Joe Anoaʻi akun Roman Reigns is an American professional wrestler. He comes from a family of professional wrestlers to which famous WWE superstar turned actor “The Rock” belongs. After playing college football, he was unable to fully launch his professional career. Consequently, he quit football in 2008 and returned to what he was born to do, wrestling.
He joined WWE on a developmental deal in 2010, and in 2012 he made the main television roster. He played under a three man team for 2 years before launching as a solo competitor in 2014. His solo career was phenomenal as he won several titles in a few years. Roman Reigns is the 2013 WWE Brut Tag Team Champion (along with Seth Rollins), 2015 Royal Rumble Champion and three-time WWE World Heavyweight Champion. In November 2017, Roman Reigns also won the WWE Intercontinental Championship.
His stats are brilliant and he is also favored by the WWE Network, however, he hasn’t totally won the hearts of all wrestling fans. Since 2014, the WWE Network has worked tirelessly to introduce him as the new “face of the company” and heir apparent for John Ageena. However, their efforts continued to garner overwhelming backlash from fans and critics. He remains one of the most polarizing figures among pro wrestling fans, but one thing is for sure, Roman Reigns has risen to the top and is determined to stay that way for a long time to come.
Roman Reigns Bio, Age
He was born Leati Joseph Anoaʻi on May 25, 1985, in Pensacola, Florida. He played college football as a student at Georgia Institute of Technology. He began his professional football career in 2007 with a brief stint with two NFL teams, followed by a stint with a Canadian Football League (CFL) team. After one season in the CFL, he decided to retire from football to pursue a career in wrestling.
He signed a developmental contract with WWE in July 2010 and his initial stage name was “Roman Leakee”. He adopted the nickname “Roman Reigns” in August 2012. He debuted on the Survivor Series in November 2012, where he starred in a trio alongside Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins. The trio was called ‘The Shield’ and as a team they had quite an impressive run against some big WWE Superstars.
Roman Reigns entered the singles category in June 2014 after The Shield disbanded. Since 2014, WWE has been working tirelessly to make him its next “star”. In 2014, he was crowned WWE Superstar of the Year 2014. He has managed several WWE Network events, including three consecutive WrestleMania events (WrestleMania 31, 32 and 33).
As a solo competitor, Roman Reigns recorded major wins against WWE legends such as Triple H at Wrestlemania 32 and a showdown against The Undertaker at WrestleMania 33. His rise to the top, however, drew staggering backlash from fans. and critics who think WWE is trying to make Roman Reigns a megastar by any means possible at the expense of other wrestlers.
Family, brother and cousins
Roman Reigns comes from the large American Samoan family of professional wrestlers known as the Anoai family. His father, Sika Anoaʻi, was also a professional wrestler and a WWE Hall of Famer.
His older brother, Matthew Tapunu’u Anoa’i, whoRosey was also a professional wrestler. Rosey was trained by her uncle Afa Anoai. However, he passed away in April 2017 due to congestive heart failure.
Twins Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso who make up “The Usos” wrestling tag team are also first cousins of Roman Reigns. The Usos are three-time WWE Tag Team Champions. His cousins also include former famous professional wrestlers such as Yokozuna, Rikishi, Umaga and The Tonga Kid. Prior to leaving WWE in 2003, Umaga often teamed with the late Rosey in a tag team tag team.
Roman Reigns is also a non-biological cousin of Hollywood actor-turned-WWE superstar Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, whose father, Rocky Johnson, was also a wrestler.
woman and girl
Roman Reigns is married to Galina Joelle Becker. Like her husband, Galina was also an athlete in college. The two men met at Georgia Tech University. They got engaged on February 26, 2012.
Galina came into the limelight when she accompanied the WWE Superstar to the 2014 Hall of Fame ceremony. Before that, they had been together for 9 years. In 2014, they partied at Castaway Cay, a private island in Disney’s Bahamas.
The couple have one child together, a daughter named Joella “JoJo” Anoa’i. She was born on December 14, 2008. She played a crucial role in their marriage in 2014.
With hard work and massive support, WWE Network’s Roman Reigns has established himself as one of pro wrestling’s greats. Even though fans don’t quite accept him the way the network would like, his YouTube viewership and product sales have remained impressive.
The income of WWE Superstars usually consists of their base salary, bonuses and outside income. In 2017, Roman Reigns made a total of $3.5 million, making him the fourth highest paid wrestler of the year. The previous year, he earned $2.1 million, so he’s making financial strides.
Roman Reigns is estimated to be worth around $9 million. As he is at the height of his career, this number is expected to increase further.