Leati Joseph “Joe” Anoaʻi (born May 25, 1985) is an American professional wrestler and a previous professional gridiron football player. He is a piece of the Anoaʻi family and is as of now marked to WWE, where he performs on the Raw brand under the ring name Roman Reigns. He is presently on break because of a continuous fight with leukemia.
After playing collegiate football for Georgia Tech
After playing collegiate football for Georgia Tech, Anoaʻi began his expert football vocation with brief off-season spells with the Minnesota Vikings and Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League (NFL) in 2007. He at that point played a full season for the Canadian Football League’s (CFL) Edmonton Eskimos in 2008 preceding his discharge and retirement from football.
He then sought after a vocation in expert wrestling and was marked by WWE in 2010, answering to their developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW). As Roman Reigns, he made his principle list make a big appearance in November 2012 alongside Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins as The Shield. The trio joined together until June 2014, after which Reigns entered singles rivalry.
Reigns is a four-time best on the planet in WWE
Reigns is a four-time best on the planet in WWE, having held the WWE World Heavyweight Championship three times and the Universal Championship once. He is likewise a one-time United States Champion, a one-timeIntercontinental Champion, a one-time WWE Tag Team Champion (with Rollins), the 2015 Royal Rumble winner, and the 2014 Superstar of the Year. He tied the WWE record for most ends in a Survivor Series elimination coordinate with four in the 2013 event and set the then-record for most ends in a Royal Rumble coordinate with 12 in the 2014 occasion. After winning the Intercontinental Championship, he progressed toward becoming the twenty-eighth Triple Crown Champion and the seventeenth Grand Slam Champion.
Since 2014, WWE has endeavored to set up Reigns as their next “face of the organization”, which has been met with gathering of people disapproval. Reigns has headlined numerous WWE pay-per-see occasions, including the last four WrestleManias (31, 32, 33 and 34).
Anoaʻi played football for a long time at Pensacola Catholic High School and one year at Escambia High School. In his senior year, he was named Defensive Player of the Year by the Pensacola News Journal. He then attended Georgia Institute of Technology, where he was an individual from the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets footballteam along with Calvin Johnson, who later progressed toward becoming a wide receiver in the National Football League (NFL).Anoaʻi was a three-year starter starting in his sophomore year and was additionally one of the group chiefs as a senior. Anoaʻi was named to the main group All-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) in the wake of account nine handles for misfortune and 4.5 sacks in 2006. For his profession, Anoaʻi had 29 handles for misfortune and 12 sacks.
In the wake of going undrafted in the 2007 NFL draft
In the wake of going undrafted in the 2007 NFL draft, Anoaʻi was marked by the Minnesota Vikings in May 2007, yet was discharged later that month.The Jacksonville Jaguars signed him in August 2007, just to discharge Anoaʻi not exactly seven days after the fact before the beginning of the 2007 NFL season.
In 2008, Anoaʻi was marked by the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League (CFL).Wearing the number 99, Anoaʻi played for one season with the Eskimos, highlighting in five diversions, of which he began three.Anoaʻi’s most prominent amusement came against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in September, where he tied for the group captain with five handles and had a constrained fumble. Anoaʻi was discharged by the Eskimos on November 10, and continued to resign from expert football.
Proficient wrestling vocation
World Wrestling Entertainment/WWE
Formative domains (2010– 2012)
Anoaʻi made his first endeavor into wrestling in July 2010, when he marked a formative contract with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and was later alloted to their developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW). He appeared on September 9, 2010, utilizing the ring name Roman Leakee (frequently abbreviated to Leakee), in a misfortune to Richie Steamboat in a singles match.Further misfortunes to Idol Stevens and Wes Brisco ensued, before he picked up his first win on September 21 over Fahd Rakman.
He kept contending in FCW all through the rest of the year, wrestling principally in tag group matches.On the January 16, 2011 scene of FCW television, Leakee was a rival in a 30-man Grand Royal, however was eliminated. Later in 2011, Leakee shaped a tag team with Donny Marlow and the combine unsuccessfully tested Calvin Raines and Big E Langston for the FCW Florida Tag Team Championship on July 8.
In 2012, Leakee pinned FCW Florida Heavyweight Champion Leo Kruger during a label group coordinate on the January 8 scene of FCW television. On the February 5 scene of FCW television, he defeated Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins in a triple danger match to turn into the main contender to the FCW Florida Heavyweight Championship He neglected to win the championship when he lost to then hero Kruger the accompanying week. Leakee later won the FCW Florida Tag Team Championship with Mike Daltonand would drop the titles to CJ Parker and Jason Jordan shortly after.
After WWE rebranded FCW to NXT in August 2012
After WWE rebranded FCW to NXT in August 2012,Anoaʻi, with the new ring name of Roman Reigns and a villain character, made his presentation on the October 31 scene of NXT by vanquishing CJ Parker. After crushing Chase Donovan two weeks later,Reigns wrestled his keep going match on the December 5 scene of NXT by overcoming Gavin Reids.