When legendary WWE superstars who were the poster boys for the company decide to step down from their thrones, a new batch of young & aspiring talents step up to the challenge of becoming the face of the world's largest wrestling promotion.
Only a few superstars have achieved that feat, and one among them is the WWE's "Big Dog" Roman Reigns. But even Reigns had a tough time before making it big in the WWE.
Roman Reigns whose real name is Leati Joseph Anoaʻi even though coming from an established wrestling family decided to pursue pro football. But it didn’t go as he expected as he was diagnosed with Leukemia.
But a smooth sea never made a skilled sailor, and Roman Reigns broke out into the world of professional wrestling following the footsteps of his family. But his journey to becoming the "Big Dog" was not without its share of troubles.
Reigns, while speaking to CBS Sports recalled the time when his cousin Jey Uso made him cry.
The Big Dog was working WWE's then-developmental territory FCW as Leakee. One day while being treated to a late-night dinner by his cousin Jey Uso who was already an established WWE Superstar, Jey had asked Roman on how he is planning to work himself up to the FCW Heavyweight Championship.
He asserted "I just wasn't on that level with him, and it kind of broke me down because I felt like I wasn't going to learn fast enough and become what I should be and what my family needed me to be," Reigns said. "I think the pressure and just the emotion of that made me crack that night.
Its clear Reigns was in a rough patch both financially and mentally, and Jey's question had made him break down later that night.
But Reigns proved he had the heart and determination to make a name for himself in the WWE when he made his triumphant debut as a part of the Shield in 2012, and the rest is history.
Though he found it difficult to answer his cousin that night, he showed him what he's capable of by main eventing WrestleMania 31 within three years since making his WWE debut.
He showed his cousins and the world he is indeed the future of the WWE and we can be sure Jey Uso got his answer looking at the picture below.
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