January 16th, 2021
 "WrestleMania® Set for Tampa Bay in 2021; Dallas in 2022; Los Angeles in 2023 | BusinessWire"

STAMFORD, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–WWE® (NYSE: WWE) today announced upcoming host cities for its annual pop culture extravaganza, WrestleMania, from 2021-23.

  • Tampa Bay: WrestleMania 37 presented by SNICKERS, Saturday, April 10 and Sunday, April 11, 2021 at Raymond James Stadium.
  • Arlington/Dallas: WrestleMania 38, Sunday, April 3, 2022 at AT&T Stadium.
  • Inglewood/Los Angeles: WrestleMania 39, Sunday, April 2, 2023 at SoFi Stadium and Hollywood Park.

Click here to watch the official announcement made by John Cena®, Roman Reigns® with Paul Heyman®, Sasha Banks®, Stephanie McMahon® and Paul “Triple H®” Levesque.

“Florida is excited to welcome back WrestleMania to Tampa in April at Raymond James Stadium. Florida has continued to work with professional sports and entertainment to safely operate while generating revenue and protecting jobs. WrestleMania will bring tens of millions of dollars to the Tampa area and we look forward to hosting more sporting and entertainment events in Florida this year,” said Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

“The opportunity for Tampa Bay to host WrestleMania in April is, in true WWE fashion, the perfect comeback story and marks a clear indication that our beautiful city is poised to bounce back stronger than ever. We can’t wait to once again showcase all that team Tampa Bay has to offer,” added Tampa Mayor Jane Castor.

“We are elated for WrestleMania’s return to Arlington’s AT&T Stadium and look forward to building upon the success from 2016 when more than 101,000 fans were in attendance for WrestleMania 32,” said Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams.

“The City of Inglewood looks forward to the opportunity to host WrestleMania in 2023 and celebrates the deferral of this year’s event to Tampa Bay so they can have their rightful WrestleMania moment. Our time will come,” said Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts Jr.

“On behalf of everyone at WWE, we thank Governor DeSantis, Mayor Castor, Mayor Williams and Mayor Butts for their graciousness and flexibility in what was a collaborative effort to bring the next three WrestleManias to these iconic stadiums in their world-class cities,” said Vince McMahon, WWE Chairman & CEO.

In coordination with local partners and government officials, WWE will announce ticket availability and safety protocols for WrestleMania 37 in the coming weeks. Information on additional WrestleMania Week events is forthcoming. continue reading


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December 4th, 2020
 "Friday Night Smackdown Results 12/04/2020: The Bloodline vs Kevin Owens & Otis and the Aftermath!"
Friday Night Smackdown Results 12/04/2020: The Bloodline vs Kevin Owens & Otis and the Aftermath!

Orlando, Florida – Amway Center

Kayla Braxton is in the ring with a mic. She talks about tonight’s tag team main event and says her guest has agreed to this exclusive interview. She gives a grand introduction to WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns, and out he comes with Jey Uso and Paul Heyman.

Reigns stops on the stage and raises the title in the air as the pyro goes off. They head to the ring as fans boo. Cole and Graves hype Reigns and Uso vs. Kevin Owens and Otis for later tonight. Reigns tells Kayla if she’s got an announcement, she should do it right. He nods at Heyman, who leans over to Kayla’s mix and gives his own grand introduction for Reigns. Kayla apologizes. She brings up last week’s comments to Jey and mentions how he’s become a commanding figure here in The ThunderDome. She asks what happened last week. We go right to a video package with highlight from last week, including Reigns talking down to Jey in the ring, then Jey attacking Otis from behind with a steel chair, Owens stopping Uso from attacking Daniel Bryan in the back, Owens confronting Uso and Reigns in the back, and Reigns telling Uso to make Owens fear him ahead of their main event. We also see Uso attacking Owens with a chair in the match, and Owens turning it around, taunting Reigns while he watched from the back.

We come back and Kayla seems to annoy Reigns. She says this is the biggest thing she’s ever been a part of, the biggest thing in her career, and she has these stupid questions. He says they could’ve had Cole done this, but they let her talk to the Tribal Chief and she blows it. Kayla asks if Reigns is possibly using Jey as a pawn, manipulating him. Reigns says those are stupid words for stupid people. He means no disrespect but he’s not the kind of man to manipulate. He goes on with some praise for Uso, then mentions how they’ve given Kayla opportunities, even with Heyman helping her on Talking Smack, but she’s blowing it. Reigns tells Heyman to handle this amateur.

