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Leati Joseph "Joe" Anoa'i (May 25, 1985) is an American professional wrestler and former Canadian football defensive tackle of Samoan-Italian descent. He is currently signed to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) under the ring name Roman Reigns. He is a two-time Universal Champion, WWE Intercontinental Champion, a three-time WWE Champion, a one-time WWE United States Champion and a one-time WWE Tag Team Champion. He is a member of the Anoa'i family, a renowned Samoan-American wrestling dynasty. His father is former tag team champion and WWE Hall of Famer Sika Anoa'i (one half of the Wild Samoans), and his older brother is the late Matthew Anoa'i, better known by his ring name Rosey.

Football career

Anoa'i is a former Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket, and was named first-team All-ACC his senior year. After going undrafted in the 2007 NFL Draft, he was signed by the Minnesota Vikings. Upon being waived by the Vikings, he was added to the Jacksonville Jaguars roster to provide depth at defensive tackle. In 2008, Anoa'i was signed by the Edmonton Eskimos and accepted a spot on the team's practice roster.

Professional wrestling career

World Wrestling Entertainment

Florida Championship Wrestling / NXT Wrestling (2010–2012)

In July 2010, Anoa'i signed a developmental contract with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and was later assigned to their developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW). He debuted on September 9, 2010, using the ring name Roman Leakee, in a loss to Richie Steamboat in a singles match. Further losses to Idol Stevens and Wes Brisco ensued, before he gained his first win on September 21 over Fahd Rakman. He continued competing in FCW throughout the remainder of the year, wrestling mainly in tag team matches. On the January 16, 2011 episode of FCW television, Leakee was a competitor in a 30-man Grand Royal, but was eliminated. Later in 2011, Leakee formed an alliance with Donny Marlow and the pair unsuccessfully challenged Calvin Raines and Big E Langston for the Florida Tag Team Championship on July 8.

In 2012, Leakee became a main eventer in singles competition, and he pinned Florida Heavyweight Champion Leo Kruger during a tag team match on the 8 episode of FCW television. On the February 5 episode of FCW television, he defeated Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins in a triple threat match to become the number one contender to the FCW Florida Heavyweight Championship. He failed to win the championship when he lost to Kruger in a singles match the following week. He would later go on to win the Florida Tag Team Championship alongside Mike Dalton before dropping it to CJ Parker and Jason Jordan. Anoa'i made his NXT debut on the October 31 tapings under the name Roman Reigns by defeating CJ Parker.

The Shield (2012–2014)

Reigns made his main roster television debut on November 18, 2012, at the Survivor Series pay-per-view alongside Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins, assaulting Ryback during the triple threat main event for the WWE Championship, allowing CM Punk to retain the title. The trio declared themselves The Shield and vowed to rally against "injustice". They denied working for Punk, but routinely emerged from the crowd to attack Punk's adversaries, including Ryback and WWE Tag Team Champions Team Hell No (Kane and Daniel Bryan). This led to a six-man Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match at the TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs pay-per-view, in which Reigns, Ambrose, and Rollins defeated Team Hell No and Ryback in their debut match. The Shield continued to aid Punk after TLC, attacking both Ryback and The Rock during match in January 2013. On Raw on January 28, it was revealed that Punk and his manager Paul Heyman had been paying the Shield and Brad Maddox to work for them all along.

The Shield then quietly ended their association with Punk while beginning a feud with John Cena, Ryback, and Sheamus that led to a six-man tag match on February 17 at Elimination Chamber, which the Shield won. The Shield had their first Raw match the following night, where they defeated Ryback, Sheamus, and Chris Jericho. Sheamus then formed an alliance with Randy Orton and Big Show to face the Shield at WrestleMania 29, but the Shield emerged victorious in their first WrestleMania match. The following night on Raw, The Shield attempted to attack the Undertaker but were stopped by Team Hell No. This set up a six-man tag team match on the April 22 episode of Raw, which The Shield won. On the May 13 episode of Raw, The Shield's undefeated streak in televised six-man tag team matches ended in a disqualification loss in an elimination match against Cena, Kane and Bryan.

