WWE Hall of Famer and Roman Reigns’ Father Sika Anoa’i Has Died

Sika Anoa’i, the Hall of Fame professional wrestler who was part of the 1980s superstar team the Wild Samoans and father of WWE’s biggest current star, Roman Reigns, died Tuesday. He was 79 years old.

Anoa’i’s death was announced on Instagram by his nephew, Jahrus Anoa’i. Worldwide Wrestling Entertainment also confirmed the death of Sika Anoa’i in a statement. No cause or place of death has been specified.

Sika Anoa’i is part of a long line of wrestlers known as the Samoan Dynasty, considered the greatest wrestling family of all time. Not all are biologically related. The ancestor was High Chief Peter Maivia, grandfather of Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson, who became the “blood brother” of the Anoa’i family. Sika and his brother, Afa “Arthur” Anoa’i, would form the Wild Samoans, considered one of the most influential duos in wrestling history.

Sika’s son Roman Reigns, born Leati Joseph Anoa’i, is the undisputed WWE Champion and has headlined WrestleMania seven times. Reigns and his cousins, Jonathan Solofa Fatu and Joshua Samuel Fatu, who play Jey and Jimmy Uso, captivated wrestling fans with a storyline known as The Bloodline, which featured Reigns as “chief of tribeā€ and came to include The Rock.

Sika Anoa’i, born and raised in American Samoa but whose family eventually moved to San Francisco, was working as a longshoreman when his brother Afa began coaching him in wrestling. Afa had been trained by Maivia.

In 30 years, the Wild Samoans won 21 tag team titles across Canada and the United States, according to a biographical video of their induction into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2007. Their opponents included other powerhouse teams like Tony Garea and Rick Martel, Bob Backlund. and Pedro Morales, the Strongbows and Rocky Johnson, father of the Rock, and his teammate Tony Atlas.

They made their Canadian debut in Calgary Stampede Wrestling in the 1970s, where they won two Stampede International Tag titles, and also performed in the National Wrestling Alliance and the International Wrestling Association of Japan, according to Crossbody of Work, a podcast about wrestlers. careers.

They burst onto the WWF scene at Madison Square Garden in January 1980, where they faced Tito Santana and Ivan Putski for the tag team championship.

But it wasn’t until April 1980 that the Wild Samoans won their first world team title. They won two more World Tag Team Championships, but their reign ended when they were defeated by the elder Johnson and Atlas in 1983.

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