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WWE Anoa'i Dynasty: Unraveling the legendary Samoan family tree and their impactful legacy in wrestling

Published at :June 27, 2023 at 5:36 AM
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The Samoan family have produced numerous talented wrestlers who have achieved great success in the industry

The Samoan family is one of the oldest and greatest families to enter the pro-wrestling business. Their dominance has been otherworldly. The Anoa'i family is a legendary Samoan-American wrestling dynasty that has made a significant impact in the world of professional wrestling, particularly within the WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) organization. With deep roots in the Polynesian culture, the Anoa'i family has produced numerous talented wrestlers who have achieved great success in the industry. Let's explore the rich history of the Anoa'i family tree.

The Anoa’I family rundown

High Chief Peter Maivia

The patriarch of the family is Peter Maivia, a Samoan wrestler who had a successful career in the 1960s and 1970s. Maivia, known as "High Chief," paved the way for future generations of the Anoa'i family in professional wrestling. He was renowned for his charisma, strength, and technical abilities, and became one of the most beloved figures in the wrestling world.

Rocky Johnson

One of Peter Maivia's daughters, Ata Maivia, married the iconic wrestler Rocky Johnson. Their son, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, would go on to become one of the biggest stars in the history of professional wrestling and transition into a successful career in Hollywood as an actor.

Yokozuna

Yokozuna
Yokozunamade his Superstars debut on October 31, 1992

Rodney Agatupu Anoa'i was a sumo wrestler who represented Japan and battled under the alias Yokozuna. Mr. Fuji managed Yokozuna, who made his Superstars debut on October 31, 1992. Yokozuna was a two-time WWF Tag Team Champion, a two-time WWF World Heavyweight Champion, and the 1993 Royal Rumble winner.

He was the first Samoan wrestler to hold the WWF World Heavyweight Championship, as well as the first Royal Rumble victor to get a World Championship bout as a direct stipulation at WrestleMania. Yokozuna competed for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship against Bret Hart at both WrestleMania IX and WrestleMania X.

Afa and Sika

Another notable member of the Anoa'i family is Afa Anoa'i, who formed the legendary tag team The Wild Samoans alongside his brother Sika. The duo captured multiple tag team championships and left an indelible mark on the wrestling industry with their wild and unorthodox style. Throughout their lengthy career, they won 21 Tag Team Championships across the world, mostly in Mid-South Wrestling, the NWA organizations, and the WWE (WWF).

The Wild Samoans made their WWF debut in January 1980, under the management of Lou Albano. They won the WWF World Tag Team Championships three times in a row. They also temporarily competed for NJPW after leaving the WWF. WWE superstar Roman Reigns' father is Sika. In 2007, the Wild Samoans were inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.

Tonga Kid

Although Tonga Kid is not directly related to the Samoan Anoa'i family, his career has been intertwined with their legacy. He has embraced and been embraced by the Samoan wrestling heritage, forging strong connections and leaving an impact on the industry alongside the Anoa'i family members with whom he has shared the ring.

Rikishi

Solofa F. Fatu Jr. competed as Rikishi, the Japanese term for a sumo wrestler, which was similar to his cousin's moniker "Yokozuna." Rikishi first appeared in the WWF in 1992 as a member of the tag team The Headshrinkers with his cousin Samu (Samula Anoa'i). During the Attitude Era, his famed signature maneuver, The Stink Face, gained him a lot of attention. He held the WWF Intercontinental Championship once and the tag team titles three times in WWE. In 2015, he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. Rikishi is also The Usos' father.

Umaga

Mr. Edward Smith Fatu made his main roster debut in 2002 as Jamal alongside his cousin Rosey as the heel stable 3-Minute Warning. Fatu returned to Raw on April 3, 2006, with a new gimmick and was nicknamed "Umaga," a violent and destructive Samoan wrestler.

The Rock

Dwayne Douglas Johnson, better known as The Rock, is one of the greatest professional wrestlers in history. He made his WWF debut as Rocky Maivia on Monday Night Raw on November 4, 1996, and after failing to win over the fans as a face, he turned heel, joining the stable The Nation of Domination in August 1997.

Soon after, Rocky Maivia was dubbed "The Most Electrifying Man In Sports Entertainment" - "The Rock" - and permanently altered the landscape of professional wrestling. The Rock led the WWF into the Attitude Era, defeating WCW in the Monday Night Wars alongside Stone Cold Steve Austin and other contemporaries.

The WWE (WWF) Attitude Era was without a doubt the finest era in the company's and pro wrestling's history.

The sheer presence of The Rock in the arena altered its demeanor and vibe. The Rock, a two-time Intercontinental Champion, five-time World Tag Team Champion, ten-time World champion, and winner of the 2003 Royal Rumble, revolutionized the WWF and increased ticket sales and TV viewership.

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The Usos

Jimmy (Jonathan Solofa Fatu) and Jey (Joshua Samuel Fatu) Uso are now regarded as the top tag team in the world. In 2009, the Usos competed in WWE's developmental brand FCW before joining the main roster on May 24, 2010, alongside their cousin Tamina Snuka. With their technical approach, tag team ability, and promo skills, the 6-time WWE world tag team champions have made their mark in the industry.

Tamina Snuka

Sarona Moana-Marie Reiher Snuka-Polamalu is a second-generation professional wrestler (daughter of Jimmy Snuka) who competes as Tamina Snuka. In May 2010, she made her WWE Raw debut with her relatives The Usos. She has had feuds with Natalya, AJ Lee, and Kaitlyn.

Nia Jax

Nia Jax (Savelina Fanene) made her presence known in the WWE's Women's Division from the minute she entered the ring. Jax debuted in NXT in May 2015 and was promoted to the main roster in July 2016. She demonstrated her supremacy and feuded with the company's finest female wrestlers, including Sasha Banks, Alexa Bliss, and Ronda Rousey. Nia Jax formerly held the WWE Raw Women's Championship. She is the Anoa'i family's first female wrestler to win the WWE Women's Championship.

Roman Reigns

Does, The Tribal Chief need any introduction? But still. Reigns joined WWE's developmental area FCW in 2010 and subsequently made his spectacular main roster debut as a part of the faction The Shield at the Survivor Series 2012 PPV, alongside fellow wrestlers Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose.

His popularity plummeted following his Royal Rumble victory in 2015, but he has remained incredibly entertaining and has always been able to present fans with fascinating and compelling fights. He has earned his place among the finest Samoan wrestlers. Reigns is a four-time WWE World Champion who has held all of the WWE belts, making him the 17th Grand Slam Champion. Also, Reigns is the only WWE Champion in more than 3 decades to complete 1000+ days as WWE champion.

Solo Sikoa

Solo Sikoa made his WWE NXT debut on October 26, 2021, during the Halloween Havoc program. Sikoa is the younger brother of The Usos and the son of WWE Hall of Famer Rikishi. Sikoa made his WWE Clash at the Castle debut after nearly a year on WWE NXT by assisting Roman Reigns in defeating Drew McIntyre in the main event. He would eventually become a member of the Bloodline and the SmackDown roster.

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