Roman Reigns

Roman Reigns

Full NameLeati Joseph "Joe" Anoaʻi

Nick NameThe Tribal Chief

BornMay 25, 1985

Height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)



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.

Personal Life

Roman Reigns and his wife Galina Becker

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

Roman Reigns made his debut in the main roster in 2012

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.

WWE Debut

Roman Reigns made his NXT debut in 2010

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.

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Roman Reigns Heel

The Shield attacked Ryback and established themselves as a heel faction

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

Roman Reigns (left), Dean Ambrose (middle) and Seth Rollins (right)

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

Roman Reigns during his Big Dog gimmick

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

Roman Reigns was injured in 2015

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.

Roman Reigns won the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at the 2015 Survivor Series

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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.

Grand Slam

Roman Reigns became a Grand Slam Champion after winning the Intercontinental Championship in 2017

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.

Roman Reigns defeated Brock Lesnar at the 2018 SummerSlam event

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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.

Roman Reigns relinquished the Universal Championship due to Leukemia

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Return of Reigns after Leukemia

Roman Reigns made his return to comapny in February 2019

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.

Roman 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

Roman Reigns defeated The Fiend and Braun Strowman at the 2020 Payback

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.

Roman Reigns has been the Universal Champion for more than two years

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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.

Roman Reigns with the Usos

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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. Reigns defeated Big E in the said contest.

He was scheduled to defend his title against Brock Lesnar at WWE Day 1 but was pulled out of the card due to COVID-19. Reigns retained his title against Seth Rollins at Royal Rumble, and against Goldberg at Elimination Chamber 2022. In the meanwhile, his feud against WWE Champion Brock Lesnar heated up leading to a title unification match at WrestleMania 38 Sunday in the main event.

Undisputed WWE Universal Champion (2022-Present)

Roman Reigns as Undisputed WWE Universal Champion.

Roman Reigns defeated Brock Lesnar to become the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion. He then adopted a lighter schedule and make fewer appearances than usual. Reigns teamed up with The Usos at WrestleMania Backlash and defeated Drew McIntyre and RK-Bro. He also defeated Riddle on an episode of SmackDown, which marks his first title defense as the Undisputed Champion.

He was soon challenged by a returning Brock Lesnar setting up a title match at SummerSlam 2022. The match was stipulated 'Last Man Standing' and was also announced to be the last time ever. Reigns won at the event in a hard-hitting contest.

He was then challenged by Drew McIntyre for the title at Clash at the Castle. The two superstars had brawls quite a few times before their eventual match in The United Kingdom. McIntyre was about to win the match before The Usos' younger brother Solo Sikoa made his main roster debut and attacked the referee, officially joining The Bloodline.

Roman Reigns will next defend his title against Logan Paul at WWE Crown Jewel after the latter challenged him at SmackDown and a press conference between the two stars.

On 29th October edition of SmackDown, Reigns made his way to the ring after the match of The Brawling Brutes vs. Sami Zayn and Solo Sikoa. He warned Jey Uso to get things straight with Sami Zayn.

WWE CROWN JEWEL: Roman Reigns Defeats Logan Paul In Epic Main Event; Paul  Reveals Torn MCL and ACL Following Match – Michael Fairman TV
Roman Reigns defeated Logan Paul in a great match

Roman Reigns defeated Logan Paul in a violent match. In the match Jake Paul, Logan Paul's brother, also helped him to even the odds against The Usos. Despite Logan's exceptional efforts, Reigns retained his title.

On the 12th November edition of SmackDown, when Reigns was celebrating the victory of The Usos, Brawling Brutes and Drew McIntyre attacked the Bloodline in the ring. Later, it was announced that the Bloodline and Brawling Brutes will face in WarGames Match at Survivor Series.

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The Bloodline defeated the Brawling Brutes

At the Survivor Series WarGames, The Bloodline defeated the Brawling Brutes after Jey Uso pinned Kevin Owens.

On the December 30th episode of SmackDown, Reigns faced a returning John Cena and Kevin Owens with Sami Zayn. Cena and Owens defeated the duo when they hit a double 5-knuckle shuffle to Reigns and Zayn and then Owens hit Sami with a stunner for the 3-count.

Even though Reigns wasn't pinned, this was the 2nd match he lost after becoming the Unified WWE World Champion.

Roman Reigns' Movies and TV Shows


MoviesReleased DateRole
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw2 August 2019Mateo
The Wrong Missy13 May 2020Tatted Meathead

TV Shows

TV ShowsReleased Date
Cousins for Life2019
Fox's New year's Eve with Steve Harvey2020
Elena of Avalor2020

Roman Reigns' Championships and Accomplishments

Championships and Accomplishments
FCW Florida Tag Team Championship (1 time)
WWE Championship (4 times, current)
WWE Universal Championship (2 times, current)
WWE Intercontinental Championship (1 time)
WWE United States Championship (1 time)
WWE Tag Team Championship (1 time)

FAQs on Roman Reigns

Q1. What is the real name of Roman Reigns?

His real name is Leati Joseph "Joe" Anoaʻi

Q2. How much does Roman Reigns earn in WWE?

Roman Reigns earns $3 Million in WWE.

Q3. Who has created Roman Reigns' theme song?

Roman Reigns' theme song Head of the Table is created by CFO$.

Q4. What disease did Roman Reigns have?

Roman Reigns had Leukemia.

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