The Shield’s Bruiser
Leati Joseph "Joe" Anoa'i
Leakee, Roman Reigns
May 25th 1985
: Roman Reigns is a former football player turned professional wrestler. He is currently signed to World Wrestling Entertainment where he competes as Roman Reigns. Leati previously performed in FCW before the switch to NXT. After FCW switched to NXT, Leati competed as Leakee in a match against CJ Parker, defeating the charismatic superstar. Leati would then make his main roster debut in WWE at Survivor Series 2012 with Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose. Shortly there after, Leati formed The Shield with Rollins and Ambrose. Read More
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Posted by Candice on August 18th, 2014, Filed in WWE.com
Rise of Roman’s Empire
Does WWE have a new “apex predator”? After Roman Reigns’ incredible victory over Randy Orton at SummerSlam, it seems as though the powerhouse is destined for championship glory in the near future. However, it’s equally likely that The Viper has some unfinished business with Reigns. As Orton reels following his SummerSlam defeat, expect some serious backlash against Reigns or whoever else gets in his way.
Posted by Candice on August 18th, 2014, Filed in WWE Results
Roman Reigns defeated Randy Orton
Roman Reigns brought the sold-out STAPLES Center to its feet at SummerSlam, defanging The Viper Randy Orton with a thunderous Spear. Orton came to WWE Network’s pay-per-view looking for retribution, feeling that Reigns had cost him an opportunity at the WWE World Heavyweight Title several weeks ago. For his part, Reigns was stepping through the ropes looking for one thing: respect.
Regardless of their respective motives, the red-hot rivalry between two of WWE’s most ruthless grapplers was destined to leave scorched earth from the opening bell. While Reigns opened the match with an aggressive offensive, the 12-time World Champion would fire back in a hurry, lighting the fuse on an absolutely explosive assault that was highlighted by an earth-shattering Superplex.
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Posted by Candice on July 1st, 2014, Filed in Interviews
WWE World Heavyweight Championship Fatal 4-Way Match
One night after triumphing in a brutal Ladder Match with the WWE World Heavyweight Championship hanging in the balance, John Cena came face-to-face with Authority. And he paid the price. Because The Champ refused to acquiesce to Triple H’s demands to fall in line, at WWE Battleground on July 20, Cena will defend his WWE World Heavyweight Championship against Randy Orton, Kane and Roman Reigns in a Fatal 4-Way Match.
It’s a particularly unfair stipulation for the entering titleholder, as he can theoretically lose the match without ever being pinned. And the competition Cena will face doesn’t get any stiffer than The Viper (no stranger to the World Title), the demon (The Authority’s unofficial muscle) and Roman Reigns (the fastest-rising Superstar in all of WWE). But Cena is used to having the odds stacked against him, and there’s no doubt The Champ will come out swinging as he’s always done.
Find out who will emerge from the Fatal 4-Way with titles in tow when WWE Battleground airs live on WWE Network and pay-per-view on Sunday, July 20, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
Posted by Candice on July 1st, 2014, Filed in WWE Results
John Cena def. Randy Orton, Bray Wyatt, Roman Reigns, Cesaro, U.S. Champion Sheamus, Kane and Alberto Del Rio to become the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion
The Champ is … well, you know.
With the wreckage of Cesaro, Bray Wyatt, Roman Reigns, Alberto Del Rio, Sheamus, Kane and a bloody Randy Orton surrounding him, John Cena scaled the rungs and notched the latest and potentially greatest of his historic victories to claim the vacant WWE World Heavyweight Championship in the first-ever Ladder Match to put the unified title up for grabs.
Sheamus became the first man to lay hands on the two titles, although Kane quickly cleared the way for Orton to make a run up the rungs. Roman Reigns quickly answered, knocking Orton off his perch from halfway up the ladder. Adding insult to injury, The Apex Predator caught a blow to the head on the way down, rendering him bloody on the outside. The King of Swing proved himself worthy of Paul Heyman’s representation by horizontally threading a ladder from the turnbuckle through the rungs of a vertical one (Swiss engineering at its finest) to create a steel-frame, house-like structure upon which he once again grappled over the titles with the resilient Sheamus. To which, of course, Roman Reigns saw only one solution: Tip the whole thing over.
With the house of ladders literally teetering on the brink of collapse, Cesaro and Sheamus traded blows within reach of the titles until Cena literally righted the ship … at which point Kane, once again, took out all opposition. Reigns unleashed his biggest effort at this point, hurling his body beneath the rungs to Spear Kane in two – so much for superstition – and summarily cleaning house, Spearing and Superman punching everything in sight … except for John Cena, who found himself face-to-face with Reigns in an empty ring and a roaring WWE Universe foaming for the fight.
The first face-off between the present and future standard-bearers of WWE ended in a decisive advantage for Reigns, who broke free of the Attitude Adjustment and ricocheted off the ropes seamlessly into a Spear. Roman’s seemingly preordained destiny to climb the ladder was delayed once again, however, by Orton, who wrenched the big dog off the rungs into a backbreaker. The Apex Predator ascended the ladder once again and Reigns made his final play to cut his budding rival off at the pass. For a moment, it seemed like the former WWE Tag Team Champion had made good on his promise to become the Champion of Champions when he knocked The Viper off the ladder, but Kane yet again proved himself worthy of The Authority’s trust when he removed Reigns from the equation with a Chokeslam.