On May 19 at Extreme Rules, Rollins and Reigns defeated Team Hell No in a tag team tornado match to win the WWE Tag Team Championship. Rollins and Reigns made their first televised title defense on the May 27 episode of Raw, defeating Team Hell No in a rematch. On the June 14 episode of SmackDown, the Shield's unpinned/unsubmitted streak in televised six-man tag team matches came to an end at the hands of Team Hell No and Randy Orton, when Daniel Bryan submitted Rollins. Reigns and Rollins defeated Bryan and Orton at WWE Payback to retain the WWE Tag Team Championship. Further successful title defenses followed against The Usos on July 14 during the Money in the Bank pre-show and The Prime Time Players (Darren Young and Titus O'Neil) at Night of Champions. On the September 23 episode of Raw, Reigns was pinned for the first time while on the main roster courtesy of The Usos when the Shield participated in and lost an eleven-on-three handicap elimination match.

On the October 14 episode of Raw, Reigns and Rollins lost the WWE Tag Team Championship to Cody Rhodes and Goldust in a No Disqualification match, following interference from Big Show. At Hell in a Cell, Reigns and Rollins failed to regain the tag team title in a triple threat match. At Survivor Series, Reigns was the sole survivor for his team in the traditional five-on-five elimination tag team match after eliminating four opponents. After losing to Punk in a handicap match at TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs, Reigns defeated Punk in a singles match after a distraction from Ambrose on January 6, 2014, making him the only member of the Shield to have beaten Punk. At the Royal Rumble pay-per-view, Reigns entered the Rumble match at #15, and set the record for most eliminations in a single Rumble with 12. He eliminated both his Shield teammates, and was the runner-up in the match after being eliminated by Batista. The next night on Raw, The Shield competed in a six-man tag team match against Daniel Bryan, Sheamus, and John Cena with all three members of the winning team qualifying to compete in the Elimination Chamber match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. The Shield lost the match via disqualification after The Wyatt Family interfered and attacked Cena, Bryan, and Sheamus. The Shield wanted revenge and a six-man tag for The Shield against The Wyatt Family at the Elimination Chamber pay-per view was arranged, in which The Shield lost.

On the March 14 airing of SmackDown, Reigns and the other members of The Shield defied Kane backstage, and again during Kane's match with Big Show, costing Kane the win, turning all members of The Shield faces in the process. Over the next few weeks, The Shield continued exchanging assaults with Kane, who was joined by the New Age Outlaws, leading to a match between the two teams at WrestleMania XXX, which The Shield won. On the April 7 episode of Raw, The Shield officially severed ties with The Authority when Kane revealed that Triple H had coordinated the attack on them several weeks prior. As a result, The Shield attacked the entire Authority, protecting new WWE World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan. Over the next few weeks, The Shield competed were heavily outumbered in handicap matches at the order of Triple H. The Shield defeated Evolution at both Extreme Rules and Payback. The next night on Raw, Batista left Evolution, prompting Triple H to initiate "Plan B"; this involved Rollins turning on the Shield and aligning himself with Triple H.

The New Face of the WWE (2014-2019)

Reigns and Ambrose subsequently quietly disbanded, with Reigns using new entrance music and later, modified tactical vest. On the June 16 episode of Raw, Reigns goaded Vickie Guerrero into adding him to the battle royal to qualify for a spot for the Money in the Bank ladder match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Money in the Bank; he won by eliminating Rusev. At Money in the Bank, Reigns failed to win the title. At Battleground, Reigns participated in the fatal four-way match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, which Cena won to retain the title. The following night on Raw, Triple H had planned on announcing Randy Orton as the number one contender for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, but Reigns attacked Orton, causing Triple H to lose faith in him and replace him in the title match. This prompted a feud between Reigns and Orton which culminated with Reigns defeating Orton at SummerSlam.

