Roman Reigns is the undisputed top star of WWE, holding both the Universal Championship and the WWE Championship. He is also the leader of the Bloodline, a faction that consists of his cousins, The Usos. Reigns belongs to the famous Anoa’i family, a Samoan wrestling dynasty that has produced many legends and Hall of Famers.
Bronson Reed is a rising star in WWE, who recently returned to Monday Night RAW after being released in August 2021. He aligned himself with The Miz and attacked Dexter Lumis during a ladder match. Reed is a former NXT North American Champion and a powerhouse wrestler.
Both Reigns and Reed are Samoans, but are they related to each other? Many fans have wondered about this question, especially after Reed expressed his interest in working with or against the Bloodline in an interview. Here’s what we know about their relationship.
The simple answer is no, Bronson Reed and Roman Reigns are not related by blood. They are both Samoans, but they come from different backgrounds and families.
Reed was born in Adelaide, Australia, and began his wrestling career there before moving to the United States. His real name is Jermaine Haley, and he has no known connection to the Anoa’i family.
Reigns was born in Pensacola, Florida, United States, and is the son of Sika Anoa’i, one half of the Wild Samoans tag team. His real name is Leati Joseph Anoa’i, and he is part of a large family that includes The Rock, Rikishi, Umaga, Yokozuna, Nia Jax, Tamina Snuka and many more.
Bronson Reed wanted to join or fight the Bloodline
Despite not being related to Roman Reigns, Bronson Reed has shown admiration for the Tribal Chief and his cousins. In an interview with Denise Salcedo in July 2021, Reed said he would not be against aligning himself with the Bloodline or fighting them.
“Well, I think a lot of people online fantasy book that [Reed aligning with Roman and The Usos]. So I just like to feed their ego a little bit, stir the pot a little bit. But I would not be against aligning myself with those guys. I’ve met them. They are someone that I feel I can definitely work with, but at the same time, I wouldn’t be against fighting those guys as well.” [according to Fightful]
Reed also hinted at joining the Bloodline on Twitter after he lost his NXT North American Championship to Isaiah “Swerve” Scott in July 2021. He posted a picture of himself wearing a shirt that said “Bloodline” and tagged Roman Reigns and The Usos.
However, Reed’s dream of working with or against the Bloodline may be on hold for now. He is currently on RAW, while Reigns and The Usos are on SmackDown. He also seems to have found a new ally in The Miz, who has his own issues with Reigns.
Bronson Reed wants to win the World Heavyweight Title from Roman Reigns
Although Bronson Reed has not been able to face Roman Reigns yet, he has not given up on his goal of becoming a world champion in WWE. In an interview with Fightful in May 2023, Reed said he would rather win the World Heavyweight Title from Reigns than join him.
“I would rather win the World Heavyweight Title from him than join him. I respect him as a leader and as a champion, but I also want to make history by being the first Australian-born WWE World Heavyweight Champion. I think I have what it takes to dethrone him.”
Reed also said he was inspired by Daniel Bryan’s WrestleMania 30 victory over Triple H and Batista to win the title. He said he wanted to have a similar moment at WrestleMania 39.
“I watched Daniel Bryan’s journey at WrestleMania 30 and it gave me goosebumps. He overcame all the odds and became the champion in front of a huge crowd. That’s what I want to do at WrestleMania 39. I want to face Roman Reigns in the main event and make him tap out to my Tsunami Splash.”
Whether Bronson Reed will get his chance to challenge Roman Reigns for the World Heavyweight Title remains to be seen. For now, he has to prove himself on RAW and earn his way up the ladder.
But one thing is clear: Bronson Reed and Roman Reigns are not related by blood, but they may be destined to cross paths in WWE someday.