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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 ») | (Who Is Roman Reigns' Wife?) | (Why Was Roman Reigns Arrested?) | (Does Roman Reigns Have Accounts On Facebook and Instagram?) | (More Information On Roman Reigns) | (Photo Gallery)

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Roman Reigns' Path To Greatness

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.

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Roman Reigns and his college sweetheart have a daughter together

  • Who Is Roman Reigns' Wife?: 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 former Shield powerhouse is actually married to his college sweetheart, Galina Joelle Becker. The couple have been together since the two attended college at Georgia Tech. Together, they have a six-year-old daughter who was born in 2008.

    The WWE heavyweight star introduced Becker to the public eye in 2014 as he attended the WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony during WrestleMania XXX weekend in New Orleans, Louisiana with his college sweetheart seated beside him. While Reigns was sidelined from the squared circle with an incarcerated hernia, the longtime couple got married in December 2014. The wedding ceremony took place at Disney's Castaway Cay, a private island which Disney uses as a regular destination for their cruise line. (See Photos Of Roman Reigns With His Wife »)

  • Why Was Roman Reigns Arrested?: When a professional wrestler becomes popular, fans will go online to discover as much information about that person as possible. With Roman Reigns' booming popularity in WWE, many fans have have discovered that the popular WWE Superstar was arrested in the past. (See Roman Reigns' Mugshot »)

    The event in question occurred in the Pensacola, Florida area on June 20, 2010, just a few weeks before the former member of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football team had signed a contract with WWE to join the organization's then-developmental branch, Florida Championship Wrestling. Reigns, who was 25-years-old then, was arrested for disorderly intoxication and affray, unlawful assembly, or riot, according to a public record. In other words, the future WWE Superstar was jailed for appearing drunk in public and participating in a fight. He was later released on $1,000 bond, with charges of $500 for each offence.

    Word of his infraction did not become public knowledge until 2014 when his mugshot was uploaded to MugShots.com, with the image being labeled as WWE Superstar Roman Reigns. It is not known whether WWE officials were ever informed of his arrest.

  • Roman Reigns On Social Media: Unlike many of WWE's Superstars, Roman Reigns is not particular active on social media. He has an account on Twitter at wweromanreigns, but very rarely posts messages. Reigns does not have accounts on Facebook or Instagram. All accounts posing as the WWE Superstar are fake.

  • How Old Is Roman Reigns?: To many wrestling fans, the age of Roman Reigns is unclear. The WWE Superstar is 29-years-old—he was born on May 25, 1985 in Pensacola, Florida.

    Who Is Writing Roman Reigns' Awkward Promos?

    Roman Reigns has been the talk of the WWE town for the last month and a half, but for the wrong reasons. The former WWE Tag Team champion is on course to overtake John Cena’s position as top dog of WWE. Like its been said many times before, Reigns has the look and build to be the “face” of WWE. However, things aren’t exactly going his way.

    First, Daniel Bryan returned to the WWE and announced he will be entering the Royal Rumble match on January 25. It will be his first time wrestling since May. Second, Reigns’ performance since his return from injury can be said in one word: lackluster.

    A few days ago, it was reported that Reigns was not receiving the kind of crowd reaction WWE officials were expecting from the future of the company. Looking at the crowd during his matches with Big Show, the crowd looks disinterested. Another disappointing part of Reigns’ game are his promos, as officials are becoming frustrated with his scripted promos as of late.

    Within WWE, there has been a lot of talk in regards to the manner in which Roman Reigns‘ promos have been scripted as of late. Dave Meltzer reported Wednesday in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that many people in the company are under the impression that Reigns’ promos have put him in ‘quicksand’ and aren’t helping him reach the next level at all.

    It definitely doesn't help matters when Reigns is scripted to bark cringe-worthy one-liners. After comparing himself to Superman on Raw, Reigns delivered another awkward promo on SmackDown while speaking face-to-face with Seth Rollins. In this promo, Reigns actually says "Sufferin' succotash!"

    Regarding this awkward promo, Meltzer mentioned on Twitter that Reigns' lines on television are being written by Vince McMahon.

    Disregarding the notions of his poor promos, a match pitting Reigns against Lesnar is still expected to take place. Since Lesnar is rumored to be leaving the company after WrestleMania 31, there would only be one time to have that match.

    Is there anyway to fix Reigns on the microphone? WWE has some of the best talkers in the professional wrestling industry, and they can guide Reigns to the promise land. While Reigns was out of commission, he received help from legendary actor Howard Fine in order to get better on the stick.

    For the plenty of Reigns fans in the WWE Universe, change is always possible. Seth Rollins is a perfect example of someone who has gotten drastically better on the microphone. In Ring of Honor, Rollins couldn’t speak well. Now, Rollins is one of the best talkers in WWE. It’s no secret that the “face” of WWE needs to be able to speak, and Reigns isn’t quite there yet. Perhaps Reigns just isn’t ready for the responsibility that John Cena has dealt with for the past 10 years. After the Royal Rumble, the WWE Universe will see if they truly believe in Roman Reigns.

    See Photos From Roman Reigns' Wedding »

    Jim Ross Thinks Roman Reigns Winning The Royal Rumble Would Be "Great"

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    The future face of WWE?

    Roman Reigns would be a "great" choice to win the 2015 Royal Rumble, according to legendary broadcaster and former WWE executive Jim Ross.

    In a new interview with Rolling Stone, J.R. dished on why he thinks Reigns has what it takes, in spite of the fact that fans have been rebelling against his promos and, for many, his in-ring work has grown stale.

    A lot of things depend on how healthy some of the guys are that are hurt. I would say you have a chance to have someone emerge from the Rumble that's going to be your next big thing. With that said, my feeling is that Roman Reigns wins the Royal Rumble. He has a great look. He has the confidence of the promotion, so I think he'd be a great potential winner. How he does it is another issue. Does he come in during the middle of the match and just dominate? Last year, he did that. I don't think it was followed up on like they probably would have liked for it to. If you're going to have [Brock] Lesnar be the champion at WrestleMania, and then the winner of the Royal Rumble meets the champion, then you would have the match between Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar, and there's where you would pass the torch."

    While current fan reaction seems to favor a returned Daniel Bryan in the Royal Rumble 30-man battle royal match, the long-term outlook all along has been to have Brock Lesnar pass the torch to Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 31.

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