Roman Reigns is a professional wrestler and actor who has taken the wrestling world by storm with his charisma, athleticism, and larger-than-life personality. Born as Leati Joseph “Joe” Anoa’i on May 25, 1985, in Pensacola, Florida, Roman Reigns comes from a lengthy line of professional wrestlers that run in the Anoa’i family. He is the current Undisputed WWE Universal Champion, a championship that he has held for over 950 days, the fifth longest reign in WWE history, and his reign of terror shows no signs of slowing down.
The Tribal Chief took time off from the world of professional wrestling due to the global events of 2020. For those of you who aren’t familiar with WWE, Reigns has legitimately battled leukemia throughout his life and was deemed high risk to those events of three years ago and hence took an unplanned sabbatical from the company. He would return in the summer of 2020 and immediately align with perennial bad guy Paul Heyman.
In the almost three years since The Head of the Table has ruled with an iron fist. He claimed the Universal Championship in August and proceeded to form the Bloodline faction alongside his real-life cousins, Jimmy & Jey Uso. Late last year, Solo Sikoa, the younger brother of The Usos, also joined the faction, and he has been a formidable presence ever since.
Reigns has headlined seven WrestleMania’s and is just one behind Hulk Hogan’s record of eight main events at the show of shows. He is expected to match that record in Philadelphia next April, and as he is aged just 37 years of age, far more headlining performances are surely just around the corner. In honor of The Tribal Chief closing in on an unprecedented 1,000-day title reign, let’s take a deep dive into the life and times of Joe Anoa’i, arguably the greatest professional wrestler of all time.
Roman Reign’s lineage is a story of excellence in the world of professional wrestling. He is the son of Sika Anoa’i, a former professional wrestler, who formed one-half of The Wild Samoans alongside his brother Afa Anoaʻi, one of the greatest tag teams of all time. He spent most of his childhood in Minnesota, where he excelled in football and eventually earned a scholarship at Georgia Tech. The reigning champ had preseason stints with the Minnesota Vikings and the Jacksonville Jaguars, two teams who are considered outsiders by Bovada’s Super Bowl odds, priced at +4000 and +2500 respectively.
Family is everything to the Tribal Chief, and this is evident in his ring name ‘Reigns,’ which reflects Anoa’i family’s heritage and culture. It is also evidenced in his recent work, which has seen him cling on to the biggest prize in sports entertainment by any means necessary thanks to his role as the Head of the Table.
Roman Reigns made his professional wrestling debut in Florida Championship Wrestling in 2010, which would later become NXT, WWE’s primary developmental territory. He was immediately catapulted into the spotlight when he made his main roster debut alongside fellow NXT standouts Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins forming part of The Shield, who caused chaos at the Survivor Series 2012 pay-per-view.
The faction imploded in the summer of 2014 after almost two years together. Many were bewildered by the decision, especially considering that The Shield was one of the hottest acts in all professional wrestling at the time having just knocked off Evolution, comprising Triple H, Batista, and Randy Orton. However, all three of them took the decision in their stride and have since gone on to become multiple-time world champions, with Reigns becoming the undisputed top tar out of the three.
Reigns is currently 37 years old and stands at six feet and three inches tall. He weighs in at an impressive 265 pounds and is considered one of the best athletes in professional wrestling because of his strength, speed, and agility. He is married to longtime partner Galina Becker and the pair have five children together, including two pairs of twins. Following the expansion of his family, Reigns has recently negotiated a reduced schedule with the WWE which sees him perform at far fewer events, despite being the undisputed top star within the company.
Within the WWE, there is nothing that Reigns hasn’t done. He is the WWE’s 28th triple crown champion, a moniker awarded to superstars that have won every title within the company. He is a six-time world champion and his current championship reign is the fifth longest in company history.
Should he manage to hang on to his title until June 24th, his Reign will become the fourth longest in history, with only Hulk Hogan and Bruno Sammartino (twice) holding the championship longer than the Tribal Chief. As of 202, Reigns’ net worth is estimated to stand at $20m, and that is sure to increase in the coming years.
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