Relation(s)Galina Becker (Spouse), Sika Anoaʻi (Father), Patricia A. Anoa'i (Mother)
Roman Reigns real name "Leati Joseph Anoa’i" is an American professional wrestler born on 25th May 1985 in Pensacola, Florida. Reigns is currently signed to the SmackDown brand of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and is one of the most integral wrestlers of the company. He is the current WWE Unified World Champion.
It is interesting to know that Reigns did not start his career as a wrestler but as a football player. He started his professional football career with off-season spells with Minnesota Vikings and Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League back in 2007. He then moved across the border to join Canadian Football League’s Edmonton Eskimos in 2008. He was released at the end of the season and with that Reigns’ football career ended.
Roman Reigns is half Samoan wrestler and half Italian through his lineage. Wrestling runs in his family as both his father Sika Anoa’i and brother Rosey were wrestlers. Roman reigns cousins are former WWE wrestlers Yokozuna, Rikishi, Umaga, and The Rock.
Reigns married Galina Joelle Becker in December 2014. They have a daughter named Joelle. In 2016, Roman Reigns wife gave birth to twin boys.
Professional Wrestling Career
Reigns then pursued his career in professional wrestling and was signed by the WWE in 2010. He made his main roster debut in 2012 as a part of the group, The Shield, along with Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins. After the trio split in 2014, Reigns started wrestling as a singles wrestler. He is a three-time WWE World Heavyweight Champion, a one-time WWE United States Champion, a one-time WWE Intercontinental Champion, and a one-time WWE Tag Team Champion. Reigns also won the 2015 Royal Rumble and the 2014 Superstar of the Year.
Reigns jointly hold the WWE record for the most number of eliminations in a Survivor Series Elimination Match with four in the 2013 edition. He also holds the record for the most number of eliminations in the Royal Rumble with 12 in the 2014 edition. The record was then broken by Braun Strowman later. Reigns have headlined the last four Wrestlemanias and WWE has attempted to establish Reigns as the “face of the company” in the past few years.
Roman Reigns moved to wrestle in July 2010, when he signed a contract with WWE and was later drafted to their Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW) territory. He made his WWE debut on 9th September 2010 using the ring name Roman Leakee. With Roman Reigns age being in the 20s, the former Jacksonville Jaguars player made his singles WWE debut in a losing effort to Richie Steamboat. Roman won his first match in the division after sustaining a couple more losses. In 2011, he formed a tag team with Donny Marlow and the duo challenged Calvin Raines and Big E Langston for the FCW Tag Team Championship. However, their attempt would be unsuccessful.
In 2012, Leakee pinned then FCW Heavyweight Champion Leo Kruger during a tag-team match. The match emerged as the starting point of a new feud as Leakee later defeated Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins in a triple threat match, becoming the number one contender for the FCW Heavyweight Championship. However, he failed in his mission as he lost to Kruger the following week. Leakee later regained the tag-team titles with Mike Dalton. After WWE rebranded FCW to WWE NXT, Leakee changed his ring name to Roman Reigns and made his debut on 31st October to beat CJ Parker. He beat Chase Donovan and wrestled in his last match in the division against Gavin Reids which he won on the December 5 episode of NXT.
Standing at 6 ft 3 in, Roman Reigns height certainly played a huge factor, as the former FCW sensation made his first appearance on the WWE main roster as part of the group known as The Shield along with Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins. They made their appearance during the triple threat main event for the WWE Championship involving CM Punk, John Cena and Ryback at the Survivor Series PPV. They came in through the crowd and attacked Ryback together.
A tired and vulnerable Ryback could not do anything as they beat him mercilessly. They ended by throwing him through the commentary table which later turned out to be the signature move of the group. As a result of the intervention, CM Punk retained the title.
The Shield WWE
In the episode of RAW following the Survivor Series, The Shield defended their actions by saying that they vowed to battle against injustice and categorically denied working for CM Punk. They would call themselves ‘The Hounds of Justice’. However, the group would emerge from the crowd to regularly beat up Punk’s opponents and adversaries including Ryback and Team Hell No, a tag-team comprising of Kane and Daniel Bryan.
