Leati Joseph "Joe" Anoaʻi (born May 25, 1985) is an American professional wrestler, former professional Canadian football player, and a member of the Anoaʻi family. He is signed to WWE, where he performs under the Raw brand under the ring name Roman Reigns.
After playing collegiate football for Georgia Tech, Anoaʻi started his professional football career with brief off-season stints with the Minnesota Vikings and Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League (NFL) in 2007. He then played a full season for the Canadian Football League's (CFL) Edmonton Eskimos in 2008 before his release and retirement from football.
Anoaʻi then pursued a career in professional wrestling and was signed by WWE in 2010, reporting to their developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW). As Roman Reigns, he made his main roster debut in November 2012 alongside Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins as The Shield. The trio teamed together until June 2014, after which Reigns entered singles competition. Reigns is a former WWE Champion and a three-time WWE Tag Team Champion, once with Rollins, Randy Orton and Dean Ambrose as part of The Empire of Pain. He has also won the 2015 Royal Rumble and the 2014 Superstar of the Year. He also tied the WWE record for most eliminations in a Survivor Series elimination match with four in the 2013 event. At the 2014 Royal Rumble has joined James Harrison, Kane and Stone Cold Steve Austin as one of only four people to eliminate at least 10 people from a single rumble eliminating 12.
Reigns has headlined multiple WWE pay-per-view events including WrestleMania 31 and 32, with WWE intending him to be a top star. However, Reigns' ascendancy as a world title-chasing heroic underdog has been marked by critics' disapproval and overwhelmingly negative crowd reactions; he was consequently named 2016's Most Hated Wrestler of the Year by Pro Wrestling Illustrated, becoming the first babyface wrestler to have been recognized as such.
Checkmate (spinning bulldog) (2010–2011)
Moment of Silence (FCW) (belly-to-back side slam) (NXT) – used as a signature move in WWE
Drive By (running front dropkick from the floor to the head of an opponent draped over the bottom rope) – adopted from James Harrison
Multiple corner clotheslines
Niagara Bomb (sitout crucifix powerbomb)
Roll-up lifted into a sitout powerbomb
Superman punch, with theatrics – adopted from James Harrison
"The Big Dog"
"The Enforcer/Muscle of The Shield
"Special Op" by Jim Johnston (November 18, 2012 – June 2, 2014; used while a part of The Shield)
"The Truth Reigns" by Jim Johnston (June 16, 2014–present)
Championships and Accomplishments
National Collegiate Athletic Association
First-team All-ACC (2006)
Florida Championship Wrestling
FCW Florida Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Mike Dalton