Heyman goes on about how Jey has helped with the ratings because Reigns has given him, given the family, opportunities. He goes on until the music interrupts and out comes Owens. Owens says it’s been established that they don’t fear each other and he sees no point in waiting until later tonight. He figured since Reigns didn’t come to him last week, he’d come to him now and they can settle it. Owens enters the ring but Jey stands up to him. Jey says they run this show and they accept. Owens says he wasn’t talking to the bus boy, he was talking to the head of the table. What do you say? If not now, let me think of… Owens has just the place. TLC. Owens says let’s not stop there, let’s get a table in there since Reigns is the head of the table. Let’s get a ladder and some chairs for a TLC match, Reigns can put the title on the line, and they can settle this like men. Or they can do it right now because that’s fine too. Owens taunts Reigns as fans cheer. Owens drops the mic and waits for a fight. continue reading


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September 30th, 2020
 "WWE’s Stephanie McMahon & Roman Reigns Fighting for Pediatric Cancer Cure: ‘Support Is So Crucial’ | People Magazine"

By Jason Duaine Hahn | September 30, 2020

“I really just try to stress that we’re all in this together, that they’re not alone, though it can sometimes feel that way — especially being in the hospital at a time like this,” Roman Reigns tells PEOPLE

Six years later, Stephanie McMahon still remembers the day Connor Michalek walked into her life. “We were backstage after the Royal Rumble in Pittsburgh, it was after the show and it’s not unusual for there to be a meet-and-greet,” McMahon, WWE’s Chief Brand Officer, tells PEOPLE of the January 2014 event. “There was this little boy standing there, and I could see from the back that he was sick because he was bald, had a scar running up the back of his neck, and a big lump on the front of his head.” McMahon soon found out that the 8-year-old boy, who had just watched his favorite WWE superstars duke it out in the ring, was in a fight of his own. Connor had medulloblastoma, a fast-growing tumor that affects the brain or spinal cord, and didn’t have long to live. “I couldn’t believe it,” McMahon recalls. “I looked over at this little boy who was shadowboxing, and I just kept thinking, ‘It can’t be right. The doctors have to be wrong.’ ”

After sharing “one of the best hugs that I’ve ever had” with him, McMahon went home and immediately began discussing ways to help Connor with her husband, Paul “Triple H” Levesque, WWE’s executive vice president of global talent strategy and development. A few months later, the company invited Connor to sit front row for WrestleMania 30, where he watched Daniel Bryan — a performer who became a fan favorite for his underdog status — win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in the main event. Following the match at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Bryan approached Connor after leaving the ring and thanked him for being an inspiration as the thousands in attendance looked on. Three weeks after the heartwarming moment, Connor tragically died. Each year, about 400 new patients — primarily children — are diagnosed with medulloblastoma in the United States, according to the American Brain Tumor Association. Treatment for the disease typically involves surgery to remove the tumor (if possible), followed by radiation and chemotherapy. How well a patient responds to these treatments is based on a variety of factors, such as their age at diagnosis, the size of the tumor, and if it has spread, and if the mass can be removed safely.

Shortly after, McMahon and Levesque established Connor’s Cure, a fund to support pediatric brain and spinal cord cancer research. McMahon says she felt the cause was vital after finding only four percent of government money is used on childhood cancer research.
To highlight Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September, WWE hosted the Superstar Challenge to invite fans to support the cause through donations, raising more than $13,000. Superstars themselves have also done their part by spending time with young cancer patients around the country over video during the coronavirus pandemic.
One superstar excited to participate was Roman Reigns, the current WWE Universal Champion, who was diagnosed with leukemia in his early 20s and again in 2018.

