Lloyd Anoa’i – ‘I Never Thought Roman Reigns Would Go Into Wrestling’


Roman Reigns is unquestionably WWE’s biggest Superstar today, but one member of his family once believed the Tribal Chief would never become a wrestler.

Reigns recently surpassed three years as WWE Universal Champion with his reign seeing him dispatch of Brock Lesnar, John Cena, Cody Rhodes, and Drew McIntyre, among others.


Speaking on a recent edition of the “WrestleBinge” podcast, Lloyd Anoa’i, who once competed for WWE and ECW, stated that Reigns hardly seemed interested in getting into the business at first. He said,

“He’s always been quiet. Ever since he was younger, Roman’s been quiet. He was always to himself. Him and the twins [The Usos], they were inseparable. They were always hanging out because they all lived in Pensacola, Florida, together.

“So they were around each other every day. Joe [Reigns] was… I’ve never seen him, really, to be honest with you, I never thought he’d get into the wrestling business because he never looked that way. He never focused on it. He wasn’t really interested in it.

“After college, when he got drafted to the NFL, I was like, ‘Alright, here we go.’ Then, of course, everything happened with the sickness he had, and he couldn’t pass the test for the NFL, and things happened. So then his next step was, why not get into wrestling? It’s only natural.” 

Reigns hasn’t competed since WWE SummerSlam in August and is being advertised for next month’s WWE Crown Jewel pay-per-view event in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

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