On September 20, 2014, Reigns underwent emergency surgery on an incarcerated hernia. WWE subsequently stated that Reigns was expected to recover in six weeks. During his recovery period, he appeared in televised interview segments; his speech delivery was criticised as "forced" by James Caldwell of the Pro Wrestling Torch in November 2014. Reigns returned to television on the December 8 episode of Raw when WWE awarded him the 2014 "Superstar of the Year" Slammy Award. Reigns made his official return six days later at TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs, where he prevented Big Show from attacking John Cena during the latter's match with Seth Rollins, as well as attacking Rollins which allowed Cena to win the match.

At Royal Rumble 2015, Roman Reigns first eliminated Kane and Big Show and then later had to eliminate Rusev to win the Royal Rumble Match. Roman then later got goaded by Daniel Bryan to put his WrestleMania 31 Title shot that he earned at Royal Rumble 2015 on the line at WWE Fastlane. Reigns won the match to go onto the main event of WrestleMania to face Brock Lesnar for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Both Lesnar and Reigns were laying motionless on the ground and Seth Rollins decided to cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase and become the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion.

The next night on Raw, Reigns was a part of the triple threat No. 1 contender's match Big Show interfered and cost Reigns his chance at redemption. which transformed into a Last Man Standing Match at Extreme Rules a match that Reigns walked out victorious from. Then Director of Operations Kane let the WWE Universe decide Rollins next title defence at Payback on the WWE App the WWE Universe voted for it to be a triple threat match Seth Rollins vs. Randy Orton vs. Roman Reigns. Which later became a fatal four-way match with Dean Ambrose picking up a Raw victory over Seth Rollins. Reigns came up short.

Reigns did not have to wait long before getting another opportunity for the title in the form of the Money in the Bank Ladder Match. Reigns was alone in the ring fingertips away from that guaranteed title shot and the lights went out only to come back on and Bray Wyatt at the bottom of the ladder costing Reigns the match. Later that night it was revealed that Roman Reigns and Bray Wyatt would clash at Battleground. Leading up to that Reigns was the target of a tyrade from Wyatt "anyone but you Roman. Anyone but you Roman. Anyone but you." Reigns was closing in on the victory until a hooded Luke Harper Superkicked him leaving him wide open for a Sister Abigail. Reigns later reunited with Dean Ambrose to rebel against Wyatt and Harper. Reigns and Ambrose defeated the Wyatts at Summerslam, but the next night during a rematch, a man gave Reigns and Ambrose bear hugs until they lose consciousness. He was named Braun Strowman by Wyatt to take out Reigns and Ambrose. Reigns and Ambrose announced that they have a mystery partner against the Wyatts at Night of Champions. The mystery partner was revealed as Chris Jericho, but they lost against Wyatt's stable at Night of Champions. Reigns would have one last battle with Bray at Hell in a Cell, inside the structure of the same name. Reigns defeated Wyatt at the pay-per-view, then subsequently won a Fatal Four Way match against Dolph Ziggler, Alberto Del Rio, and Kevin Owens for a title shot against Seth Rollins at Survivor Series. When Rollins suffered a knee injury, a tournament took place to determine the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Triple H offered Reigns a place in the finals, if he shook Triple H's hand. Reigns refuses, claiming he would enter the tournament himself. Reigns would defeat Big Show in the first round, Cesaro in the quarterfinals, Alberto Del Rio in the semi-finals, and finally Dean Ambrose to win the WWE Championship. The reign only lasted 5 minutes and 15 seconds, as Sheamus cashed in the Money in the Bank contract to win the title from Reigns. Roman would then battle Sheamus in a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match at TLC. Due to interference from Sheamus's new stable " The League of Nations" , Reigns would ultimately lose, and took out his frustration on Triple H after the match.

