Today is the official commemoration of Roman Reigns’ thousandth day as the Universal Champion. The monumental achievement was acknowledged by the official WWE Twitter account, paying tribute to the remarkable milestone and recognizing Reigns as the formidable “Tribal Chief.” Reigns’ extraordinary reign with the championship commenced in August 2020, when he emerged victorious in a triple threat match against Braun Strowman and “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt.
In the world of sports entertainment, the name Roman Reigns speaks to millions of fans. Born Leati Joseph Anoai on May 25, 1985, Reigns comes from an illustrious wrestling dynasty. As a member of the legendary Anoa’i clan, which includes such celebrities as Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Yokozuna, Reigns’ entry into the wrestling industry was almost fated
Early Life and Career
Table of Contents
- Early Life and Career
- Early Years
- Wrestling Beginnings
- Rise to Prominence in WWE
- The Shield Faction
- Singles Competition
- The Roman Reigns Character
- The Big Dog
- In-Ring Style and Signature Moves
- Championship Reigns and Accomplishments
- WWE World Heavyweight Champion
- Universal Champion
- Personal Battles and Comeback
- Leukemia Diagnosis
- Return to the Ring
Growing up in Pensacola, Florida, Raines excelled in various sports, especially football. He played college football at Georgia Tech, where he showcased his athleticism on defense. Following his college career, Raines spent brief stints with professional football teams such as the Minnesota Vikings and Jacksonville Jaguars.
Reigns’ path eventually led him to the world of professional wrestling, where he began his training at the legendary Wild Samoan Training Center. Reigns refined his abilities and cultivated the physicality that would define his wrestling style with the mentorship of his cousin, WWE Hall of Famer Afa Anoa’i, and his uncle, also a WWE Hall of Famer, Sika Anoa’i.
Rise to Prominence in WWE
The Shield Faction
In 2012, Roman Reigns debuted in WWE as a member of The Shield, a powerful team that also included Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins. The group quickly made an impact, wreaking havoc on the roster and asserting their dominance. With their unique black tactical gear and uncompromising attitude, The Shield became one of the most popular and influential factions in recent memory.
Following The Shield’s breakup in 2014, Reigns embarked on a singles career. Despite facing initial opposition from certain sections of the WWE Universe, Reigns has proven his worth with his consistently impressive performances in high-profile matches. His in-ring abilities, combined with his undeniable charisma, soon won over fans and critics alike.
The Roman Reigns Character
The Big Dog
As Reigns’ popularity soared, WWE crafted a character that aligned with his dominant persona. Dubbed the “Big Wolf,” Reigns had a fearless and resilient attitude, ready to take on any challenge that came his way. This character struck a chord with the audience, and established Reigns as a force to be reckoned with in the WWE.
In-Ring Style and Signature Moves
Reigns possess a powerful and hard-hitting in-ring style. His repertoire of moves includes the Spear, a devastating spear-like tackle, and the Superman Punch, a crowd-pleasing strike delivered with precision and impact. These signature maneuvers have become synonymous with Reigns’ character, adding to his allure inside the ring.
Championship Reigns and Accomplishments
WWE World Heavyweight Champion
Reigns’ ascension to the top of WWE ended with him capturing the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Throughout his career, he has repeatedly held the top title, cementing his position as one of the company’s top competitors. Reigns’ championship reigns have showcased his dominance and ability to perform at the highest level.
In addition to holding the reigning WWE World Heavyweight Championship, Reigns also holds the Universal Championship, which is WWE’s top title on the SmackDown brand. During his reign as Universal Champion he has defeated many formidable opponents, further solidifying his position as a major force in the boxing world.
Personal Battles and Comeback
In 2018, Roman Reigns shocked the world when he announced his battle with leukemia. The emotional revelation forced him to relinquish the Universal Championship and take a leave of absence from WWE to focus on his health. Reigns’ announcement touched the hearts of fans worldwide, who rallied behind him with overwhelming support and encouragement.
Return to the Ring
After an inspiring and successful battle against leukemia, Reigns made a triumphant return to WWE in 2019. His return was showered with love and appreciation from the WWE universe, solidifying his position as not only a wrestling star, but a symbol of resilience and hope.