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Date of Birth: May 25, 1985
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Pro Wrestling Debut: 2010
Leati “Joseph” Anoa’i is a former American professional football player turned WWE Superstar. He signed with the WWE in 2010, where he worked in the developmental sector FCW under different variations of his name until settling on Roman Reigns. He made his main roster debut in November 2012 alongside Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose as the Shield. Reigns is a 3-time WWE World Heavyweight Champion, a one-time WWE Tag Team Champion (with Rollins), and was the 2015 Royal Rumble winner. He has many achievements including Superstar of the Year, and setting records at both Survivor Series and Royal Rumble. He has main evented Wrestlemania 3x including Wrestlemania 32 where he became 3-time World Heavyweight Champion. Roman Reigns has proven that this is his yard and we can’t wait to see what he does next.

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Category: Articles
Published By: Kat
Date: June 24th
Filed in Articles, WWE.Com

The latest chapter in the extremely volatile rivalry between Reigns and Strowman carries enormous implications for The Big Dog. Reigns has officially staked his claim that Raw is his yard, a notion that could have a tremendous long-term impact on WWE.

Reigns has backed up his talk with a tremendous history of taking on anyone put in front of him while constantly refusing to hide behind the likes of The Authority or any other force that could provide him an easier rise to the top. In April, he earned the rare distinction of overcoming The Undertaker at WrestleMania, which propelled his career to even greater heights. Reigns has clearly proven himself a force to be reckoned with, capable of carrying WWE on his back week-in and week-out. Looking to continue his meteoric rise to the top of the red brand, the three-time WWE Champion has already challenged the winner of the Universal Championship Match between Brock Lesnar and Samoa Joe to a title bout at SummerSlam.

However, despite heroic strides, Reigns is likely well-aware that a second pay-per-view loss to a dangerous competitor like Strowman could seriously threaten his championship aspirations, making it a safe bet that The Guy will pull out all the stops to keep that from happening. But will it be enough?

The match also carries significant ramifications for Strowman, the personification of destruction. Prior to crossing paths with Reigns, Strowman was already running wild and attacking Superstars if he didn’t get his way.

His brutal attack on The Big Dog in April — in which he turned over an ambulance with the three-time WWE Champion inside – showed just how far he was willing to go to eliminate the competition. And his victory over Reigns at WWE Payback was punctuated by The Monster Among Men ruthlessly driving the steel steps into his rival’s midsection in an unforgettable and horrifying moment. Now the ferocious Superstar will be out to take full advantage of the chaotic environment of an Ambulance Match, likely with the intent of making Reigns suffer so bad that he won’t be able to compete for the Universal Title.

A loss by Reigns could change everything. If Strowman produces another dominant showing, it’s possible that he could leapfrog his adversary in the Universal Title picture. If the massive competitor once again defeats The Big Dog, he could approach Raw General Manager Kurt Angle the following night on Raw with a legitimate claim to challenge whoever the titleholder is at SummerSlam. And if he were to be granted that right amd went on to capture the championship, Strowman’s reign of uncontrollable mayhem could reach even scarier heights. The level of brutality that would follow with Strowman on the top of the mountain could threaten the very order of Monday Night Raw and all of WWE.

The importance of this match at the first-ever WWE Great Balls of Fire pay-per-view is heightened given that it is a highly-personal showdown, containing a stipulation that completely throws the rulebook out the window. With all eyes on this inaugural event and the gloves off, it’s safe to say that both Superstars will be at their most vicious, and their combined intensity may result in lasting harm to one another and anyone else who gets in their way.

Don’t miss what promises to be a chaotic brawl at WWE Great Balls of Fire on Sunday, July 9 at 8 ET/5 PT, streaming live on WWE Network.

Published By: Lisa
Date: October 3rd
Filed in Articles

Kevin Owens is WWE Raw’s Universal Champion while Roman Reigns is its United States Champion, and just by hearing the names of those titles, you’d think that Owens is the show’s most important titleholder.

But you’d be wrong.

Although, just a handful of weeks ago, WWE appeared to get it right when Triple H helped Owens win the Universal title and established Owens as Raw’s No. 1 titleholder, that’s all changed. Reigns defeated Rusev at Clash of Champions to win the US title last Sunday, then successfully defended his belt against Rusev on this week’s episode of Monday Night Raw.

No big deal, right? Well, maybe not, at least until you compare just how WWE has positioned Reigns and Owens in recent weeks.