Reigns would defeat Rusev at Clash of Champions on September 25 to win the United States Championship, and after weeks of brawling he successfully retained the title against Rusev in a Hell in a Cell match at the titular event on October 30 to end their feud. Reigns was later announced as a member for Team Raw in the traditional Survivor Series elimination tag team match on November 20 alongside Kevin Owens, Chris Jericho, former Shield brother Seth Rollins and Braun Strowman which Team Raw lost after Reigns was the last man to be eliminated by Bray Wyatt. On the November 28 episode of Raw, Reigns challenged WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens to a non-title match which Reigns won and per the pre-match stipulation, Reigns faced Owens for the WWE Universal Championship at Roadblock: End of the Line on December 18, but lost via disqualification when Chris Jericho attacked Owens to prevent Reigns from winning the title. On the January 9, 2017 episode of Raw, Reigns lost the United States Championship to Jericho in a handicap match also involving Owens. This led to a no disqualification rematch with Owens at the Royal Rumble on January 29 that saw Jericho being suspended above the ring in a shark cage, where Reigns lost after Braun Strowman interfered. Later on the event, Reigns entered at number 30 in the Royal Rumble match, eliminating Bray Wyatt, Chris Jericho and The Undertaker before being last eliminated by Randy Orton. At Fastlane on March 5, Reigns defeated Strowman, becoming the first person to pin Strowman since joining the main roster.

The following night on Raw, Reigns was called out to the ring by Strowman, but instead was answered by The Undertaker, who attacked Reigns (who came out to confront Undertaker after Strowman left the ring) with a chokeslam. This led to a No Holds Barred match between Reigns and Undertaker at WrestleMania 33 on April 2, which Reigns won in his third consecutive WrestleMania 33 main event and Undertaker's final match. This win also made Reigns only one of two wrestlers to defeat Undertaker at WrestleMania, the other being Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania XXX. The next night on Raw, Reigns opened the show to ten minutes of severe boos and chants from the crowd, attempting to stop him from speaking, before simply stating "This is my yard now" and leaving the ring. Reigns then resumed his feud with Strowman, who attacked him in front of Michael Cole and, after medical personnel put him inside an ambulance, Strowman pushed it over. An "injured" Reigns returned to face Strowman at Payback on April 30, but was defeated and afterwards further assaulted with steel steps by Strowman.

WWE World Heavyweight Champion (2015–2016)

On the December 17 episode of Raw, Reigns would challenge Sheamus one more time for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, which Mr. McMahon put Roman's career on the line. Reigns would beat Sheamus, winning his second world title. On the January 4 episode, after weeks of mind games against Mr. McMahon, McMahon announced that Reigns would defend the title in the Royal Rumble match. Reigns was also given the #1 spot by Vince and Stephanie McMahon.

At the Royal Rumble, Reigns would enter the Rumble, but, under the order of Mr. McMahon, The League of Nations attacked Roman, with Rusev landing the final blow by dropping Reigns through the announce table. Reigns would reenter the match, but was eliminated by #30 and eventual winner, Triple H. Reigns would take part in a Triple Threat match to determine the #1 Contender for Triple H's title at WrestleMania, against Dean Ambrose and Brock Lesnar. Reigns would win the match at Fastlane, setting up Triple H vs Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 32. Reigns predictably beat Triple H for his third title at Mania, provoking boos from the audience.

AJ Styles, after beating Chris Jericho, Kevin Owens and Cesaro, would be the next contender for Reigns' WWE Championship. Over the next few weeks, Reigns, along with the Usos (now called the Bloodline), feuded with Styles and his Bullet Club stablemates Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson (called the Club). Reigns defeated Styles at Payback, and at Extreme Rules in an Extreme Rules match. After the match, Seth Rollins made his return, planting the champ with a Pedigree. Reigns would defend the title against Seth Rollins at Money in the Bank, which he loses, in which Seth would lose it to Dean Ambrose minutes later. Shane McMahon then announced on the next night, all three members of the Shield would clash at Battleground for the WWE Championship.