This led to a tag-team match between The Shield and the three adversaries of CM Punk in the TLC: Tables, Ladders, and Chairs pay per view. This was the official debut match of the group, which The Shield easily won. The Shield continued to attack Punk’s opponents, including beating up The Rock who is Roman Reigns cousin. On the January 28, 2013 episode of RAW, it was revealed that CM Punk and his manager Paul Heyman had been paying The Shield to work for him.
The trio ended their association with Punk and began feuding with John Cena, Ryback, and Sheamus. They faced each other on February 17th at the Elimination Chamber which was won by The Shield. The group competed in their first match on RAW in the following episode which they won against Ryback, Sheamus, and Chris Jericho.
In an attempt to beat the group, Sheamus formed an alliance with Randy Orton and Big Show and faced them at Wrestlemania 29, where The Shield again emerged victoriously. The Shield started attacking The Undertaker in the following episode of RAW but were stopped by Team Hell No. This set up a six-man tag team match in the 22nd April 2013 episode of RAW which The Shield won. The Shield’s winning streak came to an end when they lost via disqualification in an elimination tag-team match against John Cena, Kane, and Daniel Bryan in the 13th May 2013 episode.
At the Extreme Rules pay-per-view, Reigns won his first belt in WWE as he partnered with Seth Rollins to win the WWE Tag Team Championship in a tornado tag team championship. They won the rematch against Team Hell No on the 27th May 2013 episode of RAW. The duo defended their titles against Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan at Payback, against The Usos at Money in the Bank, and against Prime Time Players at Night of Champions.
In August, The Shield started working for Triple H and The Authority in a change of storyline. Reigns and Rollins lost their titles to Cody Rhodes and Goldust in a no disqualification match following interference from Big Show and went on to lose the rematch against them as well. At Survivor Series, Reigns was the sole survivor for The Shield in a five-on-five elimination tag team match where he made a Survivor Series record by eliminating four. In the Royal Rumble, Reigns entered the rumble at number 15 and made the record for the most number of eliminations with 12. He was finally eliminated by Batista.
Just before Wrestlemania XXX, The Shield attacked Jerry Lawler but later turned their attention to Kane. Leading up to the event, they continued to attack Kane who was joined by The New Age Outlaws, thus culminating into a match at the pay-per-view. The Shield won the match. The feud with Kane resulted in The Shield severing ties with Triple H who reformed Evolution once again. However, The Shield defeated Evolution at Extreme Rules and Payback. Batista quit WWE soon after, which led Triple H to execute his Plan B. This led to Seth Rollins attacking Reigns and Ambrose and as a result, The Shield broke apart.
The Big Dog
After The Shield broke apart, Reigns was brought into title contention. He failed to win the World Heavyweight Title Championship Ladder Match at Money in the Bank. In the next pay-per-view at Battleground, Reigns was a part of the fatal four-way match for the Championship which he lost as well. Reigns then developed a feud with Randy Orton which led to a match between them at Summerslam where Reigns beat Orton.
In the meantime, Dean Ambrose was feuding with Rollins over his betrayal which ultimately led to Ambrose being injured by the latter. Roman Reigns stepped in and a match was set up at Night of Champions. However, Reigns developed an incarcerated hernia which required surgery before the event and thus Reigns was ruled out of action for an indefinite amount of time.
Reigns returned in the TLC: Tables, Ladders, and Chairs event where he attacked both Big Show and Seth Rollins to help John Cena win. Following the event, Reigns faced Big Show in multiple matches, all of which were won by Reigns.
Roman Reigns entered the 2015 Royal Rumble at number 19, which he won thus earning an opportunity to headline Wrestlemania 31. Reigns was then forced to defend this opportunity with a match against Daniel Bryan at Fastlane and successfully managed to do it. At Wrestlemania 31, Seth Rollins cashed in his Money in the Bank when Reigns’ match against Brock Lesnar was underway. Rollins then pinned Reigns to win the championship.
In April 2015, Reigns refueled his rivalry with Big Show which resulted in a Last Man Standing match at Extreme Rules. Reigns won the match. At Payback, Reigns failed to win the championship against Rollins in a fatal four-way match. He competed in the Money in the Bank match at the pay-per-view but failed to win after Bray Wyatt attacked him.