Reigns vs. Rusev kicked off this week’s Raw, a booking decision that was obviously meant to combat the ratings monster that is Monday Night Football as well as the Presidental debate. The first hour of Raw almost always generates the show’s highest viewership, which should really tell you something about why Reigns appeared at the start of the first hour while Owens was stuck in the supposed “main event” segement, one which likely had several hundred thousand fewer viewers.

If perception is indeed reality, then the reality is this: Reigns, not Owens, is now Raw’s top champion even if, historically speaking, the US title has never really been positioned as the title in WWE.

In fact, perhaps we should have seen this coming after Reigns defeated Owens in a steel cage match on last week’s episode of Raw. Although Reigns’ victory came after he was the first one to escape the cage (rather than by pinfall), this was still a pretty good indicator of how WWE will continue to protect Reigns and struggle to book Owens in a dominant way.

Almost by default, Owens is positioned as the red brand’s No. 1 heel, and he also happens to be holding what should be considered the show’s top title. But we saw last year how much of a priority the US title became when it was held by John Cena, and it appears as if WWE is going that route again with Reigns.

Credit: Forbes.com 

Published By: Lisa
Date: October 3rd
Filed in Articles

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During the WWE Manila tour, Inquirer Sports sat down with Roman to ask him a few question. Check out the interview below:

He’s not a bad guy. He’s not a good guy. He just thinks he’s the guy.

Roman Reigns said that his iconic promo the night after WrestleMania is a reflection of what he’s been feeling throughout his career.

“For me, I don’t try to think I’m a good guy, I don’t try to think I’m a bad guy. I’m just thinking I’m me,” Reigns told INQUIRER in an exclusive interview before WWE Live Manila last September 9. “When I walk into a building and in that ring, I know I’m the guy. I know I’m going there and do my thing and nobody could deny that.”

Though presented as a babyface (good guy), the crowd has been vocal in their displeasure of Reigns, even booing him in the greatest moment of his young career when he won the WWE World Heavyweight Championship from Triple H at WrestleMania 32 last April.

But the Samoan powerhouse doesn’t mind all the negative reaction, saying, “For me, it’s just been a crazy rollercoaster.”

“It can appear to be however it appears to be, but the only thing I remember after beating Triple H at WrestleMania is that everybody is standing up. I have great pictures of such a huge moment, the biggest WrestleMania of all time,” he said. “Some people get too caught up with my reactions. It’s a mixed reaction, but everybody has some sort of feelings towards me. For whatever reason, I rub people a certain way, there’s a reaction, some form of expression I’m pulling from these people.”

With him enjoying contrasting fan reactions, some people can’t help but compare Reigns to John Cena, one of the WWE’s most polarizing superstars. But for the third-generation superstar, he’d rather not make the comparison and trek a journey of his own.

“I think John Cena is John Cena. He’s had such a great career and such a long career. That longevity and consistency, that’s what makes superstars a superstar,” he said. “I’d like to think I’m a little bit different. I don’t know if it’s because the fans have been prepared because they’ve had John for so long and they knew that another guy, another alpha male who is going to compete is going to fill that spot. I think our fans are smart to the process on how we do this year-in and year-out. I’d like to think it’s a great situation, you have two guys who are going out there to compete and give you the best show possible with John Cena and Roman Reigns.”

And it’s the biggest thing that matters for Reigns, to have the health to continue wrestling all year round.

“For me, as long as I’m healthy and I get to do what I love, that’s going to make my day. It’s all about keeping my head down and sticking to this grind and sticking to this same drill I do everyday, and that’s what’s going to make me better than anybody: that consistency to be able to go out there every single night and do it night after night, 52 weeks a year. If I could just continue to do that, it feels like I’m hammering it down. If I can stay healthy and stay in that ring, good things are going to happen,” he said.

Coming from a decorated wrestling family, Reigns sees it as a responsibility for him to represent his
heritage whenever he steps inside the squared circle.

“I like to look at it more as a responsibility,” he said. “Everything I do, especially when I step in the ring, I represent my family. For me to represent my bloodline, my heritage, and continue to push the legacy that my family has, it’s an honor. That’s the main thing when you have such a competitive family and a family that has done so much in this business. The only thing I want to do is to push that standard. I want to take that bar and continue to lift it. The pressure is more of a responsibility and I love it.”

He also didn’t discount the possibility of fighting The Rock at WrestleMania, but said that it could only happen if the two of them would be fighting for the company’s biggest prize.

“I’m out here representing my family, and I don’t think a better way to represent our family than us going at it in the grandest stage of them all which, if that would be the case and I have to wrestle The Rock, I would have think the WWE Universal Championship or the WWE Championship would be on the line,” he said. “If there is one thing that get some family members going at it, it would be that, but also, it’s just paying great homage to our family and what we’ve done.”