Reigns would lose the match, although he was drafted to Raw five days earlier, on the night of the Draft. Reigns started a feud with Rusev for the United States Championship. That match, originally scheduled for SummerSlam, never happened as Rusev suffered an injury. It was moved to Clash of Champions, which Reigns won, completing the fact that all three members of the Shield would hold the WWE Title and the US Title. Reigns would accept a rematch at Hell in a Cell, inside the Cell itself.

Intercontinental Champion (2017–2018)

On the November 20th edition of Monday Night Raw, Reigns won the Intercontinental Championship after defeating The Miz. The following week on the November 27th edition of Raw, Reigns' first title defense was successful against Elias. After the match, Samoa Joe attacked Reigns and applied the Coquina Clutch on the entrance ramp before Joe was removed by backstage officials. The following week on the December 4th edition of Raw, Samoa Joe sat on the entrance ramp to observe Reigns' second title defense against his newest challenger Jason Jordan. After Reigns defeated Jordan to retain the title, Samoa Joe attempted to attack Reigns with another Coquina Cluth, but was driven away by Jason Jordan. Afterwards, Reigns attacked Jordan with a Superman Punch in retaliation for an earlier attack from his challenger prior to their title match. On the December 11th edition of Raw, after Reigns and his fellow Shield teammates were attacked by Samoa Joe and the Raw Tag Team Champions Sheamus and Cesaro, all three men wrestled in singles matches against each other. Reigns' third title defense was against Cesaro, whom he defeated.

Reigns' feud with Samoa Joe continued into the following year, ending on the New Years edition of Monday Night Raw, where Reigns faced Joe in a title match where if Reigns was disqualified, he would forfeit the title to Joe. In the end, Reigns successfully defeated Joe and retained the title.

On January 12, Reigns resumed his previous rivalry with The Miz, after defeating him in a three-on-one handicap tag match, teaming with fellow Shield member Seth Rollins. Throughout mid-January, Reigns and Rollins defeated The Miz and The Miztourage in several house shows in a series of handicap tag matches. On the 25th Anniversary Raw Show on January 22, Reigns was defeated by The Miz after considerable interference by The Miztourage at ringside and then falling victim to two Skull-Crushing Finales from the Miz; the second after Reigns' head struck an exposed middle turnbuckle, allowing for the Miz to secure a pin-fall and winning the Intercontinental Championship for the eighth time.

Universal Champion (2018)