Reigns also failed to win against Wyatt at Battleground following an intervention. At the Night of Champions, Reigns teamed with former ally Dean Ambrose and Chris Jericho but the duo was beaten by Wyatt, Luke Harper, and Braun Strowman. At Hell in a Cell, Reigns had his redemption as he beat Wyatt.
Roman Reigns Injury
On the 26th October 2015 episode of RAW, Reigns participated in a fatal four-way match involving Alberto del Rio, Dolph Ziggler, and Kevin Owens to determine the number one contender for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Reigns won the match, which was followed by Seth Rollins’ untimely injury leading to the championship being vacated. A tournament was announced and Triple H tried to persuade Reigns to join The Authority by providing him a bye to the final.
Reigns declined the offer and went on to win the tournament to become the WWE World Heavyweight Champion for the first time.
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Triple H appeared to congratulate Reigns following his victory but hit him with a spear instead. Sheamus cashed in his Money in the Bank contract, thus ending Reigns’ reign.
At the TLC: Tables, Ladders, and Chairs, Reigns lost to Sheamus following interference from Alberto del Rio and Rusev. On the next episode of RAW, Mr. McMahon granted Reigns a title rematch against Sheamus which Reigns won to regain his title despite interferences from Mr. McMahon, Del Rio and Rusev.
On the 4th January 2016 episode of Raw, Reigns once again defended his crown against Sheamus. Reigns was then made to defend his title in a Royal Rumble pay-per-view. Triple H won the title after winning the rumble.
At Fastlane, Reigns beat Dean Ambrose and Brock Lesnar in a triple threat match to become the number one contender for the championship at Wrestlemania 32. He went on to win the title at the event. After successful title defenses against AJ Styles at both Payback and Extreme Rules, Reigns lost his title to old foe Seth Rollins at Money in the Bank.
After failing to win the WWE Championship and failed to contend for the WWE Universal Championship, Reigns challenged Rusev for the WWE United States Championship. The duo faced each other at Summerslam which was declared as a no contest. Rusev then cost Reigns’ opportunity to become the number one contender for the WWE Universal Championship. Reigns beat Rusev at Clash of Champions to become the WWE United States Champion.
On the 28th November episode of RAW, Reigns challenged WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens to a non-title match which he won. He thus earned a shot at the title according to the stipulations of the match. The duo met at Roadblock: End of the Line and Reigns lost via disqualification after Chris Jericho attacked Owens to prevent Reigns from winning. On the 9th January 2017 episode of RAW, Reigns lost his United States Championship to Chris Jericho.
Reigns faced Owens in a no disqualification rematch at Royal Rumble with Jericho being suspended in a cage above the ring. Reigns lost the match after Braun Strowman interfered. Later on, Reigns entered the Royal Rumble match at number 30 but was eliminated by Randy Orton.
Reigns faced The Undertaker at Wrestlemania 33 and beat the legendary wrestler. In doing so, he became only the second wrestler to beat him at Wrestlemania.
At Extreme Rules, Reigns was named in the fatal five-way match along with Bray Wyatt, Finn Balor, Samoa Joe, and Seth Rollins which he failed to win. On the 19th June 2017 episode of RAW, Reigns challenged the person who would become the WWE Universal Champion at Summerslam, but Strowman returned on the same night and cost him his opportunity. The duo went on to face each other in an ambulance match at Great Balls of Fire, which Reigns lost.
In October, Reigns rejoined his old pals Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins to recreate The Shield due to issues with The Miz, Bo Dallas, Curtis Axel, Cesaro, and Sheamus. They were slated to participate in TLC: Tables, Ladders, and Chairs together but Reigns could not due to an illness. Reigns later beat The Miz to win the WWE Intercontinental Championship and thus completed the Grand Slam. He was the seventeenth Grand Slam champion. He lost the title to The Miz on the 25th anniversary of RAW episode.
Roman Reigns WWE - Universal Championship
Reigns participated in the Royal Rumble match at the pay-per-view but were eliminated by Shinsuke Nakamura. He failed to regain the Intercontinental title from The Miz and took part in a number one contender match for the Universal Championship at Elimination Chamber. Reigns won the match. He faced the champion, Brock Lesnar, at Wrestlemania 34 but failed to win after suffering six F5s. They played a rematch at the Greatest Royal Rumble in a steel cage match. Reigns speared Lesnar through the cage, thus giving Lesnar the win as he went out of the cage first. After defeating Samoa Joe at Backlash Reigns went on to have a feud with Bobby Lashley where he faced Lashley at the Extreme Rules pay-per-view. In which Lashley emerged victoriously. Later on, the two clashed in a No.1 contender match for Lesnar's Universal title on RAW. Reigns won the match and faced Lesnar at the SummerSlam 2019 pay-per-view. Roman Reigns dethroned Lesnar to become the Universal Champion for the first time in his career.
