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Who is Tama Tonga? Newest member of The Bloodline in WWE

Published at :April 13, 2024 at 4:40 PM
Modified at :April 13, 2024 at 4:41 PM
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Triple H has surprised the WWE Universe yet again, with a new member of the Bloodline incoming, Jimmy Uso possibly has been kicked out by Solo Sikoa. Tama Tonga is the newest member of The Bloodline.

Alongside Solo, it is looking like Tama Tonga will take the place of Jimmy Uso and do wonders in one of the best factions of WWE. Let’s find out who Tama Tonga is, the newest member of the Bloodline.

History

Born on October 15, 1982, Alipate Aloisio Leone is a Tongan professional wrestler better known by his ring name Tama Tonga. When they were on a visit in 1991, their maternal aunt and her husband, professional wrestler Tonga Fifita, often known as Haku or Meng, adopted Leone and his younger brother Taula from his home island of Tonga.

They took him to Poinciana, Florida, where he was raised alongside his older sister Vika, fellow professional wrestler Tevita, and his biological cousin and adopted brother. Tama made his debut alongside his brother in November 2008, competing in Southern Championship Wrestling (Florida) as a tag team under the moniker The Sons of Tonga, a reference to their father. Up until early 2009, they wrestled under the same moniker in Puerto Rico’s World Wrestling Council (WWC) and World Xtreme Wrestling (WXW).

Tama Tonga’s Pro Wrestling Career

Tonga made his NJPW debut in 2010, Leone ventured to Japan, initially joining New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) for training. He left a lasting impression, leading to his hiring by the company. Making his debut in May 2010, Leone adopted the ring name “Tama Tonga”. His first appearance was in the 2010 Super Junior Tag Tournament, teaming up with Davey Richards. Unfortunately, they were eliminated in the opening round by El Samurai and Koji Kanemoto.

Tonga was among the sixteen wrestlers selected for the 2010 Best of the Super Juniors tournament. Throughout the tournament, he showcased his skills by defeating Nobuo Yoshihashi and Akira. However, he faced defeats against Ryusuke Taguchi, Fujita Hayato, Kenny Omega, Koji Kanemoto, and Taiji Ishimori, accumulating only four points and ranking second to last in his group.

At Wrestling Dontaku, Tonga achieved a significant milestone by defeating Evil to claim the NEVER Openweight Championship, marking his inaugural singles championship in New Japan. However, his reign was short-lived as he dropped the title to Karl Anderson at Dominion 6.12 in Osaka-jo Hall, concluding his tenure after just 42 days.

During the same event, Tonga’s participation in the upcoming G1 Climax 32 tournament in July was announced, where he was slated to compete in the B Block. Throughout the tournament, he amassed 10 points, securing a pivotal victory over IWGP World Heavyweight Champion Jay White to secure a spot in the semi-finals.

Despite his commendable performance, Tonga’s journey in the tournament was halted in the semi-finals by A Block winner Kazuchika Okada, thus falling short of reaching the finals. Nevertheless, his noteworthy accomplishment of eliminating White from the tournament earned him an opportunity for the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship match on October 10 at Declaration of Power. Despite his best efforts, Tonga failed to seize the title from White at the event.

Tonga made his unexpected WWE debut on the April 12, 2024, post-WrestleMania XL edition of SmackDown. He attacked Jimmy Uso under the command of Solo Sikoa, kicking Jimmy out of The Bloodline and bringing himself into the faction.

Family

Tonga is the nephew and adopted son of professional wrestler Haku. He is the adopted brother of wrestler Tevita and goes as Tama Tonga Aloisio Leone. He became a member of the Fifita family when his biological brother Taula and maternal aunt Tonga Fifita adopted him. Despite not having been raised by the illustrious Anoa’i family, he is nevertheless regarded as a member of their clan.

Even though he is not related to Roman Reigns or Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, they nonetheless see his father, Haku, as an uncle. He does, nonetheless, stand for the Tangan ancestry.

While this makes clear who Tonga is, it should be interesting to see how the storyline progresses, will there be a new Bloodline with Solo as the Tribal Chief or is this a plan of the Rock. We shall find out the same in the upcoming episodes of Smackdown.

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