Who is Roman Reigns?
Roman Reigns is an American professional wrestler and former football player. He is currently signed to WWE, where he performs on the SmackDown brand under the ring name Roman Reigns. Reigns is also a member of the renowned Anoa’i family of Samoan wrestlers.
Roman Reigns’ real name is Leati Joseph “Joe” Anoa’i. He was born on May 25, 1985, in Pensacola, Florida, United States. He is 37 years old as of February 2023.
How Roman Reigns started his career
Roman Reigns: Football career
Roman Reigns played football for three years 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. While in college, he joined the first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) in 2006 and earned All-ACC first-team honours with 40 tackles, two recovered fumbles, and 4.5 sacks.
He was later signed by the Minnesota Vikings in May 2007. In 2008, he was signed by the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League. Wearing the number 99, Reigns played for one season with the Eskimos, featuring in five games, of which he started three.
Roman Reigns: Wrestling career
In 2010, Roman Reigns signed a contract with WWE and was later assigned to their developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW). He made his televised debut on August 19, 2010, using the ring name Roman Leakee, in a 15-man battle royal, which was won by Alex Riley.
In 2012, Roman Reigns made his WWE debut as a member of “The Shield” alongside Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins. The trio declared themselves “The Shield” and vowed to rally against injustice. The Shield eventually had differences between them and they parted ways after a feud between Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins in one of the tag team matches.
Following the disbandment, Reigns started as a solo performer in WWE and brought himself up for the WWE championship contention. In 2015, Roman Reigns entered the 2015 Royal Rumble match on January 25, winning the game after eliminating Rusev. The win earned him a WWE World Heavyweight Championship match at WrestleMania 31.
Roman Reigns: Leukaemia diagnosis
Still in 2015, Reigns was involved in a fatal four-way match involving names like Alberto Del Rio, Dolph Ziggler, and Kevin Owens. Eventually, he won the match and became the number-one contender for the WWE heavyweight title. A triple-threat match between Reigns, Strowman, and Lesnar for the Universal Championship was scheduled for the Crown Jewel event, however, on October 22, Reigns relinquished the title and announced that his leukaemia had returned after 11 years of privately battling it and being in remission.
Following this announcement, Roman Reigns went on an indefinite hiatus to receive treatment. He was first diagnosed in May 2007 when he was signed to the Minnesota Vikings and went into remission around two years after the initial treatment. In February 2019, Reigns made his return to Raw, revealing that his leukaemia was once again in remission. Later in the night, Reigns and Rollins appeared to assist Ambrose to tackle an attack by Drew McIntyre, Bobby Lashley, Elias, and Baron Corbin.
Roman Reigns parents
Roman Reigns is of Arbëreshë, English, Italian and Samoan descent. He was born to Sika Anoa’i (father) and Patricia Anoa’i. His father was a professional wrestler and originally from American Samoa island, which makes him a citizen of the United States of America.
About Roman Reigns’ father – Sika Anoa’i
Sika Anoa’i was a professional wrestler popularly known as the father of Roman Reigns. He is one of the 13 children born to Amituana and Tovale Anoa’i on April 5, 1945. He is 77 years old as of February 2023. His full name is Leati Sika Amituana’i Anoa’i. According to reports, Sika Anoa’i moved with his family to San Francisco, California, United States 1959 when he was 14 years old.
Shortly after, he was enlisted in the United States Merchant Marine and started working on ships sailing to the Philippines and Japan. In 1969, before deciding to pursue a career in professional wrestling, he left the Merchant Marine. He got married to Patricia Anoa’i (Roman Reigns’ mother) in the 90s although they are currently separated. They have four children together, of which two are professional wrestlers.
Details of the other children are scarce. Sika has contributed immensely to pro wrestling during his days of competing in the ring. He has won NWA and WWF tag titles multiple times in his career.
About Roman Reigns’ mother- Patricia Anoa’i
Patricia Anoa’i is popularly known as the mother of Roman Reigns. She usually accompanies Roman Reigns to his WWE events and is often captured sitting in the entrance row. She got married to Sika Anoa’i (Roman Reigns’ father) in the 90s but they are currently separated. They have four children together.
Roman Reigns’ siblings
Roman Reigns is part of the Anoa’i family which is known for having a prestigious wrestling background and a number of successful wrestlers. Roman Reigns has three siblings which include his late older brother Rosey Anoa’i; half-sister Summer Anoa’i, and older sister Vanessa Anoa’i.
a. Rosey Anoa’i
Rosey Anoa’i is the older brother of Roman Reigns. His real name is Matthew Tapunu’u Anoa’i. He was born on April 7, 1970, but passed away on April 18, 2017, at the age of 47. Rosey was a great fan of football and thought about making it a career. After school, he worked in nightclubs and later decided to take a career in wrestling.
He fought on the rings under various names and teamed up with many other famous wrestlers. His career lasted till 2014 when he was diagnosed with a heart disorder. He died from the illness three years later. Until his death, Rosey Anoa’i was married to ex-wife Amanda Vandeberg Schall with whom he had three kids.
b. Summer Anoa’i
Summer Anoa’i is the half-sister of Roman Reigns. There is no detailed information about her.
c. Vanessa Anoa’i
Vanessa Anoa’i is the older sister of Roman Reigns. There is no detailed information about her.
Roman Reigns’ education
Roman Reigns attended Pensacola Catholic High School and Escambia High School both in Florida, before going on to major in Management at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Reigns represented the school football team in both schools.
In college, Roman Reigns became a member of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Football Team and was the team captain in his senior year. In 2007, he was signed by the Minnesota Vikings. He later became part of the Edmonton Eskimos in the Canadian Football League in 2008.
