Roman Reigns, whose real name is Leati Joseph Anoa’i, was born in Pensacola, Florida, on May 25, 1985. He is one of the most prominent figures to emerge from WWE in recent years.
Leati Joseph Anoai was born in Pensacola, Florida on May 25, 1985. Reigns were raised in a family with Italian and Samoan ancestry, and both his father and brother were professional wrestlers. Additionally, he is related to several other professional wrestlers.
He attended the Georgia Institute of Technology after graduating from high school and majored in management. During his three years of college, he played football and was eventually named the Defensive Player of the Year.
2007 saw Roman drafted by the Minnesota Vikings of the NFL following his success as a college football player. Unfortunately, his leukaemia diagnosis cut short his career, and the Vikings quickly released him.
Despite signing with the Jacksonville Jaguars, he was released prior to the 2007 season. In spite of this, he played for the Edmonton Eskimos for one season, participating in five games. The Eskimos then waived him, and he retired from football in 2008.
Roman Reigns’ Wealth
American professional wrestler Roman Reigns has a net worth of $12 million as of 2022. Although Roman Reigns played professional football for a time, he is probably better known for his professional wrestling career.
Under the ring name Roman Reigns, he is affiliated with WWE’s SmackDown brand. Roman attended Georgia Tech after graduating from high school and had a brief NFL career with the Minnesota Vikings and Jacksonville Jaguars. After one season with the Edmonton Eskimos in the CFL, he retired from football.
In 2010, Roman joined the WWE and began his career in their developmental zone, Florida Championship Wrestling. He made his debut in 2010 and gradually evolved into a villain, adopting the name Roman Reigns. Roman debuted on the main roster of WWE in 2012 as a member of The Shield.
Until this time, he had been labelled as a hero who fought against injustice. Reigns have been a divisive WWE figure for a variety of reasons. When he debuted in 2012, he was labelled as “one of the most precious commodities in WWE,” but not all fans agreed.
In 2014, the WWE was suspected of rigging ballots in favour of Reigns, and his limited moveset was highly criticised. Fans thought that the WWE was pushing him too hard to become the face of their brand, regardless of how their audience felt about him, during the entirety of 2015.
In 2016, WWE broadcasted phoney cheering sounds as Roman entered the ring in order to conceal the jeers. Several former wrestlers strongly urged the WWE at this moment to convert Reigns into a villainous persona.
Towards the end of 2016, Reigns reportedly yelled aggressively at the fans after the programme had ended. The situation worsened when Roman Reigns was suspended for a month by WWE for breaking their wellness policy.
Roman’s actual reason for suspension has never been disclosed, however, the widespread belief is that it was due to a drug infraction (either marijuana, Adderal, or steroids, depending on who you ask).
As the years progressed, Roman’s followers remained remarkably indifferent. Reigns were jeered mercilessly before, during, and after the main match at WrestleMania 33. People yelled expletives and insults including “you stink” and “go.”
These statements were audible despite WWE’s strenuous attempts to direct microphones at the live audience. WWE stated that these individuals were booing because they were fans of Roman Reigns, which was a stupid attempt to change the narrative.
After Reigns was diagnosed with Leukemia for the second time following an 11-year era of good health, the fans grew more empathetic towards him. However, cheers remained quite uncommon. Then, he stated that his leukaemia had entered remission, to which the crowd responded favourably.
In 2020, the WWE conceded and repackaged Reigns as “The Tribal Chief,” a more sinister figure. This character has received far more favourable feedback from fans. However, the crowd continued to jeer him.
Roman Reigns married Galina Joelle Becker in 2014, after having met her during their time as Georgia Institute of Technology students. They went on to have five children together, including four sets of twins.
What are the Medical Issues?
Roman Reigns has twice been diagnosed with leukaemia during the course of his life. In addition, during a match against Sheamus, he fractured his nose and required reconstructive surgery.