Roman Reigns pursued a career in wrestling and was signed by WWE in July 2010, training in the development territory of Florida Championship Wrestling as a member of the stable known as The Shield. After the group disbanded in June 2014, Anoa'i began his single career, fighting for the WWE Championship right away.
In total, he has won the WWE World Heavyweight Championship three times, the Universal Championship twice and once each the Intercontinental Championship, the United States Championship and the Raw Tag Team Championship (with Seth Rollins), turning out to be the seventeenth wrestler in history to complete the Grand Slam (new format); he also won the 2015 edition of the royal rumble match, also setting the record for the highest number of eliminations for the time (12).
WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns recently appeared on ESPN First Take to promote his upcoming Hell in a Cell match against Jey Uso.
Roman Reigns on which wrestler he grew up idolizing
"Bret 'The Hitman' Hart," Roman Reigns said without any hesitation.
"There's just so much I respected about him. He was like a journeyman, a blue collared guy, a true pro wrestler who went out there and wrestled for 30 minutes every night. He just put a different dynamic on what the top looks like," added Reigns.
The 'Tribal Chief' spoke about why Hart's influence is evident in today's generation of wrestlers. "Unlike before when it was about guys like Ultimate Warrior, I like to think we have a little bit of everything nowadays.
We have the mesh of the character, the swagger, and also being able to go in there and put in 20-30 minutes of work like Bret used to do," said Reigns. The run Roman Reigns has been on since returning from his time off at the start of the global COVID-19 pandemic has seen some of the best storytelling of his career.
While the focus of his current story is a feud with cousin Jey Uso, Reigns said that his focus is on the long term. "For me, I think I just look at it on a different level now," Reigns said. "This Friday is going to be a chance to show why I'm on a different level than everybody else.
It's not just talk, it's not just chatter, it's not just people making comments on the internet. Everything I do within that ring and everything I do on Friday and Sunday nights is on a different level than everybody else.
That's why they're not talking about Raw. They're all talking about SmackDown and what we do. We lead the charge at this point."