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Reigns then had a feud with Braun Strowman, Drew McIntyre, and Ziggler. At that time Braun Strowman was the Money in the Bank holder. He faced Braun in a Hell in a Cell match later which was interfered by Brock Lesnar and ended in a no contest. He then was scheduled to face Brock Lesnar and Braun Strowman at the Crown Jewel 2019. However, Reigns relinquished his title and was pulled from the match due to Leukemia returning after 11 years.
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Return of Reigns after Leukemia
In February 2019, Reigns returned to RAW and informed the WWE Universe that he was in remission and there was a huge pop from the crowd welcoming him again to the WWE. Later that night Reigns and Rollins helped Ambrose from an attack from Lashley, Corbin, Drew McIntyre, and Elias. The following week Ambrose helped the other two from an attack. This led to the Shield reuniting that night by showing their signature pose. At Fastlane 2019, The Shield took on the team of Corbin, McIntyre, and Lashley. And the Shield picked up the victory. In 2019, Superstar Shakeup Roman Reigns was drafted to SmackDown and he was confronted by Elias and Vince McMahon. Reigns attacked McMahon that day. He was also challenged by Elias to a match at the Money in the Bank in which Reigns won the match. Later on, the feud between Shane McMahon and Reigns started as Reigns attacked Vince. Keeping this as a storyline the two clashed in a match at the Super ShowDown 2019 but lost the match due to interference from McIntyre. Later Reigns defeated McIntyre at the Stomping Grounds pay-per-view. He was also saved by The Undertaker when Shane and McIntyre intended to attack Reigns. This led to a match at the Extreme Rules on July 14. In which The Undertaker and Roman Reigns teamed up against McIntyre and Shane McMahon in a No Holds Barred match. Roman Reigns and Undertaker won the match. Reigns then had a feud with Eric Rowan who was portrayed as a mystery attacker. Rowan Reigns then had a match with Rowan at Clash of Champions but the returning Luke Harper helped Rowan to pick up the win. After separating from Rowan due to the lies Daniel Bryan teamed up with Reigns to face the team of Rowan and Luke Harper in a Hell in a Cell match. Roman Reigns alongside Bryan won the match. Thus ending the feud.
Reigns then had a feud with Baron Corbin during the Survivor Series build-up. In Survivor Series match the team of Roman Reigns defeated RAW and the NXT team. During this match, Roman speared Corbin off the barricade and was eliminated from the team. This fueled a feud between the two at the TLC pay-per-view. In which Reigns lost the match after interference from Ziggler and The Revival. At the Royal Rumble 2020, both collided in a falls count anywhere match but luckily Roman got help from the Usos to win the match. Also in the traditional Royal Rumble match Reigns was eliminated by Drew McIntyre. At the Super ShowDown pay-per-view, Reigns defeated Corbin in a steel cage match and ended the feud once it for all.
On February 28, 2020, Reigns challenged Goldberg after he defeated the fiend at Super ShowDown. They both were planned to face each other at Wrestlemania 36. And also a lot of expectations aroused for this match. But Unfortunately, Reigns was removed from the match due to the COVID-19 pandemic and him being immunocompromised due to Leukemia. Braun Strowman was replaced as the challenger for the Goldberg's Universal Championship. He went on to have hiatus from the company for months.
Tribal Chief Gimmick
In August 2022, Reigns returned alongside Paul Heyman the new manager of Reigns at Summerslam. Establishing himself as a heel in this process Reigns quickly entered the ring and attacked the new Universal Champion "The Fiend" and Braun Strowman after the match. At Payback 2020, Reigns defeated the Fiend and Braun Strowman to become the Universal Champion for the second time.
