A former collegiate football standout, Leati Joseph "Joe" Anoa'i performs for WWE as a terrorizing member of The Shield
alongside Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins
as Roman Reigns. At six-foot three inches and a rock-solid 265 pounds, Reigns boasts the physical stature, along with the looks
to which WWE officials are instinctively drawn in both male and female performers. He is the son of WWE Hall of Famer Sika
of The Wild Samoans and is a member of the legendary Anoa'i wrestling family - this incredible lineage includes intimidating behemothes
such as Yokozuna, Umaga, Rikishi and Rosey. (Continue Reading ») |
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Before he donned his first pair of wrestling boots, Reigns had tried and failed to make it in professional football.
After playing four years at Georgia Tech, he was signed but quickly dropped by the Minnesota Vikings and Jacksonville Jaguars
between May and August 2007. He did play a handful of games for the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League (CFL) in
2008, but was again cut in November of that year.
Football had been Anoa'i's first career choice. However, as the son of WWE Hall of Fame Sika and relative of other wrestlers,
the squared circle was a back-up plan, just in the case. Every wrestling savvy member of the family recognized that he had
the most important quality any WWE Superstar can possess - "the look."
His football career over, Anoa'i began training for professional wrestling. He lost weight (as a defensive tackle, he
weighed as much as 325 pounds) and began tightening his physique.
WWE, which had been aware of Anoa'i for years, didn't require any arm-twisting to sign him to a developmental contract in
July 2010. On September 9, 2010, Anoa'i made his debut in Florida Championship Wrestling, the then-developmental promotion
of WWE, under the name Roman Leakee - he lost to Richie Steamboat. Additional losses to Wes Brisco and the future Damien Sandow
(then known as Idol Stevens) ensued, before he gained his first victory on September 21, 2010 over Fahd Rakman. Leakee
continued wrestling in Florida Championship Wrestling throughout the remainder of 2010 as he largely competed in tag team
affairs. On the January 16, 2011 edition of FCW Wrestling, Leakee participated in a 30-Man Grand Royal to earn a
shot at the FCW Florida Heavyweight Championship held by Mason Ryan - he was eliminated. Later that year, Leakee aligned
himself with Donny Marlow and the duo unsuccessfully challenged Big E Langston and Calvin Raines for the Florida Tag Team
Championship on July 8.
On the February 5, 2012 episode of FCW Wrestling, the three men who would become The Shield collided in a Triple
Threat Match to name the number one contender to the then-FCW Florida Heavyweight Champion Leo Kruger (now known as Adam Rose).
Leakee, as Anoa'i was simply known, defeated Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins. The physiques of all three have changed
considerably since this match was held. Leakee lost the following week to Kruger. On June 15, 2012 at a Florida Championship
Wrestling live event in Palatka, Florida, Leakee and Mike Dalton captured the FCW Florida Tag Team Championship from Corey
Graves and Jake Carter. The reign, however, was short-lived as the duo lost the championship the following month to CJ Parker
and Jason Jordan.
In September 2012, Anoa'i was renamed Roman Reigns and hyped as a wrestler with the "it factor." That was an exaggeration.
He looked the part before he crushed CJ Parker in his WWE NXT debut on October 31, 2012, but was mediocre
in the ring and flat on promos. He did not seem ready for the main stage, even after two years in WWE's developmental
system. From his physical appearance, however, it was obvious he would receive a chance at WWE glory: equipped with "the
look," Reigns was a safer bet for stardom than Ambrose or Rollins.
In a surprising turn of events, Reigns officially debuted for WWE alongside Ambrose and Rollins on November 18, 2012
during the closing moments of the main event at Survivor Series. Running in, wearing matching black outfits, the
heel trio powerbombed Ryback through the announcers' table after the former Skip Sheffield had Shell Shocked John Cena in the
ring. The third man in this Triple Threat Match with Ryback and Cena was WWE Champion CM Punk, who pinned Cena amid the
chaos to retain the gold.