Reigns, though, said that if he has a choice on who he will face in a dream match at WrestleMania, The Undertaker will always be on top.

“Most people would say The Undertaker and I have to go that way,” he said.

Reigns is hopeful to get a crack at the Deadman before he calls it a career, as he seeks to deal another loss in The Undertaker’s famed 23-1 record at the grandest stage of them all.

“I’ve been in the ring with him for a couple of times and everybody has heard the legend, not only of his character but also behind the scenes, just being the locker room leader he used to be, and he still is to this day. I think it will be incredible to share the ring with him,” he said.

Already a three-time WWE World Champion and a Royal Rumble winner, Reigns can say that he has already accomplished a lot in his career. But the biggest accolade he thinks he could get isn’t any hardware or trophy, but rather, the respect of his peers.

“I’m fortunate enough to do a lot of cool things. I enjoyed many great achievements, but for me, I still take it pretty personal, the art that I go out there and I paint,” he said. “For me, at the end of the day, I just want to know that I had the best career that I could possibly could have had. I did everything to stay healthy and continue to stay in the ring, and when it’s all said and done, there’s a lot of appreciation for the things I did in the ring, and that’s all I could ask for.”

Published By: Brittany
Date: June 28th
Filed in Articles, WWE.Com
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Two years removed from the unforgettable rupture of The Shield, newly crowned WWE World Heavyweight Champion Dean Ambrose faces his fellow former Hounds of Justice Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns in a Triple Threat Match at WWE Battleground.

A three-way showdown among Ambrose, Rollins and Reigns seemed inevitable from the moment Rollins stabbed his brothers in the back, dissolving the once-dominant faction. Less expected was that it would be The Lunatic Fringe sitting in the catbird position as defending champion. Yet, Ambrose earned that accolade at WWE Money in the Bank, winning the event’s namesake match and cashing in his guaranteed championship match contract that same night against Rollins, who himself had just pinned Reigns to regain the title.

The cyclonic turn of events turned WWE on its head and underscored what everyone already knew: Competition among the former Shield allies runs deep and is full of parity.

So evenly matched are the Superstars that a single No. 1 contender could not be named the following night on Raw, when The Big Dog and The Architect jockeyed for the right to challenge Ambrose. As the thrilling match reached its crescendo, Reigns Speared Rollins onto the Spanish announce table and neither Superstar could beat the referee’s 10-count.

Even though no decisive winner was declared, Ambrose proved himself to be a fighting champion right away, volunteering to take on both Reigns and Rollins on Sunday, July 24.

With that, the table is now set for one of the most anticipated WWE World Heavyweight Championship Triple Threat Matches of all time. Which ex-Hound of Justice will prove his supremacy at WWE Battleground? Will it be the rebuilt and redesigned Architect, eager to win back the title he trained so hard to reclaim, only to lose it moments later? Will The Big Dog use his punishing strength to dismantle both friend (Ambrose) and foe (Rollins)? Or might the match’s Lunatic Fringe remind those who know him best just how dangerous he can be?

Watch the Shield showdown that has been years in the making when WWE Battleground airs live on the award-winning WWE Network Sunday, July 24, at 8 ET/5 PT.

Published By: Brittany
Date: May 4th
Filed in Articles, WWE.Com
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Roman Reigns – The Bounty Hunter

He’s not a good bounty hunter, he’s not a bad bounty hunter. He’s the bounty hunter. This mercenary doesn’t need a rocket-firing jetpack or a high-tech suit of armor to capture the galaxy’s most elusive prey. With hound-like senses and a formidable fighting style, there’s a reason this for-hire hunter is known as The Big Dog.

Credit: WWE.com

Published By: Brittany
Date: May 2nd
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No more count-outs. No more disqualifications. No more restarting the match to prevent a technicality from deciding the result. Just Roman Reigns, AJ Styles, the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and whatever is at their disposal in an Extreme Rules Match at WWE Extreme Rules to decide it all.

That’s a big jump for Reigns and Styles to make considering their first title match at WWE Payback was predicated on Styles having “the match of his life” in order to unseat Reigns’ self-proclaimed status as “the guy” around these parts. But with the introduction of Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson as potential accomplices to an unwitting Styles, it quickly became clear that Reigns’ first title defense of the New Era wasn’t exactly going to be first fall to a finish.

Even so, nobody expected quite how out of hand it was going to get. Things got so messy at WWE Payback that it took several restarts of the match by both Shane and Stephanie McMahon to eventually get to a fall at all, and only when the match had mutated into a No Count-out, No Disqualification contest was Reigns able to seize his win. That’s hardly a decisive victory, though, and it was almost immediately decided among the McMahons that drastic measures would be taken to protect the return bout, so here we are with an Extreme Rules Match to show for it.

