Anoa'i family

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The Anoa'i family, originating from American Samoa, is a family of professional wrestlers. Family members have comprised several tag teams and stables within a variety of promotions. Famous members of the family include Rosey, Rikishi, Jamal/Ekmo/Umaga, Yokozuna, Roman Reigns, The Usos, Nia Jax, Tamina Snuka and brothers Afa and Sika Anoa'i, the Wild Samoans. Peter Maivia and his grandson The Rock are considered honorary members.

Reverend Amituana'i Anoa'i and Peter Maivia were blood brothers,[1] 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 under the names "Rocky Maivia" and "The Rock", before establishing himself as an actor.

Family tree[edit]

Tovale Anoa'iAmituana Anoa'iBlood brotherFanene Anderson
(Peter Maivia)

Ofelia Fuataga
Lynn Anoa'iArthur Anoa'i Sr.
(Afa Anoa'i)
Tumua Anoa'iAfoa Anoa'iLeati Anoa'i Amituana'i
(Sika Anoa'i)
Lisa Anoa'i Sr.Sipa Anoa'iElevera Anoa'i[2]
I'aulualo Fatu[2]Toa MaiviaAta MaiviaRocky Johnson
Reno Anoa'i
(Black Pearl)
Rodney Anoa'i

Matthew Anoa'i

Leati Joseph "Joe" Anoa'i
(Roman Reigns)
Samuel Fatu
(Tonga Kid/Tama)
Edward Fatu

Solofa Fatu Jr.
Talisua FuavaiDwayne Johnson
(The Rock)
Dany Garcia
Samula Anoa'i
Afa Anoa'i Jr.
Lloyd Anoa'i
(L.A. Smooth)
Monica Anoa'iGary Albright
Jacob FatuTrinity McCray
Jonathan Fatu
(Jimmy Uso)
Joshua Fatu
(Jey Uso)
Thavana MonalisaJeremiah PeniataSimone Johnson
Lance Anoa'i

Other members[edit]

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),[3][4] while professional wrestler Lina Fanene (Nia Jax) is Dwayne Johnson's cousin.[5] Sean Maluta, nephew of Afa Anoa'i, was a participant in WWE's first Cruiserweight Classic tournament.[6] Trinity Fatu (known as Naomi) is part of the Anoa'i family through marriage to Jonathan Fatu (aka Jimmy Uso).

Tag teams and stables[edit]

The Wild Samoans[edit]

The Headshrinkers[edit]

3-Minute Warning[edit]

Samoan Gangstas[edit]

Samoan Gangstas
Tag team
MembersMatt E. Smalls[7]
L.A. Smooth[8]
Name(s)Samoan Gangstas[9]
Billed heights6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) - Matt
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) - Lloyd
billed weight
713 lb (323 kg; 50.9 st)
TrainerWild Samoan Training Center[7][8]

Samoan Gangstas was a tag team in the independent promotion World Xtreme Wrestling (WXW).[9] The tag team consisted of members from the Anoa'i family.[7][8]

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).[10] 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.[9] On June 24, they won their first WXW Tag Team Championship by beating Love Connection (Sweet Daddy Jay Love and Georgie Love).[9] However, they were temporarily suspended and the title was declared vacant.[11] 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.[9][12]

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.[9][12] 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 Samoa[edit]

The Sons of Samoa are a tag team currently wrestling in the Puerto Rican wrestling promotion World Wrestling Council and WXW. The team consists of Afa Jr. and L.A. Smooth.

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[edit]

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 two-time WWE Tag Team Champions. They are also former four-time WWE SmackDown Tag Team Champions. The pair were previously managed by Tamina Snuka and are one-time FCW Florida Tag Team Champions. The Usos have also periodically aligned with their cousin Roman Reigns as The Bloodline.

Championship and accomplishments[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Hall of Fame: High Chief Peter Maivia". WWE. Archived from the original on 20 February 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-16.
  2. ^ a b Green, John (2014). Historical Dictionary of Wrestling. Scarecrow Press. p. 28. ISBN 0810879263.
  3. ^ Liane Bonin (2003-09-24). "Rock Candy". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2008-01-09. ...The Rock's double, his cousin Tanoai Reed, shattered an ankle.
  4. ^ Tenley Woodman (2008-01-03). "Red, white and bruised". Boston Herald. Retrieved 2008-01-09. 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...
  5. ^ "The Rock Police Chase Preceded Mom's Head-On Car Accident". TMZ. August 11, 2014. Retrieved May 29, 2016.
  6. ^ "Sean Maluta". Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  7. ^ a b c "Rosey Bio". Wild Samoan. Archived from the original on 10 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-01.
  8. ^ a b c "L.A. Smooth Bio". Wild Samoan. Archived from the original on 2 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-01.
  9. ^ a b c d e f "WXW World Tag Team Title History". Solie's Title Histories. Retrieved December 23, 2012.
  10. ^ "Samoan Dynasty". Wild Samoan. Archived from the original on 16 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-01.
  11. ^ "Samoan Dynasty's first WXW Tag Team Championship summary". WXW Wrestling. Archived from the original on 20 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-01. 5/24/97: Samoan Gangstas (LA Smooth & Matt E. Smalls) beat Love Connection. 6/97: (Samoan Gangstas are temporarily suspended, titles vacated)
  12. ^ a b "Samoan Dynasty's second WXW Tag Team Championship summary". WXW Wrestling. Retrieved 2008-03-01. 9/17/97: Samoan Gangstas beat Siberian Express. 3/27/98: After a family feud, LA Smooth beat Matt E Smalls (loser leaves Top Rope) BELTS VACANT[dead link]

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