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Posted by Candice on June 28th, 2014, Filed in WWE Results
Roman Reigns def. Kane by Disqualification
Roman Reigns and Kane provided a preview of this Sunday’s WWE World Heavyweight Championship Ladder Match in an explosive SmackDown main event. The black-vested Superstar looked to be on the verge of victory after a Superman Punch to the jaw of Demon Kane, only to have Randy Orton arrive and interrupt the bout.
Another Superman Punch helped Reigns escape the stranglehold of The Viper, but the determined Superstar couldn’t avoid a hellacious Chokeslam from The Devil’s Favorite Demon. Despite a moment of uncertainty as the masked Demon brought a ladder into the ring, the 7-footer and first WWE World Heavyweight Champion appeared to be on the same page. That page, however, was quickly torn by Reigns as he speared both sinister Superstars in an explosive Friday night finish.
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Posted by Candice on June 8th, 2014, Filed in WWE.com
Will Ambrose & Reigns attain retribution?
Less than 24 hours after putting his body and career on the line in a hellacious six-man battle against Evolution at WWE Payback — a clash The Shield won decisively, by the way — Seth Rollins and a few well-timed steel chair strikes obliterated one of the most dominant factions in all of sports-entertainment history.
Those hoping for some sort of explanation from The Architect himself were left disappointed on SmackDown, when Rollins told the WWE Universe that the only person who needs to know why he turned his back on his brothers is himself.
As Triple H said in his exclusive WWE.com interview on Wednesday, the calculating Rollins was long considered the “brains” of The Shield, so how will Dean Ambrose & Roman Reigns fare without him? We’ll hopefully get an answer to that question from the remaining Hounds of Justice when they appear on this week’s Raw.
Posted by Candice on May 22nd, 2014, Filed in WWE.com
“Joey can make a bad match good, a good match great and a great match classic,” Ambrose said. “You would come to the back and think you had an awesome match, and he would be like, ‘Well, that was OK, you worked hard, but let me tell you how it could have been better.’”
Mercury formed a close bond with the three members of The Shield in NXT, which continued as The Hounds of Justice joined the main roster and Mercury became a producer on the road.
“He’s like a fourth member,” Roman Reigns said. “Any time Joey’s around, it could be a five-star match, but he’ll nitpick us. That’s what makes us better. He keeps us honest.”
“He’s definitely a hero to us,” Ambrose added. “At this point, if he tells me a way to do something, I do it that way first, because he’s right 99 percent of the time.”
After all that Mercury has been through, it’s easy to forget that he’s not even 35 yet. His combination of youth and experience makes him a valuable asset to WWE.
“He brings an old man’s wisdom and a young man’s vibrance,” Heyman said.
Though many grapplers his age are still battling in the trenches, those closest to Mercury don’t think he’s itching to get back in the ring any time soon.
“I think he’s found peace,” Rollins said. “He once told me that he’s never had a feeling in the ring by himself that compares to the feeling he gets [working with Superstars].”
Joey Mercury echoes Rollins’ sentiment. “I look at them like they’re my babies,” he said. “I have a lot of children out there. To see them grow up and make it to what they’ve been working for and tear the house down, that’s really rewarding.”
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Posted by Candice on May 22nd, 2014, Filed in WWE Results
Seth Rollins def. Batista via Disqualifiction
Nothing like a good loophole to even the odds: With only official personnel allowed at ringside for Seth Rollins’ rematch with Batista, Triple H exploited a technicality by installing himself and Randy Orton as special guest ring announcer and timekeeper for the contest … and Rollins countered by naming Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns as special guest commentators.
A brutish trip into the steel steps grounded Rollins for a long stretch and Batista capitalized, unleashing an elbow that sent the former WWE Tag Team Champion into a full flip. “The Aerialist” quickly took flight after being muscled into his enemies’ corner, forcing Evolution to interfere and kick off an all-out melee between the two factions that ended in a DQ win for Rollins when The Game clobbered him with a forearm. With the match over, The Shield was free to pounce on their foes, though Evolution was able to save face by rescuing Batista from a Triple Powerbomb.
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After toppling Evolution in a wild brawl that had a raucous capacity crowd shouting “This is awesome!” at Extreme Rules, The Shield will have another opportunity to prove themselves when they meet Triple H, Randy Orton & Batista at WWE Payback in a massive rematch.
Since their watershed victory over Evolution, Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose have found themselves placed into one disadvantageous situation after another. On the May 5 edition of Raw, then-U.S. Champion Ambrose lost the champion’s advantage when Triple H forced him to defend the title in a 20-Superstar Battle Royal. Sheamus eventually won, ending The Lunatic Fringe’s 351-day title reign. Later that same night, Evolution dealt The Shield a brutal beatdown following The Hounds of Justice’s intense match against The Wyatt Family.
Triple H says Evolution, unlike their opponents, knows what it takes to win a war. Will the terrorizing triumvirate of The King of Kings, The Viper and The Animal defeat in detail and employ a divide-and-conquer strategy to upend The Hounds of Justice? Or will The Shield beat Evolution at their own game, scoring payback for Evolution’s sneak attacks and Triple H’s heavy-handed authority?
See what happens when natural selection takes place before our eyes at WWE Payback on Sunday, June 1, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, live on WWE Network and pay-per-view.