Credit: WWE.com

Published By: Brittany
Date: April 1st

At WrestleMania 32 on Sunday, Roman Reigns will challenge Triple H for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, but there has been speculation about his potential heel turn in the main event.

One way to turn Reigns heel would be for him to attack The Rock following a victory over The Game. During a promotional tour for WWE’s partnership with Snickers, Ring Rust Radio asked Reigns if The Rock would come out during his championship celebration if he were to win.

Reigns answered candidly, teasing a possible attack and heel turn if The Rock were to show up:

“We haven’t spoken too much about wrestling each other,” said Reigns. “We speak, and I do see him quite a bit. We usually exchange different ideas, share different tips and advice.

“If I do win on Sunday, there are only a couple of people I want to see, and that would be my wife, daughter, mom and dad. It would be my immediate family. If he comes out there, I might be on high alert, and he might get it, too.”

Over the last several months, a vocal portion of the WWE Universe has rejected Reigns as the top face in the company. To combat the negative reactions, WWE officials should embrace the hate and turn Reigns heel after he wins the world title.

With The Rock being one of the most popular wrestlers in the history of the industry and a mainstream superstar who has transcended the sport, Reigns attacking him from behind because he thinks The Rock is stealing the spotlight would be the perfect catalyst for The Big Dog’s character change.
A portion of fans support Reigns, but the reactions from crowds in top wrestling markets indicate that there are still many who don’t want him as the face of the brand moving forward.

Instead of trying to use The Rock to get Reigns over with the WrestleMania 32 crowd in Arlington, Texas, having Reigns turn his back on his family and align with Vince McMahon or The Authority would be the ideal way to embrace the negative reactions.
There is still a chance that McMahon and the WWE officials believe in Reigns as the top face moving forward and won’t deviate from their plans. With that said, Reigns’ comments about attacking The Rock and the recent booking of the No. 1 contender suggest a change in character may be coming.

If Reigns turns heel in the main event of WrestleMania 32, even the biggest haters will have to give WWE credit for making the right move for the future. When the fans are eventually ready to cheer for Reigns down the road, the company can turn him face organically.

Published By: Brittany
Date: April 1st
Filed in Articles

WWE Hall of Famer Rikishi recently spoke with Chris Featherstone for FOX Sports, talking about Roman Reigns and the rest of the build to Wrestlemania 32.

Rikishi talks about the simple fix that could save Roman Reigns, his heel turn and feud with The Rock, the six-way Hell In A Cell match and his infamous bump, Undertaker versus Shane McMahon and more.

Rikishi says turning Roman Reigns heel would help him longterm: 

“All due respect to the fans. Without the fans, there is no Roman Reigns. Without the fans, there is no Samoan Dynasty, there is no Triple H, there is none of us. So the fans are entitled to their opinion. Again, let’s keep in mind, this wave that’s going through Roman Reigns at the time, he’s not the first, nor will he be the last. He is who he is. As far as the rumors about him not being able to wrestle, well I beg to differ, because I know that he comes from a bloodline that’s called Samoan Dynasty, Anoa’i strong. We all know how they wrestle and I think and know that we do it very well.

I feel that, in due time, you’re gonna see Roman Reigns become Roman Empire. Let’s take it back to John Cena and Rock back in the day, when people felt like they was just shoved down their throats. Eventually, they earned the people’s respect, and the next thing you know, they were just loved by the whole world. To me, you don’t want to go against the WWE Universe. You never want to do that. To me, what works is to go with the flow. If you hate me so much like that, had it been me, I’d tell Vince, switch me heel right now. Let’s give it to these people. I’d be the baddest frickin’ heel that they’d ever see. And in due time, you would hate me so much, when I do turn babyface, guess what, [you’d love me]. It’s a very simple fix.”

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Published By: CiCi
Date: March 29th

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Count Roman Reigns among the people who is excited that WrestleMania is coming back to Orlando in 2017. The WWE superstar grew up in Pensacola and currently resides in nearby Tampa with his wife and 8-year-old daughter.

But Reigns has this year’s WrestleMania event on his mind right now as he faces Triple H for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in Dallas on April 3.

Question: You’re a Florida guy, you grew up in the state and still live here. What’s it like for you to have WrestleMania come to Orlando next year?

