Joe Anoa’i is a name that certainly holds its own place in Georgia Tech football history. A first team All-ACC defensive tackle as a senior, Anoa’i piled up 12 sacks and 29.5 tackles for loss on the flats from 2003-06.
In addition, Anoa’i was one of the anchors on a Yellow Jackets defensive unit that ranked in the top-30 nationally in every major defensive category from 2004-06, a three-year period in which he missed just one start.
The name Anoa’i is also extremely well known in another athletic circle; the squared circle to be exact. To say that the family is entrenched in the annals of World Wrestling Entertainment history would be an understatement. See here for yourself.
That’s right, even Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is a blood member of this legacy and distant cousin of former Georgia Tech gridiron star Joe Anoa’i aka Roman Reigns.
Known better by his in-ring moniker to the public arena, Reigns debuted in WWE back in November of 2012 at the annual Survivor Series pay-per-view. Though his professional football career was short lived, he has made quite an impact in the wrestling world over the past couple of years.
Be it as a member of the now defunct faction known as The Shield, a tag-team champion or 2015 Royal Rumble winner, Reigns has certainly carved out a path to stardom in the WWE.
Fans can catch him in action on WWE RAW every Monday night at 8:00 PM EST on the USA network or on Syfy every Thursday evening at 8:00 PM EST. Also, be sure to check out this month’s Fastlane pay-per-view on February 22, in which Reigns is slated to matchup up with Daniel Bryan for the main event.
Given Anoa’i / Reigns’ connection to our beloved Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, YellowJackedUp will provide regular updates of all of his action, storylines and achievements in the WWE universe.