[92][93] He would enlist the help of Ambrose in order to take on the reformed Wyatt Family,[94] with the duo defeating Wyatt and Harper at SummerSlam on August 23. [42] On the May 13 episode of Raw, The Shield's undefeated streak in televised six-man tag team matches ended in a disqualification loss in an elimination tag team match against Cena, Kane and Bryan. [6] Anoaʻi was a three-year starter beginning in his sophomore year and was also one of the team captains as a senior. Reigns recently said to ESPN.com. [164] The following night on Raw, Reigns defeated The Miz for the Intercontinental Championship,[165] thus becoming the twenty-eighth Triple Crown and seventeenth Grand Slam champion, the second member of The Shield after Ambrose to achieve the Grand Slam. 1 contender to the Universal Title", "KELLER'S WWE RAW REPORT 6/19: Reigns announces what he wants at Summerslam, Hardys vs. Anderson & Gallows", "7/9 Powell's WWE Great Balls of Fire Live Review", "Universal Champion Brock Lesnar def. I trust my life with my co-workers every time I step foot in the ring, but I just can't put the same trust when it has my children, my wife and my family involved. [163] At the event on November 19, The Shield emerged victorious over The New Day. [75][76] Reigns returned on the December 8 episode of Raw, accepting a Slammy Award for "Superstar of the Year". [109] McMahon then forced Reigns to defend his title in the 2016 Royal Rumble match on January 24. For a half-decade, Reigns has been the guy, the ostensible hand-picked golden boy who main-evented WrestleMania four years in a row. After playing college 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. ", "WWE RAW Results – 1/4/16 (Reigns vs. Sheamus)", "WWE Fastlane 2016 live results: Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns vs. Dean Ambrose", "4/3 WrestleMania 32 PPV Results – Caldwell's Complete Live Report on Main PPV", "WWE World Heavyweight Champion Roman Reigns def. [199], During the 2019 WWE Superstar Shake-up, Reigns was drafted to the SmackDown brand on the April 16 episode of SmackDown, with WWE's announcers describing Reigns as "SmackDown’s greatest ever acquisition", as well as the future of SmackDown and WWE. [173] After defeating Bray Wyatt on the February 5 episode of Raw,[174] Reigns qualified for the Elimination Chamber match, which he won, earning the right to face Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship at WrestleMania 34. Later in 2011, Leakee formed a tag team with Donny Marlowand the pair unsuccessfully chall… [253], American professional wrestler, actor and gridiron football player, Controversial rise to main event status (2014–2015), WWE World Heavyweight Champion (2015–2016), Return from leukemia and COVID-related hiatus (2019–2020), with Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins as The Shield, WWE World Heavyweight Championship Tournament (2015), "With leukemia in remission, WWE's Roman Reigns announces return to ring", "Islanders put family first in wrestling business", "Former Eskimo finds new career in professional wrestling", "This weekend WWE will face its toughest opponent: The wrestling audience", "Roman's empire: Roman Reigns is the face of the WWE", "WWE WrestleMania 34: Ronda Rousey wins debut; Daniel Bryan returns; Brock Lesnar beats Roman Reigns in dud main event", "Roman Reigns the Football Player: From Branding His Own Bicep to All-ACC Lineman", "Mike Francesa with Roman Reigns 6 April 2019", "Former CFL Player wins Royal Rumble … Really he did!