The next extension of Samoan talent is ready to be unleashed in WWE, and it’s a good one.
Florida Championship Wrestling, the feeder group to WWE, is developing Roman Reigns (formerly Leakee), the son of WWE Hall of Famer Wild Samoan Sika. He continues a stellar tradition that started with WWE Hall of Famer High Chief Peter Maivia.
It is one of the greatest, if not greatest, wrestling family trees in history. The Harts also come to mind.
Reigns’ uncle is Afa the Wild Samoan. His older brother is former WWE superstar Rosey (3-Minute Warning/Super Hero In Training). His cousins include Rikishi, Tama (Islanders), Umaga and Yokozuna. The family also includes L.A. Smooth, Manu, Samu, The Usos, Jimmy Superfly Snuka, Tamina, Rocky Johnson and The Rock.
Tama’s tag team partner in the Islanders was Haku, whose son, Camacho, is in WWE. Tamina and The Usos are also on the WWE roster. That’s where Reigns hopes to be in the near future.
Camacho was a defensive end for the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). Manu was a defensive lineman for the University of Connecticut. The Rock was a defensive tackle for the University of Miami. Reigns, born Leati Joseph Anoa’i, starred at defensive tackle for Georgia Tech where he was named captain and made All-ACC first team.
Reigns enjoyed competing against Auburn.
Following his college career, Reigns spent some time with the Minnesota Vikings, Jacksonville Jaguars and the CFL’s Edmonton Eskimos, before hanging up his helmet and opting into the family business, which he believed would happen someday.
Trained by uncle Afa and father Sika, he inked a developmental deal with WWE in 2010 and journeyed to Tampa, home of FCW where he receives seasoning, the WWE way, from Dusty Rhodes, Steve Keirn, Ricky Steamboat, Norman Smiley, Bill DeMott, Joey Mercury and more. Tampa is south of Pensacola, where he excelled in football at Escambia High School in Northwest Florida.
The 6-foot-3, 250-pound talent is aggressive, athletic and strong with a good look. A family man, this 27-year-old is providing for his fiancée and daughter. He respects others and is proud of his family heritage.
The Wild Samoans, Rocky Johnson and Yokozuna are also members of the WWE Hall of Fame.
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• FCW, featuring the superstars and divas from WWE NXT, returns to the Havert L. Fenn Center, 2000 Virginia Ave., on Friday, Sept. 14 in Fort Pierce.
WWE Hall of Famer and Florida legend The American Dream Dusty Rhodes along with his son, current WWE superstar Cody Rhodes, will appear at a meet-n-greet before the show.
Eight matches also highlight the event. Autograph session at 6:30 p.m.. Bell time 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: General Admission adults $20 / kids $10. Golden Ringside Reserved adults $25 / kids $15.
Ticket Outlets: Buddy’s Home Furnishing at 2018 S US Hwy 1, Fort Pierce (772-489-7667).
FCW, based in Tampa, is the developmental group for WWE.
WWE superstars and divas who developed in FCW include Dolph Ziggler, Alberto Del Rio, Kofi Kingston, Ted DiBiase, Jack Swagger, Primo Colon, Ezekiel Jackson, Evan Bourne, Sheamus, Tyler Reks, Alicia Fox, Drew McIntyre, Tyson Kidd, Natalya, Hunico, Derrick Bateman and more.