Reigns then participated in the annual Royal Rumble match at the namesake pay-per-view on January 28, but failed to win the match after being last eliminated by Shinsuke Nakamura. After failing to regain the Intercontinental Championship from The Miz in a rematch, Reigns defeated Bray Wyatt to qualify for the 2018 Elimination Chamber match. Reigns won the match, earning the right to challenge Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship at WrestleMania 34. On the March 12 episode of Raw, Reigns was (kayfabe) suspended for comments he made regarding Lesnar and the company. The following week on Raw, Reigns was (kayfabe) arrested by United States Marshals for trespassing. While engaging in a fight with the marshals, Reigns was assaulted by Lesnar. At WrestleMania 34, Reigns failed to win the championship from Lesnar after suffering six F-5's and bleeding during the course of the match. They had rematch for the championship at the Greatest Royal Rumble in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, this inside a steel cage, where Reigns failed to win the title again after spearing Lesnar through the cage and thus accidentally giving the win to Lesnar as he escaped the cage first per the match rules. At Backlash, Reigns defeated Samoa Joe in a singles match in the main event; the two had been feuding since the April 9 episode of Raw (the night Joe returned from injury) when Joe confronted Reigns about always failing to defeat Lesnar. Following over a month of feuding, Reigns defeated Jinder Mahal at Money in the Bank. Reigns then entered a feud with Bobby Lashley, where both men believed that they were the rightful challenger to Lesnar's championship. This set up a match at Extreme Rules, where Lashley was victorious. The following night on Raw, two triple threat matches were set to determine Lesnar's challenger for SummerSlam. Reigns and Lashley won their respective matches, setting up a number one contender's match between the two the following week, which Reigns won. On the August 13, 2018 episode of Raw, after calling out Heyman and Lesnar, Reigns was blinded by Heyman with pepper spray, allowing Lesnar to assault Reigns. At SummerSlam, Reigns successfully defeated Lesnar and won the Universal Championship for the first time in his career, ending Lesnar's title reign at 504 days. The following night on Raw, Reigns made his first successful title defense, defeating Finn Balor. After the match, Braun Strowman attempted to cash-in his Money in the Bank briefcase, but his efforts were foiled by Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose, under their Shield ring gear, attacked Strowman, and together, they sent Strowman through the announce table with their signature triple powerbomb, officially reuniting The Shield. Strowman announced that he would cash in his Money in the Bank contract at Hell in a Cell. The Hell in a Cell match between Reigns and Strowman ended in a no contest after Brock Lesnar returned and attacked the both men. On September 17 episode of Raw, Reigns had another successful title defense against Baron Corbin. On the September 24 episode of Raw, The Shield competed in their first match as a unit since December 2017, defeating Corbin and The Authors of Pain. On October 6, The Shield defeated Ziggler, McIntyre and Strowman, collectively known as "The Dogs of War", at Super Show-Down in Melbourne, Australia. Two nights later on Raw, The Shield was defeated by The Dogs of War in a rematch. After the match, animosities flared between Ambrose, Rollins and Reigns, which culminated in a frustrated Ambrose walking away from his teammates.

Hiatus (2018–2019)

On October 22, 2018, Reigns relinquished the Universal Championship and announced his hiatus on Raw, revealing that his leukemia had returned after 11 years of privately battling it.

On February 25, 2019 Reigns announced his leukemia was in remission and he was returning to WWE.

Return (2019-2020)

On the March 4 episode of Raw, Dean Ambrose would save Reigns and Seth Rollins from Baron Corbin, Bobby Lashley, and Drew McIntyre, reuniting The Shield in the process. At Fastlane on March 10, Reigns, Ambrose, and Rollins would defeat Corbin, Lashley, and McIntyre. On the March 25 episode of Raw, McIntyre challenged Reigns to a match at WrestleMania, which Reigns accepted. At the event on April 7, Reigns would emerge victorious over McIntyre.

On the April 16 episode of SmackDown, Reigns was drafted to SmackDown as part of the 2019 WWE Superstar Shake-up. After being revealed as the newest SmackDown member that night, Reigns would attack Mr. McMahon and Elias. The following week, Elias challenged Reigns to a match at Money in the Bank, which Reigns accepted. At the event on May 19, Reigns would quickly defeat Elias. As part of the wild card rule, Reigns would appear on the May 20 episode of Raw, only to be confronted by Shane McMahon, who challenged Reigns to a match, which Reigns accepted. The match would take place at Super ShowDown on June 7, where Shane won after McIntyre interfered. Later that month, at Stomping Grounds, Reigns would defeat McIntyre. The next night on Raw, McIntyre and Shane looked to beat down Reigns in a Handicap Match, only for The Undertaker save Reigns. At Extreme Rules on July 14, Reigns and The Undertaker defeated McIntyre and Shane in a No Holds Barred Match.

On the July 30 episode of SmackDown, while walking backstage, stage equipment and boxes fell onto Reigns. On the August 5 episode of Raw, Reigns was targeted again, this time in a vehicular hit and run. After investigating, Reigns would discover that the perpetrator had been Erick Rowan. As a result, Reigns faced Rowan in a No Disqualification Match at Clash of Champions on September 15. However, Reigns would be defeated by Rowan after Luke Harper interfered. On the October 4 episode of SmackDown, Reigns defeated Rowan in a Lumberjack Match. Then, at Hell in a Cell on October 6, Reigns teamed up with Daniel Bryan, Rowan's former partner, to defeat Rowan and Harper in a Tornado Tag Team Match.

