Reggie
Birth nameSidney Iking Bateman
Born (1993-03-13) March 13, 1993 (age 29)
Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
Children2
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Akeem Young[1]
Reggie
Reginald
Reginald Thomas
Billed fromFrance
St. Louis, Missouri
Trained byWWE Performance Center
Debut2020

Sidney Iking Bateman (born March 13, 1993) is an American professional wrestler and former acrobat. He is currently signed to WWE, where he performs on the Raw brand under the ring name Reggie.

Early life

Sidney Iking Bateman[2] was born one of eight siblings in Memphis, Tennessee on March 13, 1993 - but was raised in St. Louis, Missouri.[3] He played football and basketball with circus as a side hobby, but gave those up when, at the age of 16, he joined a gang called the Crips from the 50 Hundred GST (Geraldine Street Thugs).[3] During his junior year in high school, one of his friends was shot to death by a member of a rival gang, leading to Bateman to quit living a gang life and go back to focusing on his circus aspirations.[3]

Professional wrestling career

On January 14, 2020, Bateman signed a contract with WWE.[4] On the December 11 episode of SmackDown, Bateman, under the ring name Reginald Thomas, soon after shortened to Reginald, debuted as the French sommelier of Carmella, where he would assist her throughout her feud with Sasha Banks.[5][6] On the January 22, 2021 episode of SmackDown, Reginald made his in-ring debut in an intergender match, facing Banks in a losing effort.[7] His relationship with Carmella ended on the March 5 episode of SmackDown, when she fired him.[8] After a short alliance with Sasha Banks,[9] Reginald then managed the team of Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler from March to July,[10] but the team turned on him on the July 19 episode of Raw.[11]

Later that night, he won the WWE 24/7 Championship when he pinned Akira Tozawa, marking his first title win in WWE.[12] On the July 30 episode of SmackDown, his ring name was shortened to Reggie.[13] Along with shortening his name, he also dropped his French accent, stating he was not actually French and had only acted like he was because Carmella needed a sommelier and it got his foot in the door to becoming a wrestler for the company.[13] On September 25, 2021, he became the longest reigning 24/7 Champion.[14] On the November 8 episode of Raw, Reggie lost the 24/7 Championship to Drake Maverick, ending his reign at 113 days; however he regained the title back from Maverick a minute later following a series of title changes.[15] On the November 22 episode of Raw, Reggie lost the title to Cedric Alexander, ending his second reign at 12 days.[16]

After losing the title, Reggie then helped Dana Brooke retain the title for a few months, then asked her out on Valentines Day though she turned him down. He pinned Brooke in revenge to win the title for the 3rd time. A week later, Reggie lost the title back to Brooke after he laid down in the ring despite kicking out of a 2 count twice, as well as playing mind games. They later began dating, with Reggie once again helping her retain the title. On March 28 they got (kayfabe) engaged. On the April 18 episode of Raw, during their wedding, Reggie pinned his partner to win the 24/7 title, losing to Tamina shortly after.[17] On May 2, Brooke lost the 24/7 title to Nikki A.S.H during a backstage attack. Brooke soon regained the title via pinfall in a 24/7 Championship match. Brooke also requested a divorce from Reggie, after he attempted to pin her.[18]

Personal life

Bateman is a father of 2 and used to perform in the circus, notably for Cirque du Soleil, training at Circus Harmony for seven years and in Montreal for another three.[2]

Championships and accomplishments

References

  1. ^ "Reginald". Cagematch. Archived from the original on July 20, 2021. Retrieved July 31, 2021. Alter egos: Akeem Young.
  2. ^ a b Russell, Aprylete (February 2, 2021). "Former Circus Harmony performer makes debut on WWE". FOX 2 NOW. St. Louis, Missouri. Archived from the original on February 6, 2021. Retrieved July 31, 2021. Sidney Iking Bateman, who is from St. Louis, wrestled alongside Sasha Banks on WWE Smackdown on January 22.
  3. ^ a b c "Sidney Iking Bateman profile". Midnight Circus. August 22, 2017. Retrieved November 16, 2021.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ Melok, Bobby (January 14, 2020). "Mercedes Martinez, Jake Atlas and more report to WWE Performance Center". WWE. Archived from the original on January 15, 2020. Retrieved July 31, 2021. Sidney Bateman is a 27-year-old acrobat from St. Louis, Mo. Bateman was a cast member for Cirque du Soleil’s “LUZIA” show, where he specialized in hoop diving.
  5. ^ Burdick, Michael (December 10, 2020). "SmackDown results, Dec. 11, 2020: Carmella bottles up her aggression on Sasha Banks in brutal title showdown". WWE. Archived from the original on March 3, 2021. Retrieved July 31, 2021. Carmella “borrowed” the document and had the signed version delivered to the ring via a sommelier.
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  7. ^ Nemer, Roy (January 22, 2021). "WWE SmackDown Results – 1/22/21 (Intercontinental Championship match, Roman Reigns, more)". Wrestleview. Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida. Archived from the original on January 28, 2021. Retrieved July 31, 2021. Reginald gets back in the ring and Sasha goes for the Backstabber but Reginald lands on his feet. Sasha with the double knees. Sasha with the Banks Statement as Reginald taps out.
  8. ^ @WWE (March 6, 2021). "UH OH! @CarmellaWWE just fired @ReginaldWWE on #SmackDown!" (Tweet). Retrieved July 31, 2021 – via Twitter.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
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  12. ^ Staff, WWE.com (July 19, 2021). "Raw results, July 19, 2021: Nikki A.S.H. becomes new Raw Women's Champion to cap off wild night of surprises". WWE. Archived from the original on July 31, 2021. Retrieved July 31, 2021. Following the bout, Jax & Baszler both seemed to dump Reginald, but a sudden appearance by Akira Tozawa on the run from potential 24/7 Title challengers led to a staredown with Reggie. The end result? Reginald is your new 24/7 Champion!
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  14. ^ Defelice, Robert (September 27, 2021). "Reggie Is Now The Longest Reigning WWE 24/7 Champion In History". Fightful. Retrieved November 16, 2021.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  15. ^ Lafferriere, Nicolas. "Reggie pierde y recupera el Campeonato 24/7 de WWE en Monday Night RAW". Solowrestling.com. Solowrestling. Retrieved November 9, 2021.
  16. ^ Powell, Jason (November 22, 2021). "11/22 WWE Raw Results: Powell's live review of the Vince McMahon Cleopatra Egg whodunnit, Bobby Lahsley vs. Rey Mysterio and Dominik Mysterio in a handicap match, Rhea Ripley and Nikki ASH vs. Queen Zelina and Carmella for the WWE Women's Tag Titles". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved November 23, 2021.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  17. ^ "WWE 24/7 Title Changes Hands Several Times During Double Wedding". Wrestlezone. April 19, 2022. Retrieved April 19, 2022.
  18. ^ McGeorge, Alistair (May 3, 2022). "WWE Raw: Dana Brooke demands divorce from Reggie just two weeks after wedding". Metro. (DMG Media). Retrieved May 3, 2022.
  19. ^ "WWE 24/7 Championship". World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). Retrieved July 21, 2021.