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Roman Reigns in his Tribal Chief gimmick
Reigns then began a feud with his bloodline the Usos where Jey Uso was involved in a match. Reigns clashed with Jey Uso in a match at the Clash of Champions and were dominated by Reigns in the match. He was later brutally attacked by Reigns. The clash between the both continued at Hell in a Cell where it was an "I Quit Match" and Roman Reigns won the match. In this match, there was a stipulation if Jey loses he must acknowledge Reigns as the Tribal Chief and this was the initial pitch for the "Tribal Chief" gimmick. On the 20th anniversary of SmackDown, he defended his title against Strowman but won the match via. submission.
At the Survivor Series, Reigns defeated Drew McIntyre in a Champion vs. Champion match. Roman Reigns then entered into a feud with Kevin Owens first the two clashed at the TLC pay-per-view and in which Reigns was victorious. And later on, he had a match with Owens at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view in a vicious last man standing match. He then had two matches against Daniel Bryan at the Elimination Chamber and Fastlane. Reigns won those matches. On April 30, Daniel Bryan faced Roman Reigns in a match where the stipulation was if Daniel Bryan loses he should never be seen in WWE. And Bryan was defeated by Reigns which led to Daniel Bryan being banished from SmackDown.
After his victory against Bryan Cesaro emerged as the next challenger. He challenged Reigns to a match at Wrestlemania Backlash. But Cesaro got defeated at the hand of the Tribal Chief. Reigns also had one face-off against Rey Mysterio in a Hell in a Cell match at SmackDown but Reigns dominated Mysterio in the match. Later that night, a returning edge viciously attacked Reigns and challenged him for the title at Money in the Bank. But unfortunately, Seth Rollins interrupted Reigns match and launched an attack on Edge. Thus making Roman Reigns the winner. After the match Reigns was confronted by a returning Cena. Cena was challenged to a match at SummerSlam but the Tribal Chief denied the challenge. Later a match between the two was set up at the SummerSlam. At SummerSlam 2021, Reigns and Cena had a back and forth match only for the returning Hollywood icon to taste a defeat. Immediately after the match, Brock Lesnar made his shocking return and the two had a face-off with Paul Heyman on the Roman side fans were very much invested in the feud as to whose side would Paul Heyman turn up.
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Roman Reigns with his Bloodline (Jimmy and Jey Uso)
Shortly after this, the reigning champion had a challenge from Finn Balor for the title at Extreme Rules after failed attempts by Finn Balor. He was determined to grasp the title at Extreme Rules. At the Extreme Rules 2021, Reigns and the "Demon Balor" faced off each other, and in this match after a top rope buckle Reigns seized the opportunity and retained his title. On October 21, Reign faced the returning Brock Lesnar at the Crown Jewel pay-per-view but this time he got help from the Usos to retain the title. Making him the second-longest Universal Champion holding the title for more than 438 days. It was announced that on November 21, the reigning WWE Champion Big E will face Roman Reigns at the Survivor Series pay-per-view. At WrestleMania 38, Roman Reigns defeated Brock Lesnar to unify the championships.
Movies and TV Shows
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw
2 August 2019
The Wrong Missy
13 May 2020
Cousins for Life
Fox's New year's Eve with Steve Harvey
Elena of Avalor
Championships and Accomplishments
Florida Championship Wrestling
FCW Florida Tag Team Championship (1 time)
WWE Championship (3 times)
WWE Universal Championship ( 2 times, current)
WWE Intercontinental Championship (1 time)
WWE United States Championship (1 time)
WWE Tag Team Championship (1 time)
Finishing Moves and Signature Moves
Moment of Silence
Multiple corner clothesline
Special Op by Jim Johnston (as part of The Shield)
The Truth Reigns by Jim Johnston
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the real name of Roman Reigns?
His real name is Leati Joseph "Joe" Anoaʻi
What disease did Roman Reigns have?
Roman Reigns had Leukemia.
What is the salary of Roman Reigns?
The mentioned $5 million of Roman Reigns annual income does not come entirely from the WWE.
Did Roman Reigns get married?
Roman Reigns is married to Galina Becker
Who is the daughter of Roman Reigns?
He has a daughter named Joelle Anoa'i.
What are the nicknames of Roman Reigns?
The Big Dog, The Tribal Chief
Is The Rock related to Roman Reigns?
The powerhouse Roman Reigns and The Rock belongs to the same family and they are cousins in relation.