At Crown Jewel on October 31, Reigns was a part of Team Hogan, helping defeat Team Flair. Reigns then went on to begin a feud with King Corbin, Dolph Ziggler, and Robert Roode. At Survivor Series on November 24, Reigns would captain Team SmackDown, taking them to a victory over Team Raw and Team NXT. During the match, despite being on the same team, Reigns would spear Corbin after he caused the elimination of Mustafa Ali, leaving Corbin to be eliminated himself. This resulted in a TLC Match between Reigns and Corbin at Tables, Ladders & Chairs on December 15, which Corbin won after Ziggler and The Revival (Dash Wilder and Scott Dawson) interfered. At the Royal Rumble on January 26, 2020, Reigns, with assistance from The Usos, defeated Corbin in a Falls Count Anywhere Match. Later in the night, Reigns competed in the Men's Royal Rumble Match, entering at number 26. However, Reigns was eliminated by eventual winner Drew McIntyre. The following month, at Super ShowDown, Reigns defeated Corbin in a Steel Cage Match.

On the February 28 episode of SmackDown, Reigns would confront Universal Champion Goldberg. However, Reigns would pull out from facing Goldberg at WrestleMania due to COVID-19 concerns.

The Tribal Chief (2020-present)

At SummerSlam on August 23, Reigns would make his return, attacking new Universal Champion "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt. On the August 28 episode of SmackDown, Reigns would align himself with Paul Heyman. At Payback on August 30, Reigns won the Universal Championship for a second time after beating The Fiend and Braun Strowman in a Triple Threat Match. Reigns then began a feud with his cousin, Jey Uso. At Clash of Champions on September 27, Reigns successfully defended the Universal Championship against Jey after Jey's brother, Jimmy, threw in the towel. Reigns would go on to grant a rematch to Jey, which would take place at Hell in a Cell on October 25. At the event, Reigns and Jey faced off in an "I Quit" Hell in a Cell Match, which Reigns won. As a result of his loss, Jey would be forced to follow Reign's orders and acknowledge him as "The Tribal Chief".

At Survivor Series on November 22, Reigns emerged victorious over WWE Champion Drew McIntyre in a Champion vs. Champion Match. After, Reigns began a rivalry with Kevin Owens, retaining the Universal Championship against him in a TLC Match at Tables, Ladders & Chairs on December 20. On the December 25 episode of SmackDown, Reigns defeated Owens in a Steel Cage Match to retain his title, before defeating Owens once again in a Last Man Standing Match at the Royal Rumble on January 31, 2021. At Elimination Chamber on February 21, Reigns retained against Daniel Bryan. The following month, at Fastlane, Reigns defeated Bryan in a rematch. On night two of WrestleMania on April 11, Reigns retained the Universal Championship in a Triple Threat Match that involved Bryan and Edge, who had won the Royal Rumble Match in January.

After WrestleMania, Reigns would defeat Bryan in a Title vs. Career Match on the April 30 episode of SmackDown, resulting in Bryan leaving SmackDown. At WrestleMania Backlash on May 16, Reigns retained the Universal Championship against Cesaro. On the June 4 episode of SmackDown, Reigns would attack Rey Mysterio's son, Dominik. This resulted in a Hell in a Cell Match between Reigns and Mysterio on the June 18 episode of SmackDown, which Reigns won to retain his title. The following week, Reigns was attacked by Edge. As a result, Reigns faced Edge at Money in the Bank on July 18, with Reigns emerging victorious thanks to interference from Seth Rollins. After the match, Reigns would be confronted by a returning John Cena. Reigns and Cena would face off for the Universal Championship at SummerSlam on August 21, with Reigns emerging victorious.

