Roman Reigns

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Roman Reigns
Roman Reigns November 2013.jpg
Reigns in November 2013
Birth nameLeati Joseph Anoa'i
Ring name(s)Joe Anoa'i[1]
(Roman) Leakee[1]
Roman Reigns[1]
Billed height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)[2]
Billed weight265 lb (120 kg)[2]
Born(1985-05-25) May 25, 1985 (age 28)[1]
Pensacola, Florida, United States[1]
Billed fromPensacola, Florida[3]
Trained byAfa Anoa'i[4]
Sika Anoa'i[4]
Florida Championship Wrestling[1]
Debut2010[1]
 
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Roman Reigns
Roman Reigns November 2013.jpg
Reigns in November 2013
Birth nameLeati Joseph Anoa'i
Ring name(s)Joe Anoa'i[1]
(Roman) Leakee[1]
Roman Reigns[1]
Billed height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)[2]
Billed weight265 lb (120 kg)[2]
Born(1985-05-25) May 25, 1985 (age 28)[1]
Pensacola, Florida, United States[1]
Billed fromPensacola, Florida[3]
Trained byAfa Anoa'i[4]
Sika Anoa'i[4]
Florida Championship Wrestling[1]
Debut2010[1]

Leati Joseph "Joe" Anoa'i (born May 25, 1985) is an American professional wrestler and former Canadian football defensive tackle. Anoa'i is signed to WWE, where he works under the ring name Roman Reigns as one-third of the stable The Shield and is a former WWE Tag Team Champion. He is tied with Aja Kong for the record for the most eliminations at the annual Survivor Series match, eliminating 4 people in the match at the 2013 event,[5] and two months later broke the 13 year record for most eliminations in a single Royal Rumble at the 2014 event, eliminating 12 superstars.[6] He is a member of the Anoa'i family, a renowned Samoan-American wrestling dynasty.

Football career[edit]

Joe Anoa'i
Joe Anoai.jpg
Photo by Jamie Howell
Date of birth:(1985-05-25) May 25, 1985 (age 28)
Place of birth:Pensacola, Florida, United States
Career information
Status:Retired
CFL status:Import
Position(s):DT
Weight:280 lb (130 kg)
College:Georgia Tech
Organizations
As player:
2007
2007
2008

Minnesota Vikings*
Jacksonville Jaguars*
Edmonton Eskimos

*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career stats
Tackles9
Knockdowns0
Sacks0
*CFL statistics only

Anoa'i is a former Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket, and was named first-team All-ACC his senior year.[1] After going undrafted in the 2007 NFL Draft, he was signed by the Minnesota Vikings.[7] Upon being released by the Vikings, he was added to the Jacksonville Jaguars roster to provide depth at defensive end. In 2008, Anoa'i was signed by the Edmonton Eskimos and accepted a spot on the team's practice roster.[1][8]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

World Wrestling Entertainment / WWE[edit]

Developmental territories (2010–2012)[edit]

In July 2010, Anoa'i signed a developmental contract with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and was later assigned to their developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW).[1] He debuted on September 9, 2010, using the ring name Roman Leakee, in a loss to Richie Steamboat in a singles match. Further losses to Idol Stevens and Wes Brisco ensued, before he gained his first win on September 21 over Fahd Rakman. He continued competing in FCW throughout the remainder of the year, wrestling mainly in tag team matches.[9] On the January 16, 2011 episode of FCW television, Leakee was a competitor in a 30-man Grand Royal, but was eliminated.[10] Later in 2011, Leakee formed an alliance with Donny Marlow and the pair unsuccessfully challenged Calvin Raines and Big E Langston for the Florida Tag Team Championship on July 8.[11]

In 2012, Leakee became a main eventer in singles competition, and he pinned Florida Heavyweight Champion Leo Kruger during a tag team match on the 8 episode of FCW television.[12] On the February 5 episode of FCW television, he defeated Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins in a triple threat match to become the number one contender to the FCW Florida Heavyweight Championship.[13] He failed to win the championship when he lost to champion Kruger the following week.[14] Leakee later won the Florida Tag Team Championship with Mike Dalton, before dropping it to CJ Parker and Jason Jordan.

