If you are a lover of wrestling, the name Roman Reigns would definitely ring a bell as he is one of the famous wrestlers on WWE Raw Brand. Roman who was born as Joseph Anoa’i on 25 May 1985 in Pensacola, Florida is the son of the retired wrestler Leati Sika Anoa’i. His mother, Patricia A. Anoa’i is said to be a housewife.
Roman’s elder brother, Matthew Tapunu’u Anoa’i was also a wrestler with the stage name Rosey. He passed on tragically on 17 April 2017 as a result of a heart failure. Roman is also known to have other extended family members who are famous wrestlers like his cousins Yokozuna, Rikishi, Umaga and The Tonga Kid. Also, it is said that he’s the first cousin of The Usos, The Rock and Nia Jaxx.
Apart from wrestling, it is known that Roman played collegiate football before playing in the NFL for teams like Minnesota Vikings and Jacksonville Jaguars. He was also in the Canadian League where he played for Edmonton Eskimos before his retirement in 2008 to concentrate on wrestling.
Roman Reigns WWE Career
The talented wrestler commenced his career with WWE when he was signed in 2010 under the WWE’s Florida Championship Wrestling commonly referred to as FCW. His debut match was on September 9, 2010, against Richie Steamboat using the ring name Roman Leakee but he lost the match. He also recorded losses to Stevens and Wes Brisco but on September 21 he landed his first win in the match against Fahd Rakman. He began competing in teams and in 2012 Roman won the FCW Florida Tag Team Championship with his partner Mike Dalton. Roman also changed his ring name that year to Roman Reigns when WWE rebranded the FCW to NXT.
From 2012 to 2014, the vibrant wrestler was known to be part of a trio team called The Shield which had Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins in it. The Shield were known for their numerous escapades in the ring which include their defeat of Team Hell No to win the WWE Tag Team Championship, their fight against the Wyatt Family and qualification for the WWE World Heavy Weight for which they were later disqualified.
When the trio broke up in June 2014, Roman Reigns began performing as a single wrestler and by the next year his performance improved and he landed a spot on the Royal Rumble competition in which he emerged as the 2015 Royal Rumble Champion after which he was scheduled to fight Brock Lesnar in WrestleMania 31. Reigns lost the fight due to Seth Rollins interference which helped Brock to emerge as the winner.
In October 2016, Roman won the WWE championship tournament but his victory was short lived as Sheamus got permission to attack him by cashing in his Money in the Bank, pinning Roman down within five minutes and thereby becoming the new champion. Later that month, the talented wrestler was given a rematch against Sheamus and he regained his title.
He was also drafted into WWE brand that year and by 2017, he won the great wrestler The Undertaker in WrestleMania 33. Sometime that same year, his Shield brothers reunited with him to fight The Miztourage. Though they won the first match, the group eventually lost to The Miztourage, that was in January 2018. Currently, Roman is striving to win the Universal Championship with his main opponent being Brock Lesnar.
To be a professional wrestler one cannot rule out the possibility of encountering injuries and Roman Reigns like most of his peers has faced a couple during the course of his career.
Back in February 2017, Roman was said to have suffered injuries at the hands of another wrestler Samoa Joe during a Monday Night Raw match. Also a few months later, he was attacked by Strowman who reportedly pushed over the ambulance in which Roman was placed by the medical personnel. After recovery and in the bid to seek revenge, he faced further assault from Strowman who struck him with a steel chair during their fight.
Why Was He Suspended?
The famous wrestler in a fit of rage publicly criticized the WWE Chairman Vince McMahan for not punishing Brock Lesner who failed to show up for a march against him in Detriot.
McMahon did not refute the fact that Brock Lesner was given preferential treatment but emphasized on the fact that Roman should stick to his duty and be silent. However, his suspension would not affect his match with Lesner at the WWE Universal Championship, WrestleMania 34 in April 2018.
Prior to his present suspension was the 30 days suspension the wrestling superstar had in 2016 for violating WWE Wellness Program.
Net Worth and House
Roman is said to rank among the highest paid wrestlers in WWE which has made his take-home salary to be around $1 million and his total net worth to be around $5 million.
According to reports, the WWE star bought his luxury house back in 2015 and it cost about $0.9 million. In addition to that, he owns a fleet of cars which include a Range Rover, Mercedes Benz SUV, Toyota Fortuner and Lamborghini Huracan.
Roman Reign’s Height & Weight
Roman is a well-built man and his athletic career suits him as he has a height of 6 ft 1 inch which carries his body weight of about 120 kg.