Following his match with Cena, Reigns would be confronted by Brock Lesnar. Reigns then began a brief feud with Finn Bálor, retaining the Universal Championship against him on the September 3 episode of SmackDown. At Extreme Rules, Reigns once again retained against Bálor, who was in his "Demon" persona. The following month, Reigns faced Lesnar at Crown Jewel, defeating him thanks to help from The Usos. At Survivor Series, Reigns emerged victorious over WWE Champion Big E. On the December 3 episode of SmackDown, Reigns quickly defeated Sami Zayn to retain the Universal Championship after Zayn had been attacked by Brock Lesnar. Then, on the December 17 episode of SmackDown, Reigns would fire his manager, Paul Heyman, due to his prior connection to Lesnar. Reigns would be booked to face Lesnar at Day 1 on January 1, 2022, however, Reigns tested positive for COVID-19 and was unable to compete at the event.

At the Royal Rumble on January 29, Reigns defended the Universal Championship against Seth Rollins, but lost by disqualification after refusing to release a hold. Later that night, Reigns would reunite with Heyman after they assisted Bobby Lashley in defeating Brock Lesnar. On the February 4 episode of SmackDown, Goldberg would challenge Reigns to a match due to their scheduled WrestleMania 36 bout being cancelled. The pair faced off at Elimination Chamber on February 19, with Reigns emerging victorious to retain the Universal Championship. On April 3, at the second night of WrestleMania 38, Reigns would defeat Brock Lesnar to win the WWE Championship. Now holding both the Universal and WWE Championships, Reigns would be recognized as the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion. The following month, at WrestleMania Backlash, Reigns teamed up with The Usos to defeat Drew McIntyre and RK-Bro (Randy Orton and Riddle). On the June 17 episode of SmackDown, Reigns retained the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship against Riddle. However, following the match, Reigns was attacked by a returning Brock Lesnar. At SummerSlam on July 30, Reigns defeated Lesnar in a Last Man Standing Match to retain his titles.

Reigns then went on to retain against Drew McIntyre at Clash at the Castle on September 3. At Crown Jewel, Reigns retained against Logan Paul. Later that month, at Surivor Series, Reigns teamed up with Bloodline members Solo Sikoa, Sami Zayn, and The Usos, to defeat Drew McIntyre, Kevin Owens, Sheamus, Ridge Holland, and Butch in a WarGames Match. At the Royal Rumble on January 28, Reigns retained against Kevin Owens. The next month, at Elimination Chamber, Reigns would defeat former "Honorary Uce" Sami Zayn.

Personal life

Anoa'i is the son of Sika of the Wild Samoans and the brother of Matt "Rosey" Anoa'i, who are both professional wrestlers. As a member of the Anoa'i family, he is also related to fellow professional wrestlers, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Yokozuna, Rikishi Fatu, Umaga and The Usos.

At the Georgia Institute of Technology, Anoa'i studied management.

Anoa'i got married in early December 2014. He has a daughter, with whom he appeared in a public service announcement in June 2014 and unnamed twin sons, which he announced in an interview with Access Hollywood.

In wrestling

  • Finishing moves
    • As Roman Reigns
      • Spear
      • Moment of Silence (NXT) / Back suplex side slam (WWE) – NXT; used as a signature move in WWE
    • As Leakee
  • Nicknames
    • "The Muscle of The Shield"
    • "The Juggernaut"
    • "The Powerhouse"
    • "The Big Dog"
    • "The Guy"
    • "The Head of the Table"
    • "The Tribal Chief"

Championships and accomplishments

  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated
    • PWI Tag Team of the Year - with Seth Rollins
    • PWI ranked him #371 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2011
    • PWI ranked him #2 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2016
    • PWI ranked him #1 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2022
    • PWI ranked him #2 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the 2023 PWI 500

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Free agents

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Stables & Tag Teams

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Commentators & Interviewers

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Ring announcers

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Referees

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Pre-Show Panel

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NXT Trainers

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General Managers

Adam Pearce (Raw) • Nick Aldis (SmackDown) • Ava (NXT)

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