Answer: “I’m so pumped. Every WrestleMania is cool no matter where you’re at. For me, I live in Tampa and to be home, to be in Florida, and I’ve always been a Florida boy. I’ve always felt the responsibility to represent your hometown and where you come from. I’m a proud Floridian. I’m a proud Pensacolean. We represent the 850 and it’s phenomenal that I can do it with the WWE family now.”

Q: The last time WrestleMania was in Orlando was eight years ago. What were you doing eight years ago?

A: “Eight years ago … I was still playing football, I believe. That was 2008? I was possibly in Canada playing football at the time. (He played one season with the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League.) I was in the last bit of my career in football.”

Q: Does it feel like it’s been that long since the transition from football to the WWE?

A: “No, not at all. Sometimes I don’t even think about up to eight years. Sometimes I limit myself to five years back because that’s around when I broke into the business, almost six years ago. That’s what’s crazy — time is flying. Sometimes I feel like it’s just me because we’re on the road and we’re bouncing from town to town, different time zones all over the world. But it’s not, because you have everything at home, and it’s flying by there too. It’s madness. My little girl is 8, so life feels like it’s passing me by.”

Q: Did you ever think at this point of your career you would be getting ready to main event your second WrestleMania?

A: “When I first started wrestling, I was just focused on not getting wedgies from the trunks. (laughs) There were many moments where thinking about main eventing WrestleMania wasn’t even in the mind frame at that point. There’s so many things to adjust to in this life, inside the ring, outside the ring. Once you think you’ve figured it all out, then something pops up on you. For me, the main goal was always to work for that top spot, to be in a place that you can make a difference not only for yourself but for everybody else. In the position I’m at, that’s where you can make things happen. That’s where you can build that future for your family and create a lot of good times for everybody if things are done properly.”

Q: Last year, you were in the main event against Brock Lesnar. This you’re getting ready for the championship match against Triple H. Does it feel any different going into WrestleMania this year compared to last year?

A: “Yeah, I was talking to my cousins (WWE tag team The Usos) about that the other day. It’s kind of crazy because I’m not nervous by any means, but it’s a cool calm because I feel like my experience level has risen. Everything that I did last year, I absorbed it like a sponge and took note of everything and how I felt. Now I’m going into this with the opportunity, and know what I’ve done before and know what I need to do. Now it doesn’t feel as bad. I guarantee — just like any other performance — as soon as it’s getting close, as soon as those boots go on and I start throwing that vest on, the nerves are going to come. Hopefully, they don’t hit too heavy because [if there’s] a day where they can come in on a different rate, it’s a day like WrestleMania.”

Q: Last year’s WrestleMania against Brock Lesnar was so physical. How long did it take you to recover from it? You guys were really throwing some haymakers at one another.

A: “Yeah, and that was the thing for me — the physicality part, I’ve always done well with that. Fighting a guy like Brock, it’s like being out there with a big bear. It can be rough from time to time. I signed up for the physicality. I’ve been running into people my whole life, playing football and every sport under the sun. For me, that’s what made it a little easier. It wasn’t that you had this tricky, complicated, in-and-out story. It was more of what you see is what you get. I told myself, ‘Just go out and dance with that bear for a little bit and you’ll be fine.'”

Q: What has this last year been like for you? There were a lot of people that thought you were going to win the championship last year at WrestleMania and you didn’t. [Seth Rollins won the title in a surprise finish.] Since then, you’ve won the championship twice and you’re going for it again. The reaction from the audience is still mixed depending on what shows you go to.

A: “That’s what’s cool for me — the old football persona hadn’t really left me and sometimes it feels like home games, sometimes it feels like away games. Pretty much whenever I’m out there it seems to be pretty loud, so as long they’re reacting, they’re paying hard-earned money. I had a job where money was a struggle and we didn’t have the opportunity to go out and eat and do things that we wanted to do. I say if you earned your money, no matter how you did it, you should spend it how you want.

“If that’s what brings you joy, if you want to boo me, boo me. If you want to cheer me, cheer me. Either way, I’m going to go out there and do my thing. I’m going to have fun, I’m going to bust some [expletive] and try to do it again the next day.”

Q: Why do you think you’re still getting that negative reaction from some people? It seems like the most vocal people are mostly guys.

A: “I think there’s a few different reasons why. You could name a bunch of them. I don’t think we could actually put a finger on one and say this is the reason why. Typically if you hear the boos, it generally is grown men my age and I’m not really in this business for the grown men. (laughs) I’m in this business for the families. That’s what we are; we’re a PG product. We’re a family-based product. We’re here to entertain families and give them enjoyment. If you’re a 30-year-old man and you want to flip me off at a kids show, then, hey, like I said, you paid your money but just be careful because you could get kicked out.”

