Bengaluru, Sep 2: Fans may not like the Samoan superstar but that does not stop him from claiming his wrestling fame and what he has accomplished in the past couple of years.
Roman Reigns has now topped the 26th annual list of 500 wrestlers conducted by Pro-Wrestling Illustrated magazine which is an absolute honor to any wrestling personality.
This is what PWI publisher Stu Saks had to say over their choice: "Our cover headline comes right out and states it: 'Half of You Will Hate This! Roman Reigns Is No. 1.' Reigns is certainly not the sexy choice, but based on what he accomplished during the time frame for evaluation, we think he's the right choice.”
Reigns himself posted the below on his Twitter account appreciating the honor followed with the quotes:
"Thank you, man. It's crazy. Last year, was I what, three or four? To just remain in that same company, to be in that class with those guys, it's world class," he said. "It's a great honor and it goes with a lot of hard work. It's very flattering. It just shows that if you keep your head down and stick to your day-to-day, you grind it out and take the long road, good things happen. It's a great achievement and another great accolade."
Leati Joseph “Joe” Anoa’i is Roman Reigns’ real name who is a cousin to the one of the greatest WWE champion of all time, The Rock. Reigns started with WWE’s developmental territory of Florida Championship wrestling in 2010 now known as NXT.
He’s been part of the brand for sometimes before debuting in the main roster as part of the Shield in the year 2012. After the group broke up Reigns established himself s one of the most top competitors in all of the Sports Entertainment.
In the last two years, he main event-ed two consecutive Wrestlemanias and became a three-time WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
While Vince McMahon wanted him to cement as the next cornerstone of the company, the decision received negative reactions from the WWE Universe as they showered him with constant boos. Hence, now he is supposed to feature in the mid-card level for sometimes.