Roman Reigns wiki profile
|Full name||Leati Joseph ”Joe” Anoa’i|
|Ring name||Roman Reigns|
|Place of birth||Pensacola, Florida, United States|
|Date of birth||May 25, 1985|
|Age||37 years old|
|Career||Professional wrestler and former football player|
|Height||6 ft 3|
|Wife||Galina Joelle Becker ( m. 2014)|
|Net worth||$85 million (estimated)|
|Alma mater||Pensacola Catholic High School|
Escambia High School
Georgia Institute of Technology
Roman Reigns’ marriage and wedding
As of the time of publishing this article, Roman Reigns is happily married to his wife Galina Joelle Becker. The couple got married in December 2014 after dating for nine years. Their union is blessed with five children, a girl and two sets of twins.
About Roman Reigns’ past girlfriends
Roman Reigns’ only known relationship is with his wife, Galina Joelle Becker. There is no information about the wrestler’s past relationships.
About Roman Reigns’ wife – Galina Joelle Becker
Galina Joelle Becker is the current wife of Roman Reigns. She is a fitness model, athlete, and social media personality. She was born on March 11, 1987, in Jacksonville, Florida, United States. She is 35 years old as of February 2023. Coming from a line of sporty people, Galina was born to her parents Mr Kevin and Mrs Mildred, alongside her two sisters, Molisa Cooper, and Undine Becker. She is of Afro-American ethnicity.
At school, Galina Becker was the best at hurdles and jump competitions and became the Most Valuable Performer on her school team. After high school, Galina Becker proceeded to the Georgia Institute of Technology to study Management, while she continued to nurture her unique sporting skills.
She finished with an outdoor season-best time of 14.92 during a 100-meter high hurdle, which was quite encouraging. She went ahead to record a season-best time of 12.76 in a 100-meter dash. After college, instead of pursuing a career in management which she studied, Becker became a fitness model.
About Roman Reigns’ marriage to Galina Joelle Becker
Roman Reigns and Galina Joelle Becker met in early 2005 at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where they were both majoring in management at the time. They had an instant connection and quickly became friends and later started dating. Three years after their meeting, the couple had their first child Joelle Anoa’i in June 2008.
They got engaged on February 26, 2012, and in December 2014, the couple officially tied the knot. They got married on Castaway Cay, a Disney-owned island in the Bahamas. In 2016, the couple announced a set of twin boys followed by another set of twins in 2020. Roman Reigns has always opened up about how he prioritizes his time with his wife and kids over his career.
On the “WWE After The Bell podcast” with Corey Graves in 2020, the wrestler explained how he had to put his family first at a time when not much was known about the coronavirus disease.
For me, it was about putting my family first. And right there, if I had to retire and that’s what was gonna be asked of me, I was willing to do it. For one of the first times in a long time, I put my family-they were 1A. There was nothing that was gonna change my mind. I needed to go away and wait ’til we were in a place of better understanding of the process and knowing exactly what this virus has done and how it’s affected, everybody.
Roman Reigns’ children
As of the time of publishing this article (February 2023), Roman Reigns is the father of five children. Roman Reigns’ kids include his first daughter named Joelle Anoa’i and his two sets of twins whose names are yet to be disclosed.
According to reports, Reigns and his wife are notoriously secretive when it comes to their kids. They are yet to reveal the names of their twin sons.
About Joelle Anoa’i – Roman Reigns’ daughter
Joelle Anoa’i is the first child of Roman Reigns and his wife Galina Joelle Becker. She was born on December 14, 2008, in Tampa, Florida, United States. She is 14 years old as of February 2023. Joelle and her dad are said to have a very close relationship. On several occasions, she has followed him to his wrestling matches. In 2014, both father and daughter were featured in a public service announcement.
The public service announcement was part of a series of commercials that featured fathers with their kids. In the commercial, Reigns and his daughter had a tea party together. Later, he shared some behind-the-scenes footage on their YouTube channel and spoke about the importance and privilege of being a father.
As a man, to be a successful father, that’s everything to me. If you’re having a bad day as an individual, wipe your schedule clean and have daddy-daughter time. That’s the type of stuff that helps me out and levels me out. If I just hear her little voice, I’m good to go.
Roman Reigns’ net worth
Roman Reigns has an estimated net worth of about $85 million as of 2023. Reigns is often cited as one of the richest WWE wrestlers of his age and time. He is reportedly paid around $5 million per game season by WWE.
About Roman Reigns and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s relationship
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is an American actor and former professional wrestler. He was born on May 2, 1972, in Hayward, California, United States. He is 50 years old as of February 2023.
According to reports, Reigns and Dwayne Johnson both belong to the Anoa’i clan. While both wrestlers are not blood-related, they refer to each other as cousins.
The story goes that way back, Roman Reigns’ grandfather, Amituana’i Anoa’i took in Peter Mavia, Dwayne Johnson’s maternal grandfather as part of the Anoa’i tribe and embraced him as his brother. Since that day, Mavia became the uncle of Sika, the father of Roman Reigns. Because of this association, the progeny of Peter Mavia became a part of the family tree of the Anoa’i clan.
The inclusion of Peter Mavia into the Anoa’i tribe makes Dwayne Johnson and Roman Reigns cousins despite not being biologically related. However, Dwayne Johnson’s father, Rocky Johnson was a Black Canadian, and Roman Reigns’ mother, Patricia A. Anoa’i is a white Italian. Rosey is the biological older brother of Roman Reigns.
Yokozuna and Umaga are Reigns’ first cousins too. The Usos brothers and Nia Jax are also cousins of Roman Reigns.