Q: Has it ever bothered you when it comes to the reaction from the fans or it is something you’ve been able to put aside?

A: “There’s nothing to complain about as far as reaction, because we’re storytelling here and not everybody is going to have the same opinion about the story. My only concern is you’re setting a bad example. I’ve seen grown men flip me off and there were children right there. There’s a guy who got kicked out of one of the shows because I’m pretty sure he was drunk. He’s going nuts, screaming and cussing, acting like a fool when there’s children right next to him. That’s something we have to keep in mind. A lot of times, these pay-per-views and Monday Night Raws, they’re on school nights so it is a lot more of a grown-up feel. I think if you pick and choose and just think with logic, everything will be all right. That’s just one thing, you have to be concerned with the example we’re setting. At a show, I’m not the only role model. These kids are sitting next to these other grown-ups and they’re seeing how these people act. That’s just a reflection of what they see and they probably act the same way.”

Q: How is your nose and what surgery did you have on it?

A: “My nose is doing a lot better. I can breathe and it’s straight so that’s good. That was what we were hoping for is to knock out two birds with one stone. I had a deviated septum which, if you’re not familiar with that, it’s pretty much the middle part that divides the nose so it’s kind of the inside of the nose. It was broken pretty much into an S or a V-type look. So one of my nostrils was smaller than the other.

Due to travel, I go in and out of allergies. Anytime I would get any type of allergies, it makes your nostrils swell up and you can’t breathe and you get congested. I pretty much couldn’t breathe out of one nostril at that point and then it would close up the other one so I pretty much had half a nostril to breathe out of. So we needed to get that fixed. They went in and fixed the deviated septum. The outer part of my nose had been crooked and hit so many times over the past six months that it bowed on me so they went ahead and straightened that out for me. That way we wouldn’t have to do this all over again and take another two weeks or three weeks off. It was something I just needed to get done, that way I could breathe and continue to perform.”

Q: Was there a concern about the timing of it? It obviously needed to be done, but it’s WrestleMania season and you never know what can happen when you go under the knife.

A: “Yeah, the timing wasn’t great by any means, but it was one of those necessary things. That was the toughest part. When is the best time to do this? Well, it definitely ain’t before Mania but it’s not like this thing turns off. That’s the problem we have is there’s no time to rest because we have no offseason. We have a lot of content to fill. It makes for a lot of workdays. For me, I just tried to fit it in when it was going to be the best time for me. I think we were able to nail that because we were able to do some cool stuff storyline-wise which allowed me enough time to get it fixed and to recharge my battery. I’ve been running for a solid year and a half now and that can add up when you don’t have an offseason.”

Q: The last couple of times you’ve been on TV, you’ve come down the ramp like everybody else instead of through the crowd. (Since his WWE debut, Reigns had come to the ring through the audience.) Is that going to be the norm going forward?

A: “I think so. I think we’re getting to a point now where it’s full gas pedal down, no BS, trying to get to that ring as fast as possible. That’s where the business is going to go down so I think that’s going to be the best bet, that straight shot to get in there.”

Q: Your cousin The Rock is going to be a part of this year’s WrestleMania. Do you think the two of you will ever have a match?

A: “I don’t know. That depends on what goes down in Dallas I would think. You have to tune in — check it out.”

Q: Do you want a match with him?

A: “He’s The Rock. He’s the biggest movie star and biggest name in Hollywood right now. Why wouldn’t I want to punch that in the face a couple of times?”

Q: And you got to punch [WWE Chairman] Vince McMahon in the face [last December]. That would be quite the two-fer.

A: “Yeah that’s the big head on my wall right there, that’s the big trophy. He’s a madman. He’s 70 years old and I think he’s going on 25. I was surprised he didn’t just shake that punch off because he’s done just about anything and everything and dealt with some craziness in his day. He’s a great trooper for that.”

Q: Can you get a picture of that moment and have him autograph it for you?

A: “Actually, I might have to use that suggestion. (laughs) That’s what might have him fire me if I try to do that. You can hit me in the face all you want, kid, but I’m not signing that!”

Credit: Orlando Sentinel

Published By: CiCi
Date: March 28th

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For World Wrestling Entertainment megastar Roman Reigns, it was never so much about if as it was when.

It was never a question of if he would follow the genetic path of greatness that came before him. Reigns (born Leati Joseph Anoa’i) comes from a long line of proud and successful Samoan pro wrestlers. His father, Sika Anoa’i, and his uncle Afa Anoa’i, formed the legendary tag team The Wild Samoans. His brother, Matthew Anoa’i, enjoyed a successful run with WWE during its famed Attitude Era as Rosey. The bloodlines don’t end there. Reigns is also cousins to legends like the late Yokozuna, WWE hall of famer Rikishi, the late Umaga, The Tonga Kid, The Usos, and arguably the greatest professional wrestler in history in “The Rock” Dwayne Johnson.

