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Leati Joseph “Joe” Anoaʻi (born May 25, 1985) is an American professional wrestler and a retired defensive tackle in Canadian football. Anoaʻi is signed to WWE, where he performs under the ring name Roman Reigns.
Anoaʻi initially forged a career in professional football, having played the sport since high school. He had brief off-season stints with the Minnesota Vikings and Jacksonville Jaguars in 2007. Anoa’i then turned to the Canadian Football League’s Edmonton Eskimos in 2008, playing a season 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 and later NXT. Reigns made his main roster debut in 2012 together with Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose as part of The Shield. While part of the trio, Reigns was a one-time WWE Tag Team Champion with Rollins. He also equaled the record for most eliminations in a Survivor Series elimination match with four in the 2013 match, and set the record for most eliminations in a Royal Rumble match with 12 at the 2014 match. After moving into singles competition in 2014, Reigns won the 2014 Superstar of the Year Slammy Award and the 2015 Royal Rumble match. He has headlined multiple pay-per-view events for WWE, including WrestleMania 31.