“I felt like, why is this happening? I’m healthy, I’m an athlete,” Reigns recalls of his initial diagnosis. “I was in the best years of my life, my prime as a young man and my girlfriend, who is now my wife, was pregnant with our first child. I had so much pressure and so much on my plate that it was hard for me to understand.” But Reigns says it was the strength he received from his faith and family that allowed him to get through the “mentally tough and emotionally draining” ordeal. That’s why he understands the importance of letting these young fans know they have his support. “I really just try to stress that we’re all in this together, that they’re not alone, though it can sometimes feel that way — especially being in the hospital at a time like this,” says Reigns, who also works with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. “By sharing my story, I think it’s a chance for them to see somebody who’s been through somewhat of a similar situation — someone who has been knocked down and had to pick themselves up — and reached victory on the other side.”

“I think it’s a positive thing for them to be able to see that type of outcome because, unfortunately, it’s not always the miracle, dream story, and that’s the hardest part,” he adds. “But I think it’s important that we do share the victories.”

Since its founding, WWE says Connor’s Cure has raised more than $3.5 million towards their efforts with assistance from Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation and the V Foundation. (Donations can be sent through their website.)

“When you see these kids, some of them two and three years old, fighting cancer, with all of these wires going in and out of their arms and what they have to endure, they need help. They really do,” McMahon says. “These kids and their families need as much help as they can possibly get.”

“If you’re in a position to be to help and to be able to provide that support,” Reigns adds, “you should absolutely pay it forward. I can tell you from real-life experience, that support is so crucial.”

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October 3rd, 2019
 "WWE® and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) Join Forces to Help Cancer Patients and Families"
WWE® and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) Join Forces to Help Cancer Patients and Families

Stamford, Conn. and Rye Brook, N.Y. (October 03, 2019) – WWE and WWE Superstar Roman Reigns are teaming up with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) in the fight against cancer. For Reigns, the cause is personal – he is in remission for the second time from chronic myeloid leukemia (CML). The new partnership with LLS, the world’s largest nonprofit fighting blood cancers, will propel the organization’s comprehensive effort to drive more research and deliver more assistance to cancer patients and families when they need it most, including those battling pediatric cancer.

“My own journey with leukemia inspires me to do whatever I can to help young cancer patients. I know how tough it is to deal with cancer and I want to show people that even someone like me can be knocked down, but with the right treatment and support, we can get back up to fight another day,” said Reigns. “That’s why I’m so honored that WWE and I are helping The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society spread the word about the great work LLS is doing to find new and better treatments for kids and provide financial assistance to families struggling with a cancer diagnosis.”

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August 23rd, 2019
 "Roman Reigns WWE2K20 Tower Features"

The Big Dog is on the cover of WWE 2K20, and now, the WWE Universe can relive his biggest moments in the latest edition of WWE’s annual video game series, too.

Now in its sophomore year for the franchise, WWE 2K20’s 2K Towers invites players to take a WWE Superstar or created MyPLAYER into one of several towers, each with a unique gauntlet of matches that boast different challenges, match stipulations and player modifications.

WWE 2K20 will shine a spotlight on Roman Reigns, who shares the game cover with Becky Lynch. In 2K Towers: Roman’s Reign, players will follow The Big Dog through his early days in WWE — including his time as a member of The Shield — to his rivalries with Brock Lesnar, John Cena, The Undertaker and more. Players will compete in 16 matches and live out key chapters in Reigns’ impressive rise through WWE history, all while claiming championships and igniting the WWE Universe along the way. Every match includes a live-action introduction from The Big Dog himself in exclusive, never-before-seen footage. continue reading


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July 2nd, 2019
 "Brisk: Video and Interview with Roman Reigns Hobbs and Shaw"
In the months since his triumphant return from his battle with leukemia, Roman Reigns (real name Joe Anoa’i) has quickly re-established himself as one of WWE’s biggest stars. But the former WWE Champion is also finding new success outside the ring, as he’ll make his Hollywood debut in the upcoming film Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw alongside his cousin, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and Jason Statham on Aug. 2.

As part of the promotion for the release, the film teamed up with Brisk Iced Tea to create a new promotional campaign titled “Cans of Whup Ass,” hearkening back to a line made by Johnson during the films trailer. The campaign included a digital ad made by young creator Evans Alexandre, and stars Roman Reigns as his character from the film.

In an interview with ComicBook.com, Reigns spoke about how impressed he was with Alexandre’s finished product.
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