As a unit, they meshed immediately. Their victory over Ryback and Team Hell No (Kane and Daniel Bryan) in a Tables, Ladders,
and Chairs Match at the following month's TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs pay-per-view event - their debut match as a
unit - was incredible. The weaknesses visible in Reigns' singles outings on WWE NXT were concealed by the salvo of
movement and props: it was the adroit Ambrose and Rolins who kept things moving, and steered Reigns. When the gang
communicated with the public, it was the articulate Ambrose who did most of the talking. As one of three, Reigns always
had a safety talk. To his credit, though, he took direction well and never embarrassed himself.
In the start/stop era, these three were a welcome exception. Green never turned red: WWE was dedicated to their push.
As a three-man squad, the scored victories over star teams at Elimination Chamber on February 17, 2013 (John Cena,
Ryback and Sheamus) and WrestleMania 29 (Big Show, Randy Orton and Sheamus). On the April 26, 2013 episode of
SmackDown taped in London, England, they destroyed The Undertaker and blasted him through a table with their
now-familiar three-man powerbomb. "The Deadman" didn't appear at another WWE event all year, something for which The Shield
members were periodically given credit by the announcers.
At Extreme Rules on May 19, 2013, Reigns and Rollins defeated Kane and Bryan to capture the WWE Tag Team
Championship. Even after The Shield lost a blinding Six-Man Tag Team Match to Orton, Kane and Bryan on the June 14, 2013
episode of SmackDown - their first official defeat by pinfall or submission as a triumvirate - they were reheated
at WWE Payback two days later when Ambrose beat Kane by count out, and Rollins and Reigns defeated Bryan and Orton
when Rollins pinned Bryan.
Reigns and Rollins were also supplied with an excuse when they dropped the WWE Tag Team Championship to Cody Rhodes and
Goldust on October 14, 2013; Big Show interfered just prior to the finish. For newcomers, and heel youngsters at that, the
presentation was in stark contrast to every other fresh act in WWE this decade.
Although they may no longer be friends on-screen, Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins remain traveling partners.
Here is a shot of the two stopping for a quick photo at a Starbucks in Japan.
The two faced off against each other on Thursday in Tokyo, as Reigns and Dean Ambrose beat Rollins and Kane
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Was arrested just prior to joining WWE
When a professional wrestler becomes popular, often times fans will try to get to know as much about the individual as
possible. So with Roman Reigns' surging popularity in WWE, a lot of fans have discovered that he was once arrested.
The incident in question occurred on June 20, 2010 in the Pensacola, Florida area, just a few weeks prior to the former collegiate football standout signing a developmental contract with WWE. Reigns, who was 25-years-old at the time, was arrested for disorderly intoxication
and affray, unlawful assembly, or riot, according to a public record. In other words, he was arrested for appearing drunk in
public and taking part in a fight. He was released on $1,000 bond, with charges of $500 for each offence.
Word of his arrest did not become public knowledge until last year when his mugshot was uploaded on MugShots.com,
with it also being noted that he is WWE Superstar Roman Reigns. It remains unclear whether WWE officials ever found out
Roman Reigns and his college sweetheart have a daughter together
With Roman Reigns' rapidly escalating notoriety due to his WWE fame, this has led many grappling fans to search for personal information on the 29-year-old
former football player, such as whether or not he has a girlfriend. The Shield star is engaged
to a women named Jessica - the couple have been dating since the two attended college at Georgia Tech. Together, they have a
six-year-old daughter who was born in 2008.
Here is Reigns' girlfriend and daughter at Tuesday's SmackDown taping in Orlando, Florida.
The former WWE Tag Team Champion recently introduced Jessica to the public eye as he attended the 2014 WWE Hall of Fame
Induction Ceremony during WrestleMania XXX weekend in New Orleans, Louisiana with his college sweetheart seated
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