Whether you like it or not, Roman Reigns is one of WWE’s top stars for a reason. As his music hits, a chorus of boos immediately ensue from all around the arena. He’s neither a good guy nor a bad guy. He’s The Guy.
Roman remains unfazed by the loud jeers. To him, it’s one against all. And quite frankly, he doesn’t give a damn whether you boo him or cheer him. He’s here to kick ass, win titles, and make millions. But how many millions exactly?
Roman Reigns Net Worth as of 2017: $3.3 Million
Obviously, Reigns has no issues paying the rent. He made $2 million in 2016 alone. He has main event three consecutive WrestleManias, and has won two. The Big Dog is a former three-time WWE World Champion. He’s also the only man besides Brock Lesnar to have defeated The Undertaker at WrestleMania, as Reigns annihilated The Dead Man on the 33rd edition of the spectacle. Roman has been on a warpath ever since day one in the WWE.
2007 – 2012
Roman Reigns’ real name is Leati Joesph Anoa’i. He was born into a wrestling destiny that produced names like The Rock, Rikishi, The Usos, The Wild Samoans, The Headshrinkers, and many more. But Roman didn’t start off his career in pro wrestling.
Way before Reigns stepped foot in a WWE ring, he was running around the football from high school all the way to the big leagues (in Canada). Yep, Roman couldn’t quite cut it in the NFL. He was signed by the Minnesota Vikings only to get canned during the first month on the job. A few months later, the Jacksonville Jaguars gave this future WrestleMania headliner a phone call. He stayed with the Jaguars less days than an average work week.
After only one season with the Edmonton Eskimos, Reigns put his football career behind him. The next stop would be the WWE, who signed the up-and-coming athlete to a contract on July 2010. He was sent down to FCW (later re-branded as NXT), where he made his pro debut under the name Roman Leakee. During his time in FCW, he won the FCW Florida Tag Team Championship with Mike Dalton. He also faced off against future Shield brethren Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins long before they made it big.
Reigns spent a couple years in development until the time was right for his call-up to the main roster. Who knew the type of impact he’d make in the WWE?
2012 – 2014
At the 2012 Survivor Series, The Shield officially made their official debut. They immediately interjected themselves into the main event, costing both John Cena and Ryback the WWE Championship. At WWE TLC 2012, they won their first pay per view match, defeating the likes of Kane, Daniel Bryan and Ryback in a tables, ladders, & chairs match. For almost two whole years, The Shield ruled the roost. Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, and Dean Ambrose were practically untouchable.
At Extreme Rules 2013, Roman received his first championship, alongside Seth Rollins. They defeated Team Hell No for the WWE Tag Team Championship. For almost five months, Reigns and Rollins dominated the tag team scene.
The Shield, as a trio, are undefeated at WrestleMania. No one could stop The Shield, except…someone from within The Shield. On a June 2014 episode of Monday Night Raw, Seth Rollins attacked both Reigns and Ambrose, effectively putting an end to the group.
2014 – Present
The Shield breaking up was a true blessing in disguise for Roman Reigns. Why’s that? It’s because WWE turned Reigns into a main event star right off the bat. Getting hit in the back with a steel chair really paid off for Roman (though, personally, I wouldn’t recommend it for anyone else). The Big Dog was booked in two consecutive pay per view matches for the WWE Championship. Roman was well on his way to the top.
Many fans weren’t too fond of Roman’s success. The 2015 Royal Rumble is a prime example of the audience’s displeasure towards Roman’s rise. Reigns won the Royal Rumble match that year, as fans pelted him with jeers. Not even The Rock could quit down this angry crowd.
Reigns’ next stop was the main event of WrestleMania 31, where he faced off against “The Beast Incarnate” Brock Lesnar and a sly opportunist in the form of Seth Rollins. Roman may have lost the match, but 2015 was still a great year for Reigns. He ended up winning the WWE Championship twice that year, in November against Dean Ambrose and then in December against Sheamus.
By the way, this guy is also a former WWE United States Champion, as he defeated “The Bulgarian Brute” Rusev at Clash of Champions 2016. That championship reign is just another notch in Roman’s belt.
A lot of fans may hate on Roman Reigns. But The Guy delivers. He’s main evented three consecutive WrestleManias. At WrestleMania 32, he ran threw “The Game” Triple H to win his third world championship. And at WrestleMania 33, he defeated The Undertaker, in quite possibly The Deadman’s last match. Despite what any hater may say, I believe that Reigns has earned his keep in the main event scene. And what can only image what fortune the future holds for the juggernaut of WWE.