Despite Reigns’ best efforts to break free of the family business and make it as a professional football player, his destiny eventually came calling.

“I can only speak from my experience and no,” Reigns said with a chuckle during a telephone interview when asked if wrestling was ever not an option for him.

“There was no way to avoid it,” added Reigns, who faces WWE World Heavyweight champion Triple H at WrestleMania 32 in Dallas, Texas, on April 3.

But before he was delivering Superman Punches, he was delivering bone-crunching tackles in the other sport be both loves and excels at, pro football. Reigns was a standout high school and college football player who even toiled in the National Football League and in Canada with the Canadian Football League’s Edmonton Eskimos, where he played in 2008.

“I don’t regret anything in football,” Reigns said. “I still love the game, I still love to watch it. It’s even better now to watch it as a fan.”

Reigns said he believes he just never found his fit in football.

“I tried to find that NFL team … you’re always searching, you’re looking for that team, that team that’s going to change your life. For me, WWE was my team. It just took me a while to find that and to realize it, but they’ve always been there since the day I was born. I’ve been in this wrestling family since Day 1. There ain’t no getting out of it now.”

In fact, Reigns said, it was before departing for Canada and the CFL that he began to seriously contemplate going into the family business.

“Going into Canada, I was starting to have those thoughts of, ‘OK, if something magical doesn’t happen up here, something really great that’s going to build a foundation either up here, or able to propel me back down south to the NFL, then I don’t know if I want to invest anymore energy into football,’ because I had played it for so long,” Reigns said. “I had played it since seven years old, essentially. After just years and years of just the same stuff, the same chasing that ball, playing the same techniques.

As you progress through each level of football, it becomes less about sport and more about money, he explained. “The sport kind of takes a different toll on you and I was ready for a change by then.”

Reigns came home to his calling in 2010 when he signed a developmental deal with WWE. There, he would spend the next two years cutting his teeth before he found success with fellow developmental talents Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins when the trio formed The Shield. The trio would soon get the call to the main WWE roster and proceed to enjoy tremendous success. The Shield would be dissolved in early 2013, with all three men going on to enjoy varying degrees of singles success.

Reigns, who has twice won the WWE World title, is now staring down the barrel of his second straight main event WrestleMania match. Lofty stuff indeed for someone only six years into his career and only three years removed from developmental.

“Sometimes it doesn’t even feel real,” admitted the very likable Reigns when asked if he ever stops to contemplate what he’s accomplished so far. “I try not to look on the accolades or the things that I’ve done. I try to focus on, ‘What can you control?’ ‘What’s the next step?’ ‘What’s going to help you out for tomorrow?’ But it is really cool to be able to look back and think, ‘Wow man.’ … (There have been) so many great opportunities, I’ve met so many cool people, built so many great relationships, I’ve been able to see damn near the whole world.”

It’s something, he said, he wouldn’t have been able to handle during his football days.

“Six years ago, seven years ago, when I was in Canada, I don’t know if I would have even been ready for all of this, let alone be living a life where I’m actually doing all of this. Every single day that I wake up is a blessing. As long as I wake up, I feel like I can whatever it is because that’s the way we work here. You have to be ready for anything, you have to be willing to pick something up on the fly, even if you don’t have any experience. Everything that I’m doing now is just to gain even more experience and continue to build this foundation that I stand on.”

That foundation, while certainly solid when it comes to his successes so far, has become a bit shaky when it comes to notoriously fickle wrestling fans. Reigns, at times, finds himself on the receiving end of boos, sometimes when least expected, which is unusual for someone being billed as a good guy.

For his part, Reigns is at a bit of a loss to explain the love-hate relationship fans have for him.

“It’s a tough one because there is no one answer,” Reigns said. “There is no one reason why someone would want to boo me. Maybe they don’t like what I wear, how I sound, maybe I did something to offend them, but for me, it’s hard because I’m under the microscope and I’m dealing with a lot of different things and there’s a lot of things flying my way. For me, I can only continue to stay within myself and worry about the things I can control and the things I can control are, Am I healthy?; Am I showing up to where I need to be on time?; Am I here to perform and do my job? If I do that, then our fans, they can cheer me, they can boo me, as long as we all show up to the arena, everything will be fine. We’ll be able to create that awesome experience, create that energy.”

Reigns also said he has a huge number of supporters, whom he hears just as loudly and clearly.

