Roman Reigns family, a legacy of wrestlers. From his father Sika Anoaʻi to the young generation wrestlers Jey and Jimmy Uso, all have gained their name in wrestling.
I don’t think so there would be any family loaded with such a great number of wrestlers. Anoaʻi family has always carried the legacy of wrestling from generation to generation.
Below is the family tree of Anoaʻi family where it can be seen that the two family members who started it are Tovale Anoa’i and Peter Maivia. They are blood brothers.
Sika Anoaʻi, father of Roman Reigns is son to Tovale Anoa’i and Amituana Anoa’i. Sika Anoaʻi, better known by his ring name Sika Samoa was a great professional wrestler and has performed in Georgia Championship Wrestling, Mid-South Wrestling, New Japan Pro-Wrestling, and World Wrestling Federation.
Whereas Peter Maivia, blood brother of Tovale Anoa’i married Leah Maivia and gave birth to two children Toa and Ata. Ata Mavia married Rocky Johnson, who is a well-known wrestler of his time.
Dwayne Johnson, who is known by his ring name ‘The Rock’ is son to Ata Mavia and Rocky Johnson.
It is said that The Rock and Roman Reigns are cousins but the truth is they are not directly connected. Instead, we can call them ‘Distant Brothers’.
So in this article, we will draw your attention to the cousins of Roman Reigns.
The elder brother of Roman Reigns, Matthew aka Rosey, is another Samoan wrestler from Anoaʻi family. Born on the 7th of April, 1970 in San Francisco, California(US), Matthew perceived his wrestling training from his uncle Afa Anoaʻi’s Wild Samoan Training Facility.
Subsequently, he took part in various wrestling promotions like World Xtreme Wrestling, World Wrestling Council and many others. He competed for his first match in World Wrestling Council while entering the ring with the name ‘Kuhio’.
He joined WWE in 2002, making his debut with Ekmo(Umaga) on July 22, 2002, as ‘3 Minute Warning’.
In 2003, he teamed with Hurricane and appeared in RAW doing some heroic activities. As a result, Hurricane termed him as the ‘Super Hero in Training’ (S.H.I.T.). Even he used to appear in RAW with superhero costume.
Despite releasing from his contract of WWE in 2006, he appeared in many wrestling promotions such as Heartland Wrestling Association, Ohio Valley Wrestling, etc. On the 17th of April, 2017 he passed away due to heart failure.
Fighting under the various ring names Ekmo, Jamal, Umaga, he proved himself to the world that he is one of the best Samoan wrestlers. But he is popular among his fans as ‘Umaga’.
Born on March 28, 1973, Edward is the youngest among three brothers. The other two brothers are also wrestlers(Sam Fatu and Solofa Fatu aka Rikishi).
In 2001, Umaga joined WWF and drafted to Heartland Wrestling Association as a ring name ‘Ekmo’. In 2002, Rosey (Matthew Anoaʻi) and Umaga as ‘Jamal’ teamed together and appeared in RAW as ‘3 Minute Warning’.
Umaga and Rosey together as ‘3 Minute Warning’, entertained a lot to their fans. They also attacked two lesbians. Later they feuded with Billy and Chuck, subsequently defeating them in Unforgiven.
In 2006, he feuded with many superstars like John Cena, Triple H, and Kane. He remained the number one contender for the WWE Championship against John Cena.
Cena retained his title by defeating Umaga. But before losing this match Umaga had fought over 30 matches in 2006 and won almost all of them. He never got pinned or submitted himself in any match. If got defeat, either by disqualification or double count-out.
He is also two times Intercontinental Champion in WWE
Despite belonging from legendary ‘Anoa’i’ family, Reno had not fought for WWE. But he wrestled in various wrestling promotions such as World Xtreme Wrestling, Nu-Wrestling Evolution, and many others.
In 2002, after getting trained from his uncle Afa Anoa’i, he joined World Xtreme Wrestling with his ring name ‘Black Pearl’.
He also wrestled for Nu-Wrestling Evolution, where he won his first NWE World Heavyweight Champion in 2005 by winning a tournament. Reno won that tournament by defeating Scott Steiner, Test, Rikishi, R-Truth, Charlie Haas, FBI Johnny Stamboli, Chuck Palumbo.
The most famous wrestler of Anoaʻi family, Rodney Anoaʻi aka Yokozuna was born on October 2, 1966, in San Francisco, California (US). Despite belonging to the legendary Samoan wrestler family, he always represented himself as a Japanese sumo wrestler in every field of wrestling.
The reason he prefers to be a Japanese Sumo wrestler is that when he was in the initial stage of his wrestling career he wrestled in Japan with the ring name ‘Great Kokina’. He continued wrestling in a Japanese sumo style and always made an entry in the ring with a Japanese flag.
After wrestling in Japan, Rodney joined American Wrestling Association and wrestled there for 8 years. Later he joined WWF in 1992.
He always fought for the big titles, which symbolizes his popularity in WWF. Yokozuna won his first World Heavy Weight Championship against Bret Hart in Wrestlemania IX on the 2nd of April, 1995.
Yokozuna is two times winner of WWF World Heavy Weight Championship and WWF Tag Team Championship. He is also the first Samoan wrestler among his Anoaʻi family to win the World Heavy Weight Championship and Royal Rumble(1993)
He is a WWE Hall of Famer, who got inducted in it by Joshua Fatu, Jonathan Fatu and Solofa F. Fatu Jr.(Rikishi) in 2012.
Solofa Fatu Jr
Solofa Fatu Jr is an American Professional wrestler better known by his ring name Rikishi.
Born on October 11, 1965, he won single time Intercontinental Championship, two times World Tag Team Championship and one time WWE Tag Team Championship in his wrestling career.
He is the most beloved and well-known wrestler among youngsters. Fans loved his hip hop dance which he does on and off the fight and especially the stink face finisher move where he rubs the face of his opponents between his buttocks.
Rikishi got inducted in WWE Hall of Fame by his sons Jimmy and Jey Uso.