Leati Joseph “Joe” Anoaʻi, better known by the ring name of Roman Reigns turns 35 years old on May 25, 2020. Roman Reigns is also sometimes called ‘The Big Dog’. He is currently signed to WWE where he wrestles under SmackDown brand. Roman Reigns was signed by WWE in 2010, reporting to their developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW). ‘The Big Dog’ made his main roster debut in November 2012 alongside Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins asThe Shield. The trio teamed together until June 2014, after which Reigns entered singles competition.
Reigns is a four-time world champion in WWE, having held the WWE Championship three times and the Universal Championship once. He is also a one-time United States Champion, a one-time Intercontinental Champion, a one-time WWE Tag Team Champion (with Rollins), the 2015 Royal Rumble winner, and the 2014 Superstar of the Year. He tied the WWE record for most eliminations in a Survivor Series match with four in the 2013 event and also previously held the record for most eliminations in a Royal Rumble match with 12 in the 2014 event. Upon winning the Intercontinental Championship, he became the twenty-eighth Triple Crown Champion and the seventeenth Grand Slam Champion. Additionally, Reigns was ranked number one in Pro Wrestling Illustrated PWI 500 list of the top 500 singles wrestlers in 2016.
Reigns has headlined numerous WWE pay-per-view events, including four straight WrestleManias (31, 32, 33 and 34)
However, in October 2018, a big turnaround came in Reigns career where he revealed that about his suffering from leukaemia. Adding an insult to the injury he also had to surrender his Universal Championship belt that time, it was indeed a big blow for his fans at that moment. However, ‘The Big Dog’ fought like a warrior and made a return to Monday Night Raw on Feb 25, 2019, where he announced that his leukaemia is in remission.
On the occasion of Roman Reigns birthday, here’s look at five biggest wins of ‘The Big Dog’ in WWE.
1. Roman Reigns Victory at Royal Rumble 2015
Roman Reign overcame Rusev, Big Show, Kane and other wrestlers at Royal Rumble 2015 to seal WrestleMania spot against Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 31. He received little help from his cousin Dwayne Johnson ‘The Rock’ in that match.
2. Roman Reigns vs Triple H, WrestleMania 32
Roman Reigns became the world champion for the third time in his career by defeating Triple H at the grandest stage of WWE. ‘The Big Dog’ impressed fans in this match by his superb wrestling.
3. Roman Reigns vs John Cena, No Mercy 2017
This match was fought to determine the face of the company. The single contest between Roman Reigns and John Cena at No Mercy 2017 was no less than a WrestleMania main event contest. Reigns kicked out at Cena’s attitude adjustment and gave him a spear to win the match and become the new face of WWE.
4. Roman Reigns vs The Undertaker, WrestleMania 33
This was Roman Reigns career’s best match as he emerged victorious against The Undertaker at WrestleMania. ‘The Big Dog’ became the second wrestler after Brock Lesnar to defeat Undertaker at the flagship event of WWE.
5. Roman Reigns vs Brock Lesnar, SummerSlam 2018
This was the rematch of WrestleMania 33, after failing to gain victory against Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania that year. ‘The Big Dog’ finally had the upper hand over Lesnar at SummerSlam 2018 as he became the Universal Champion for the first time by defeating ‘The Beast Incarnate’.
Roman Reigns was supposed to fight Goldberg at WrestleMania 36 for WWE Universal Championship, however, he was replaced by Braun Strowman in the end. ‘The Big Dog’ name was withdrawn due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic situation. As a cancer survivor, Roman Reigns is considered immunocompromised, therefore it is very necessary for him to take special care during this coronavirus time. We wish Roman Reigns a very Happy Birthday, may the wrestler continue entertaining us with more exciting matches in coming years.