“As for the reasons why these things happen, I don’t know,” he said. “I do know I have a lot of supporters. These people have my back. There’s nothing that anybody can say negatively to me that will make me believe you are correct. It’s just your opinions,” he said, adding that his football background comes in handy with crowd reactions and reception. “I’m an ex-football player, so I’ve been in a home environment, I’ve played in an away environment. As long as I know the supporters are still by me, even if they’re not in the arena, I hear them on social media and I know they’re out there. If you’re riding with me, it’s going to be a good ride. If you’re going against me, we’re sorry for what’s going to happen next.”

So focused is Reigns on his job and at becoming an even better wrestler and star, he said he doesn’t let the negativity or adversity change him as a person.

“Not as a person. never as a person,” he said. “I know who I am, I know where I come from and where I want to go. At the end of the day, I’m a dad. I’ll never forget who I am.”

As a performer, Reigns believes that adversity has played into his favour.

“I think it’s helped me,” he said. “That’s what’s cool about what we do. It’s a story, there’s no applause sign. This isn’t on set. This is live, it’s raw. We call it Raw, but it is raw. Emotions come out in the moment. There is no real way to compare that to anything and for me, I think it made me better, it made me learn faster. I was thrown into the fire, thrown into the deep end. And you can either sink or swim. And that’s how you get better. You apply that heat that’s being thrown at you.”

The next heat coming Reigns’ way is coming in the form of a 14-time world champion who has almost single-handedly rewritten the book on success and longevity. Reigns faces wrestling legend-turned corporate executive Paul (Triple H) Levesque, a man with nearly as many WrestleMania appearances under his belt as Reigns has years on Earth.

At nearly 50 years of age, the man known as “The Game” continues to defy Father Time, all while inspiring every single performer in the company, Reigns said of his opponent at the massive AT&T Stadium.

“Nobody’s molded and had a bigger impact on the business, I don’t think, than Triple H in the past 10 to 15 years,” Reigns said. “He’s pretty much done all of the hard work, the nitpicking, day in, day out. He’s been in the ring, he’s been travelling, being the face of the company essentially … always promoting, always working, always thinking about the business, always thinking about the future, building NXT and on top of that, playing the whole suit role and the whole office role, but still getting in the gym, still looking great, still can go, still a great athlete, still a competitor.”

Triple H sets the bar high for others, Reigns said.

“That’s a mix of good genetics — probably like 10% genetics and 90% work ethic — and to be able to tangle up with that, there’s a lot of things I can learn from him,” he said. “The youth of this business, no matter who you are, you’re going to learn from Triple H and you’re going to pick his brain and you’re going to get better for that.”

Having twice tasted – albeit briefly – the life as a WWE World champion, it’s something Reigns admits leaves a lasting taste in one’s mouth.

“I think once you’ve had the title, that’s all you really think about,” he said, before his trademark sharp wit emerges. “The first one was like … they were saying something stupid like a five-second reign. It was at least eight seconds for sure. They’re stealing seconds away from me man.”

Then he turns serious.

“When I had that championship, when I ended up beating Sheamus again on Raw in Philly, it was incredible. The weeks following that, everywhere I went, ‘What’s up, champ?’ ‘How you doing champ?’ I legitimately felt like life was better. When you’re WWE champ, life is better. There is something about being the WWE champion that makes your day-to-day life cooler, better, more fun … It’s a real thing. I know it’s a TV show, but there is something very real life about it and that’s why I haven’ been fulfilled yet.

“It’s weird to say, I’m a two-time champion — hopefully three-time after Dallas — there is huge enjoyment to have that title on your shoulder, to travel the whole world to defend it every single night in a different town, all over the country, all over the world, to be able to have that responsibility, man there’s nothing like it.”

Reigns is excited at the prospect of earning his third world title in front of a record WWE crowd, probably close to 100,000 people.

“We always re-run the prior year’s WrestleMania before every show,” Reigns said. “And we’ve seen that one from last year in Santa Clara. We’ve seen that one day after day before every single show. It’s crazy that it’s going to change. There are going to be new moments, there are going to be new highlights. It just gets bigger, longer and it’s just a greater show every single year. You run into a situation like Dallas, it’s just, ‘How can we top this?’ We’re in the business of outdoing ourselves. How do we do that again? That’s my main question that I’m running into? This is just going to be the biggest event of all time. Where do we go from here man?”

Destiny, it would seem, is still calling for Roman Reigns.

WrestleMania 32 is available live and only on the WWE Network on April 3. For details, go to wwe.com.

Credit: TheWhig.com


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