first violation of WWE’s Wellness Program.

On 24Th July 2016, at Battleground, Roman made his return where he lost against Dean Ambrose. On 25th September 2016, at Clash of Champions, Roman defeated Rusev and became the United States Champion. On 9th January 2017, at Raw, Roman lost his United States Championship in a handicap match against Kevin Owens ending his reign at 106 days. On 5th March at Fastlane, Roman defeated Braun Strowman, becoming the first person to pin Braun Strowman. On 2nd April 2017 at WrestleMania 33, Roman defeated The Undertaker and became the second person to defeat The Undertaker at WrestleMania after Brock Lesnar. On 20th November 2017 at Raw, Roman defeated The Miz for Intercontinental Championship and became the 28th Triple Crown and 17th Grand Slam champion. On 22nd January 2018 at 25th Anniversary of Raw, Roman lost his title against The Miz ending his reign at 63 days. On 19th August 2018 at SummerSlam, Roman defeated Brock Lesnar and became the WWE Universal Champion ending Lesnar’s title reign of 504 days. On 16th September 2018 at Hell in a Cell, Roman defended his title against Braun Strowman with help of his Shield brothers Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose.

On 22nd October 23 2018, at Raw, Roman announced that due to ongoing battle with leukemia (a type of blood cancer) he has to strip his title for the treatment. Roman told “I want to make one thing clear by no means that this is a retirement speech, because after I done whooping leukemia’s a*s once again I’ am coming back home”.

On 25th February 2019 at Raw, Roman Reigns made his entry and rejoined WWE after fighting with leukemia. On the same night he attacked with Seth Rollins to Drew McIntyre, Baron Corbin, Bobby Lashley and Elias and they save Dean Ambrose. He defeated Drew McIntyre at WrestleMania 35 on 7th April 2019 which was his first one-on-one match after comeback. On 19th May at Money in the Bank, Roman defeated Elias.

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