Leati Joseph “Joe” Anoaʻi is an American professional wrestler, former professional Canadian football player, and a member of the Anoaʻi family. He is signed to WWE and performs under the ring name Roman Reigns on the Raw brand. Anoa’i is the current United States Champion.
After playing collegiate football for Georgia Tech in 2007, Anoaʻi started his professional football career with brief off-season stints with the Minnesota Vikings and Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League (NFL). He then played a full season for the Canadian Football League’s (CFL) Edmonton Eskimos in 2008 before his release and retirement from football.
Anoaʻi then pursued a career in professional wrestling and was signed by WWE in 2010, reporting to their developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW). As Roman Reigns, he made his main roster debut in November 2012 alongside Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose as The Shield. The trio teamed together until June 2014, after which Reigns entered singles competition. Reigns is a three-time WWE World Heavyweight Champion, a one-time WWE Tag Team Champion (with Rollins), the 2015 Royal Rumble winner and the 2014 Superstar of the Year. He also tied the WWE record for most eliminations in a Survivor Series elimination match with four in the 2013 event and set the record for most eliminations in a Royal Rumble match with 12 in the 2014 event.
Reigns has headlined multiple WWE pay-per-views including WrestleMania 31 and 32, with WWE intending him to be their next “face of the company” at one point. However, Reigns’ ascendancy as a world title-chasing heroic underdog has been marked by critics’ disapproval and overwhelmingly negative crowd reactions.
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