The Anoa'i family[pronunciation?] is a family of professional wrestlers originating from American Samoa. Family members have comprised several tag teams and stables within a variety of promotions. Famous members of the family include Rosey, WWE Hall of Famer Rikishi, Umaga, WWE Hall of Famer Yokozuna, Roman Reigns, Haku, The Usos, and WWE Hall of Fame brothers Afa and Sika Anoa'i, the Wild Samoans. Peter Maivia and grandson The Rock are considered honorary members. WWE Hall of Famer & former wrestler Jimmy Snuka also married into the family through his first wife, Sharon Georgi. Snuka's daughter, Tamina Snuka, is considered as part of the family as well, and WWE Superstar Naomi married into the family by marrying Jimmy Uso.
Reverend Amituana'i Anoa'i and Peter Maivia were blood brothers, a connection that continued with Afa and Sika, who regard Peter as their uncle. Peter married Ofelia "Lia" Fuataga, who already had a daughter named Ata, whom he adopted and raised as his own. Ata married wrestler Rocky Johnson, and the couple became the parents of Dwayne Johnson, who wrestled as "Rocky Maivia" and "The Rock" before establishing himself as an actor. Peter's first cousin Joseph Fanene was the father of Savelina Fanene, who was formerly known in WWE as Nia Jax.
Anoa'i Family treeEdit
|Tovaleomanaia Amituana'i (Leoso Ripley)(1920–1988)||Amituana'i Anoa'i (1914–1994)||Fanene Anderson|
|Lynn Anoa'i||Afa Anoa'i Sr.|
|Tumua Anoa'i||Afoa Anoa'i||Leati Anoa'i Amituana'i|
|Lisa Anoa'i Sr.||Sipa Anoa'i||Elevera Anoa'i (Vera)|
|I'aulualo Folau Solofa Fatu Sr. (1945–2020)||Toa Maivia||Mataniufeagaimaleata Fitisemanu (Ata Maivia)||Rocky Johnson|
|Leati Joseph "Joe" Anoa'i|
|Solofa Fatu Jr.|
|Talisua Fuavai||Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson||Dany Garcia|
|Afa Anoa'i Jr.|
|Bernadette Anoa'i-Shroyer||Lloyd Anoa'i|
|Monica Anoa'i||Gary Albright|
|Jacob Fatu||Trinity McCray|
|Jonathan Fatu |
|Joshua Fatu |
|Thavana Monalisa||Jeremiah Peniata||Joseph "Sefa" Fatu |
Hollywood stuntman Tanoai Reed (known as Toa on the new American Gladiators) is the great nephew of wrestling promoter Lia Maivia (Peter Maivia's wife), while professional wrestler Lina Fanene (Nia Jax) is Dwayne Johnson's second cousin once removed. Sean Maluta, nephew of Afa Anoa'i, was a participant in WWE's first Cruiserweight Classic tournament.
Tag teams and stablesEdit
The Wild SamoansEdit
In WWE from 2002 to 2003 Matt Anoa'i and Eddie Fatu formed a tag team using the names Rosey and Jamal, respectively. 3-Minute Warning acted as enforcers for Raw brand General Manager Eric Bischoff. The team was used to squash any activity in the ring that Bischoff deemed "boring". Bischoff would often cue the team's surprise entrances by uttering the phrase "three minutes."
|Members||Matt E. Smalls|
|Billed heights||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) - Matt|
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) - Lloyd
|713 lb (323 kg; 50.9 st)|
|Trainer||Wild Samoan Training Center|
Samoan Gangstas was a tag team made up of brothers from another mothers Matt E. Smalls and Sweet Sammy Silk (Matt and Samu Anoa'i). Their tag team was formed in 1997 in WXW, the promotion of one half of The Wild Samoans, Samu's father and Matt's uncle Afa Anoa'i. The duo received success in WXW in the tag team division. On June 24, they won their first WXW Tag Team Championship by beating Love Connection (Sweet Daddy Jay Love and Georgie Love). However, they were temporarily suspended and the title was declared vacant. Matt was repackaged as Matty Smalls. They returned in the summer of 1997 and defeated Siberian Express (The Mad Russian and Russian Eliminator), on September 17 to win their second WXW Tag Team Championship.
Problems began between Smalls and Smooth. The two partners began feuding with each other and could not focus properly on their tag title. On March 27, 1998, Smooth defeated Smalls in a Loser Leaves Town match. As a result of losing this match, Smalls was forced to leave the promotion. He left WXW while Smooth focused on a singles career. After a short while, Smalls returned to WXW and the two partners reunited again as Samoan Gangstas and began teaming in the tag team division. They feuded with several tag teams in WXW and focused to regain the WXW Tag Team Championship. However, due to their family disputes and problems with each other, they did not take part in the tournament for the vacated tag title, and instead feuded with each other. Samoan Gangstas feuded with each other after their splitting until Smalls left WXW and began wrestling as Kimo. He began teaming with Ekmo (Eddie Fatu) as The Island Boyz and the duo worked in Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling (FMW) before signing with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and working in its developmental territories.
The Sons of SamoaEdit
The team was formed at WXW in 1998, briefly as a stable with Samu. The team reformed in April 2009 at a WXW show with Afa Jr. and L.A. Smooth. In 2013, they began wrestling at the WWC promotion in Puerto Rico. At Euphoria 2013, they lost to Thunder and Lightning. They won the WWC World Tag Team Championship from Thunder and Lightning on February 9, before losing the titles back to Thunder and Lightning on March 30 at Camino a la Gloria. However, they won the titles on June 29, 2013, at Summer Madness.
The Usos (born August 22, 1985) are a Samoan American professional wrestling tag team consisting of twin brothers Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso, who appear in WWE where they are former three-time WWE Tag Team Champions. They are also five-time WWE SmackDown Tag Team Champions. The pair were previously managed by Tamina Snuka and are one-time FCW Florida Tag Team Champions.
The Bloodline is a professional wrestling stable currently performing in WWE. The group is led by Roman Reigns - who currently is recognized as the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion, as he concurrently holds both the WWE and Universal Championships. Also in the group are Reigns' cousins Jimmy and Jey Uso - who are currently recognized as Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions, as they concurrently hold both the Raw and SmackDown Tag Team Championships, as well as manager Paul Heyman.
Championship and accomplishmentsEdit
- Afa Anoa'i
- Bad Luck Fale
- Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson
- Jacob Fatu
- Lance Anoa'i
- Lloyd Anoa'i
- Nia Jax
- Peter Maivia
- Roman Reigns
- Sam Fatu
- Sika Anoa'i
- Solo Sikoa
- Tama Tonga
- Tanga Loa
- The Usos
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...The Rock's double, his cousin Tanoai Reed, shattered an ankle.
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Among the new gladiators are Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's cousin Tanoai Reed as Toa, an island warrior who intimidates opponents by performing a tribal war dance...
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5/24/97: Samoan Gangstas (LA Smooth & Matt E. Smalls) beat Love Connection. 6/97: (Samoan Gangstas are temporarily suspended, titles vacated)
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