Roman Reigns, born Leati Joseph ‘Joe’ Anoaʻi on May 25, 1985, is a professional wrestler and a former professional football player. he was born in Pensacola, Florida and he is half-Samoan and half-Italian. Reigns was born into the Anoa’i, a prominent wrestling family. His father, Sika, is a retired professional wrestler, while his older brother Rosey was also a wrestler. He is also related to several retired wrestlers. Reigns entered the world of sports by playing football for his high school. During his senior year, he was named the “Defensive Player of the Year” by the “Pensacola News Journal.” He is a five-time heavyweight champion and in 2022, became the longest-reigning Universal champion, holding the position for more than 567 days. He is also the face of W.W.E. Let’s celebrate this champion’s special day right here.
Roman Reigns is a celebrated W.W.E. wrestler and the holder of the Universal Champion title in the world of wrestling. Born on May 25, 1985, in Pensacola, Florida, he is half-Samoan and half-Italian. Reigns played football in high school and was named the “Defensive Player of the Year” by the “Pensacola News Journal” in his senior year.
He joined the Georgia Institute of Technology after high school and was part of the Georgia Technology Yellow Jackets football team. He missed getting picked for a team at the 2007 National Football League draft but was later signed by the Minnesota Vikings. However, he was released from the team after being diagnosed with leukemia. Reigns was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars after recovering but was dropped from the team later. He went on to join the Edmonton Eskimos, a Canadian Football League team. After playing five games as part of the team, Reigns decided to retire from professional football.
In 2010, he signed a contract with the W.W.E. and was assigned to the Florida Wrestling Championship. He fought his first match in the same year in a 15-man Battle Royale. He was part of a 30-man Grand Royal and a Florida Tag Team championship in 2011. In 2012, he became a main eventer and defeated the Florida Heavyweight Champion at the time, Leo Kruger. He went on to win a match against Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins, becoming the number one contender for the FCW Florida Heavyweight Championship. He lost the title to Kruger but won the Tag Team Championship with Mike Dalton.
In the same year, Reigns joined the main W.W.E. event as a villain character, competing against fellow wrestler Ryback during the triple threat main event for the W.W.E. championship. Although CM Punk won the title, the match established Reigns as the villain character. Reigns won several matches in his villainous persona. He won the Universal Championship for the first time in 2018, defeating Brock Lesnar at the SummerSlam. He let go of the title after his leukemia returned later that year. After being declared to be in remission in 2019, he returned to wrestling. In 2020, the wrestler “The Feind” won the title, but Reigns won it back a week later at the W.W.E. Payback, defending it from wrestlers Jey Uso, Kevin Owens, Edge, and Daniel Bryan. He retained his title at SummerSlam 2023 and extended his incredible W.W.E. Undisputed Universal Championship run after defeating Jey Uso.
He made his Hollywood debut with “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw” (2019) and has also acted in two more films, “The Wrong Missy” (2020) and “Rumble” (2021), since then.
Reigns has been married to Galina Becker since 2014 and they have five children. They met as students at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2006.
He is assigned to the Florida Wrestling Championships and plays his first match — a 15-man Battle Royale — soon after.
Along with Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose, he fights a triple threat event and despite losing, he gets established as a villainous character.
After defeating Brock Lesnar at the SummerSlam, he wins the highly coveted title, which he holds until October.
Reigns defeats "The Feind" at the W.W.E. payback to win the Universal Championship title.
Reigns holds the title of the W.W.E. Universal Champion for 567+ days, becoming the sixth-longest reign holder in the history of the title.
He retains his title and extends his W.W.E. Undisputed Universal Championship run when he defeats Jey Uso.
Why We Love Roman Reigns
He is a fighter
Not just in the ring, but in real life too. He was diagnosed with leukemia twice; once in 2007 and then in 2018 and had to forego some amazing opportunities while battling the disease. However, he bounced back stronger than before and received a lot of love and recognition for his brave fight.
He appreciates his fans
Reigns’ fans only have positive things to say about him and the wrestler feels the same way about them. He loves his fans and has expressed his appreciation for them and their support many times. His fans call themselves the "Roman Empire."
He is well-liked among his peers
He has good chemistry with all his opponents, which is why all the matches he plays are fair. He appreciates the work his opponents put in and often proves that beneath the rough exterior, he is a big softie!
5 Surprising Facts
"The Tribal Chief"
He has adopted a character known as "The Tribal Chief," who is characterized by his dominance and his insistence on being the head of the Anoa'i family.
He is “related” to The Rock
Although not related biologically, Reigns considers Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson to be his blood brother, as in, they have sworn lifelong loyalty to one another.
Reigns looks up to Wrestler Bret Hart.
He loves Ironman
Reigns loves the superhero Ironman and sometimes acts like him while in the ring.
His charitable work
has granted numerous wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Roman Reigns FAQs
Who is Roman Reigns’ best friend?
Reigns considers fellow wrestler R-Truth to be one of his best friends.
Is Roman Reigns a twin?
No, but Reigns does have two sets of twin children with his wife, Galina Becker.
Is Roman Reigns still friends with Seth Rollins?
Yes. So many years after their wrestling team, The Shield broke up, Reigns is still friends with his former teammates.
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