Reigns Reigns – Champion in the House

Roman Reigns is one of the top wrestlers of the WWE. Not only is he a very successful professional wrestler, and an actor, but he’s also a former professional football player, both in the NFL and CFL.

Born on May 25, 1985, in Pensacola, Florida, Reigns is a member of the Anoa’i family, a renowned Samoan American wrestling dynasty, which includes WWE Hall of Famers like his father, Sika Anoa’i of The Wild Samoans, and his cousin, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

Reigns is a big guy, too, standing at 6 feet 3 inches (1.91 meters) tall, and weighing approximately 265 pounds (120 kilograms). His imposing physical presence and athletic build have been significant assets to his professional careers on the field and in the ring, contributing to his performance on the field and his persona as a dominant and powerful competitor in WWE. Add a dash of charisma and a talent for whipping up the energy of a crowd, and he really does reign in the arena.

Football Foundations

Before his wrestling career, Reigns played college football at Georgia Institute of Technology, where he was a standout player. After college, he pursued a career in professional football and had brief stints with the Minnesota Vikings and Jacksonville Jaguars of the NFL, as well as the Edmonton Eskimos in the Canadian Football League.

Reigns played defensive tackle, which demands a lot of a player: Large size for taking out a running back or taking down a QB, protecting that line of scrimmage, and the presence of mind to always stay alert for changes of play.

Football wasn’t his place to reach the very top though; that happened once he left the gridiron for the lights and drama of the wrestling ring.

Getting a Hold on Wrestling

Reigns signed with WWE in 2010 and began his career in the testing grounds of Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW) before transitioning to the big show of NXT. He made his main roster debut in 2012 as part of The Shield, a trio consisting of Reigns, Seth Rollins, and Dean Ambrose. The group quickly became one of the most dominant factions in WWE history.

The Shield made an immediate impact upon their debut at WWE’s Survivor Series, interfering in the main event. They quickly established themselves as a dominant force, known for using superior numbers and tactics to overwhelm their opponents. They worked seamlessly as a unit, showing a level of coordination and teamwork that was rare among factions.

Their unique attire, which consisted of tactical vests, cargo pants, and combat boots, gave them a paramilitary appearance, and their entrance through the crowd, rather than down the traditional entrance ramp, added to their renegade persona. The group was a real crowd pleaser.

Each member of The Shield achieved individual success within WWE too, capturing various championships. Together, they also held the WWE Tag Team Championship, with Reigns and Rollins holding the titles. In fact, each member went on to become a major star in WWE. Their eventual breakup in 2014 was a significant storyline, leading to solo careers for each member where they continued to be prominent figures in the wrestling world.

After The Shield disbanded, Reigns rapidly rose to prominence within WWE. He is a multi-time world champion, having won the WWE Championship and the Universal Championship several times over. Reigns is known for his powerful wrestling style, signature moves like the Spear and Superman Punch, and his catchphrase “Believe That.”

On Screen

Reigns is also involved in other media, having appeared in films and television shows, including a role in the 2019 movie “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw,” alongside his cousin, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. His persona, both in and out of the wrestling ring, has made him one of the most prominent figures in professional wrestling today.

Out of the Ring and Off Screen

When away from the ring, Roman Reigns is known as Joe Anoa’i. He is married to Galina Becker, and the couple has five children. Reigns is not only a family man but is also actively involved in charitable work.


In October 2018, Reigns publicly announced some bad news. He disclosed that he was battling leukemia, a condition he had first been diagnosed with in 2007 but which had been in remission until it resurfaced. That kind of news can break a person’s spirit and end an athletic career.


He took a tough thing and made the most of it though. His announcement brought widespread attention to the disease and humanized him beyond his wrestling persona. Reigns took a hiatus from wrestling to undergo treatment and successfully returned to WWE in February 2019, announcing that his leukemia was once again in remission.

His charity work includes efforts to further raise awareness and funds for leukemia research.

Hidden Gym

Reigns has an experience at Hidden Gym not shared by many people. When the time came for Wrestlemania, in Dallas (2022), he and his trainer, Neil Hill, needed a place to work out the day before the match. For security reasons, however, they couldn’t just amble into the gym and pump some iron. Special arrangements needed to be made.

We sent out an announcement stating that there was a plumbing emergency in the gym, and so we needed to close early that day. (A little white lie for security reasons.) Once the gym was empty, Reigns, Hill, and the security team came in and he did a private workout prior to the next day’s big event.

We’re happy to say that Reigns won Wrestlemania the next day, and we’re super proud to have played a small part in helping him do that.

Thanks to Dave Palumbo, Roman’s security team, and the Hidden Gym family for making that happen.

Reigns continues from one success to another, and we wish him all the best. We might even see him at the gym again sometime, and he’s certainly welcome any time.

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