Roman Reigns is a famous WWE wrestler and a former professional gridiron football player. He has garnered a huge fan base all over the globe and is often referred to as the future John Cena. Leati Joseph Anoaʻi is his actual name, though, he is famous by his ring name, Roman Reigns. Headlining some top pay-per-view-events, he has already made his mark in the industry. Let’s check out some interesting facts about the life of Roman Reigns.
Leati Joseph Anoaʻi or famously Roman Reigns was born on May 25, 1985, in Pensacola, Florida, USA. He with his in-ring skills and physical attributes earned himself nicknames like Joe, The Big Dog, The Juggernaut, The Powerhouse, The Guy. He came into the spotlight when he along with Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose formed the Shield in November 2012.
Before entering the world of wrestling, he played football. He though was not able to make it big there and decided to retire from football to focus on his wrestling career. He broke the scenes in WWE and became one of the top wrestlers in the WWE roster.
Coming from a lineage of wrestlers, he always had a good physique. He stands 6′ 3″ (191 cm) tall weighing 120 kg (265 lbs). He sweats in the gym day and night and has pumped himself with muscles; 52 inches chest, 36 inches waist, and 20 inches biceps, he has one of the most muscular bodies in the world of wrestling. He has long black hair and a set of distinct Hazel coloured eyes.
Family & Wife
Roman was born into the legendary American Samoan Anoa’i family, with a huge legacy of professional wrestlers.
He was born to Patricia Anoa’i, mother and Sika Anoa’i, his father, a WWE Hall of Famer and best known as the member of the WWF tag team ‘The Wild Samoans.’
He married Galina Becker, a fitness model in December 2014 at Disney’s Castaway Cay Bahamas. He first met Galina when they both were students at Georgia Institute of Technology.
They are blessed with three children, a daughter, Joelle Anoa’i, born in 2008 and twin sons born in 2017.
He grew up with three siblings, his brother Matthew Anoa’i aka Rosey, he was also a wrestler and passed away in 2017,
Vanessa Anoa’i, his sister and Summer Anoa’i, his half-sister.
He has a whole lineage of wrestlers in his family. He is the first cousin to ‘The Usos,’ which consists of the two real-life twin brothers Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso, and is related to Yokozuna, Umaga, and Rikishi. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Roman Reigns are distant cousins since their grandfathers – Peter Maivia and Amituana Anoa’i – were blood brothers.
Religion & Ethnicity
He practices Christianity and preaches in the Roman Catholic Church. He belongs to the Samoan ancestry.
He did his schooling from Pensacola Catholic High School, Pensacola, Florida and Escambia High School, Escambia County, Florida. After completing his High School he went to Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia and completed Majors in Management.
Initially, he wanted to be a professional football player. In May 2007, he was signed by Minnesota Vikings in the NFL. He was released later that month. In August, Jacksonville Jaguars signed him but they too released him within a week. He then played a season in the Canadian Football League (CFL) for Edmonton Eskimos in the 2008-2009 season. He then retired from football to start concentrating on wrestling.
In 2010, he signed a developmental contract with the WWE and was drafted to FCW, with the ring name “Leakee.” He lost to Richie Steamboat in his debut FCW match and got his first win against Fahd Rakman. In 2012, after the rebranding of FCW to NXT, he changed his ring name to Roman Reigns.
His NXT career in singles competitions only lasted 3 matches after which he was called up to the main roster with ‘The Shield.’ In 2012, The Shield’ made an astonishing debut on the WWE main roster by attacking Ryback and John Cena during the Survivor Series pay-per-view by helping out CM Punk to retain the WWE Championship.
In 2014, after the dissolution of the Shield, he started to headline RAW and pay-per-view events of the WWE. After John Cena, the company pushed him to be the new face of WWE while he is also one of the most polarised superstars in WWE. He is widely criticised by fans for his below-par mic skills, and his bland character.
He is known for his immense strength and in-ring skills. He has his own signature moves that he uses in fights with his opponents.
Multiple Corner Clotheslines
Running Apron Dropkick
Awards & Achievements
- High School: Defensive Player of the Year by the Pensacola News Journal
- FCW Florida Tag Team Championship: (1 time) with Mike Dalton
- 2013: Breakout Star of the Year, Feat of Strength of the Year, and Faction of the Year – with Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins as ‘The Shield,’ What a Maneuver of the Year – Spear
- 2014: Superstar of the Year, Faction of the Year – with Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins as ‘The Shield’
- 2015: Most Improved Wrestler of the Year, Winner of Royal Rumble
- 2016: Most Hated Wrestler of the Year
- WWE World Championship: 4 times
- His favourite food is Barbacoa.
- He likes to drink Monster Energy.
- He has always been a big WWE fan and Bret Hart is his favourite all-time WWE wrestler.
- He is a Pierce Brosnan fan and loves watching his movies.
- Leonardo DiCaprio’s Wolf of the Wall Street is his favourite movie.
- He is a big fan of the Green Bay Packers football team.
- He loves dining in the Chipotle restaurant.
- His favourite destination to visit is Australia.
He has tribal tattoos covering the whole of his right chest and arm. It took 17 hours for the tattoo covering his arm.
- In 2010, he was arrested in Pensacola, Florida, for appearing drunk in a public place and getting involved in a fight. He was subsequently released on $1,000 bond and charged with $500 for each offence.
- In 2016, Roman Reigns was charged with violating the WWE Wellness Policy. As a result, he was suspended for 30 days. WWE doesn’t usually make the names of the drug’s public, so there is no knowing what Roman Reigns consumed. Richard Rodriguez, the now-imprisoned former owner of the Wellness Fitness Nutrition company of Miami, named Reigns, and few other celebrities, as his former client, but Reigns denied the statement by saying, “I have never heard of Richard Rodriguez or Wellness Fitness Nutrition. I learned from the mistake I made nearly two years ago and paid the penalty for it. Since then, I’ve passed 11 tests as part of WWE’s independent drug testing program.”
Salary & Net Worth
As per the year 2017, he earns around $2 Million per year and has a total Net Worth of approximately $4 Million.
- He loves travelling and playing American Football in his leisure time.
- He is a Non-Vegetarian. He also drinks alcohol but doesn’t smoke.
- He owns a number of cars namely Lamborghini Huracan, Range Rover, Mercedes Benz SUV, and Toyota Fortuner, among others.
- His entrance theme song is “The Truth Reigns.”