When WWE rebranded its developmental territory, FCW, into NXT Wrestling,[15] Anoa'i, with a new ring name of Roman Reigns, made his WWE NXT debut on the October 31, 2012 episode, defeating CJ Parker.[16]

The Shield (2012–present)[edit]

Roman Reigns made his main roster television debut on November 18, 2012 at the Survivor Series pay-per-view alongside Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins, assaulting Ryback during the triple threat main event for the WWE Championship, which led to CM Punk pinning John Cena to retain the title.[17] The trio declared themselves "The Shield" and vowed to rally against "injustice." They denied working for Punk, but routinely emerged from the crowd to attack Punk's adversaries, including Ryback and WWE Tag Team Champions Team Hell No (Kane and Daniel Bryan).[18][19][20][21] This led to a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match being set up for the TLC pay-per-view, where Ambrose, Reigns and Rollins defeated Team Hell No and Ryback in their debut match.[22] The Shield continued to aid Punk after TLC; during Punk and Ryback's TLC match for the WWE Championship on the January 7, 2013, episode of Raw, they attacked Ryback, which resulted in Punk again retaining his title.[23] During the Royal Rumble event where The Rock challenged for Punk's WWE Championship, a blackout occurred and The Rock was attacked by the Shield in the darkness, leading to Punk pinning The Rock and retaining his title. The match was later restarted with The Rock winning the WWE Championship.[24] The following night on Raw, it was revealed that Punk and his manager Paul Heyman had been paying the Shield and Brad Maddox to work for them all along.[25]

The Shield then quietly ended their association with Punk while a feud with John Cena, Ryback and Sheamus led to a six-man tag match on February 17 at Elimination Chamber,[26][26][27] which the Shield won.[28] The Shield had their first Raw match the following night, where they defeated Chris Jericho, Ryback, and Sheamus.[29] Sheamus then formed an alliance with Randy Orton and later Big Show, to take on the Shield,[30] but on April 7 at WrestleMania 29, the Shield emerged victorious in their first WrestleMania match.[31] The following night on Raw, The Shield attempted to attack the Undertaker but were stopped by Team Hell No.[32] This set up a six-man tag team match on the April 22 episode of Raw, where The Shield emerged victorious.[33] Four days later on SmackDown, the Shield beat the Undertaker down with chairs and triple-powerbombed him through the announcers' table.[34] On the April 29 episode of Raw, The Shield defeated Team Hell No and WWE Champion John Cena in a six-man tag team match, with Reigns pinning Cena for the win.[35] On the May 13 episode of Raw, The Shield's undefeated streak in televised six-man tag team matches ended in a disqualification loss in an elimination match against Cena, Kane and Bryan. With Kane and Bryan eliminated, Cena pinned Rollins and then Reigns was disqualified. Ambrose was disqualified when Reigns and Rollins attacked Cena.[36]

On May 19 at Extreme Rules, after Ambrose won the WWE United States Championship, Rollins and Reigns defeated Team Hell No in a tag team tornado match to win the WWE Tag Team Championship.[37] Rollins and Reigns made their first televised title defense on the May 27 episode of Raw, defeating Team Hell No in a rematch.[38] On the June 14 episode of SmackDown, the Shield's unpinned/unsubmitted streak in televised six-man tag team matches came to an end at the hands of Team Hell No and Randy Orton, when Daniel Bryan submitted Rollins.[39][40] Three days later at WWE Payback, Rollins and Reigns defeated Bryan and Orton to retain their tag team titles.[41] Rollins and Reigns began feuding with their new number one contenders the Usos,[42] and on July 14, during the Money in the Bank pre-show, defeated them to retain the WWE Tag Team Championship.[43] On September 15 at Night of Champions, Reigns and Rollins successfully retained their titles by defeating The Prime Time Players (Darren Young and Titus O'Neil).[44] On the September 23 Raw, Reigns was pinned for the first time while on the main roster courtesy of the Usos when the Shield participated and lost a 11-on-3 handicap elimination match.[45]

On the October 14 episode of Raw, Reigns and Rollins lost the WWE Tag Team Championship to Cody Rhodes and Goldust in a No Disqualification match, following interference from Big Show.[46] On October 27 at Hell in a Cell, Reigns and Rollins failed to regain the Tag titles from the Rhodes brothers in a triple threat match, also involving the Usos.[47] At Survivor Series, Reigns was the Sole Survivor for his team in the traditional 5 on 5 elimination tag team match after eliminating four opponents.[48] With that he tied Aja Kong for the record for the most eliminations in the annual Survivor Series match.[5] At TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs, CM Punk overcame the Shield in a handicap match after Ambrose received a spear aimed for Punk. On January 6, 2014, Reigns defeated Punk on the special Raw Old School episode, making him the only member of the Shield to have beaten Punk.[49] At the Royal Rumble pay-per-view, Reigns entered the Rumble match at #15, and set the record for most eliminations in a single Rumble with 12. He eliminated Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose and was the runner-up in the match, eliminated by the winner, Batista.Cite error: A <ref> tag is missing the closing </ref> (see the help page). As a member of the Anoa'i family, he is also related to fellow professional wrestlers Rikishi, The Usos, The Rock, Umaga, Yokozuna and former WWF Tag Team Champions, The Headshrinkers.

In wrestling[edit]

The Shield prepare to perform their triple powerbomb.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Reigns as Tag Team Champion in 2013

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