|Birth name||Leati Anoaʻi|
April 5, 1945 |
Leone, American Samoa,
|Professional wrestling career|
|Billed height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Billed weight||319 lb (145 kg)|
|Billed from||The Isle of Samoa|
|Trained by||Afa Anoaʻi|
Leati "Sika" Anoaʻi (born April 5, 1945) is an American Samoan retired professional wrestler and a member of the Anoaʻi family. He is best known as a member of Wild Samoans, who wrestled in various promotions including the World Wrestling Federation and Mid-South Wrestling.
Early tag team success in the WWWF/WWF/NWA
Sika teamed with his brother Afa to form the tag team the Wild Samoans. In 1979, they signed with the World Wrestling Federation (now World Wrestling Entertainment). Along with Afa, Sika held the WWF Tag Team Championship on three occasions. They won their first title in the WWF by defeating the team of Ivan Putski and Tito Santana on April 12, 1980. The Wild Samoans held the belts for almost four months before losing them to Bob Backlund and Pedro Morales on August 9. The title was vacated the following day, however, because Backlund already held the WWF Championship and could not defend both titles. A tournament was held to select the new champions, and The Wild Samoans defeated Tony Garea and Rene Goulet to regain the belts.
After losing the title to Garea and Rick Martel, the Wild Samoans left the WWF to compete in Bill Watts' Mid-South Wrestling. They won the tag team championship three times before leaving the promotion to wrestle in the National Wrestling Alliance's Georgia territory. While there, the Wild Samoans defeated the Fabulous Freebirds to win the NWA National Tag Team Championship. Sika and Afa soon left the promotion and vacated the championship.
Following their stint in the NWA, the Wild Samoans returned to the WWF. They won their third and final WWF Tag Team Championship on March 8, 1983 by defeating Jules Strongbow and Chief Jay Strongbow. Four days later, Sika sustained an injury during a match. As a result, he was forced to take time off while his nephew Samula Anoaʻi helped defend the title in his place. The Samoans remained an active team in the WWF until late-1984, turning face and ditching their manager Captain Lou Albano after he cost them the tag team championship to Rocky Johnson and Tony Atlas. While face, they never achieved the same success they had during their runs as champions, quietly feuding with Adrian Adonis and Dick Murdoch until leaving in 1984.
Singles competitor in the WWF (1986-1988)
After Afa left the WWF, Sika also departed. After a two year absence, he returned on the September 13th, 1986 episode of WWF Superstars and defeated Don Driggers. At the start Sika was managed by The Wizard. Now billed as "Sika The Savage Samoan" he started as a singles competitor and was undefeated for several month, until finally being upset by Pedro Morales at a televised house show in Philadelphia, PA on November 8. This would be his only pinfall defeat of the year.
In 1987 he began the year inauspiciously, losing to Mike Rotundo in West Palm Beach, FL on January 1. Sika remained dominant against lower level competition, but began suffering occasional loses in the winter and spring to Corporal Kirschener and Koko B. Ware. On the April 4th episode of WWF Superstars it was announced that Mr. Fuji was assuming his managership from The Wizard. The Wizard also passed his managerial duties of Kamala to Fuji, and Sika and Kamala quickly formed a tag-team. In May they began a house show series with The Can-Am Connection but were winless, and were also upset later that summer by The Young Stallions by countout. Following a pinfall defeat to the Stallions on August 30 in Toronto, Kamala left the promotion leaving Sika a full-time singles competitor again.
Three weeks later Sika headlined headlining the October 3, 1987 edition of Saturday Night's Main Event against Hulk Hogan. Shortly afterwards Sika entered a program with the newly arrived Bam-Bam Bigelow. In the winter of 1987 he entered a feud against Jake Roberts.
Going into 1988 Sika faced Jim Duggan, George Steele, and Lanny Poffo. On March 27, 1988 he participated in his first PPV, appearing a part of the battle royal at WrestleMania IV, but he did not win. This was also his final match, as he left the WWF afterwards.
Anoaʻi also appeared alongside Roddy Piper and other WWF wrestlers in the 1987 film Body Slam. In 1988, Sika teamed up with another relative, Kokina (better known as Yokozuna). The pair wrestled as a tag team in Continental Wrestling Federation and were managed by Alan Martin.
On the March 23, 2007 edition of WWE SmackDown, it was announced that Afa and Sika would be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2007. On March 31, 2007, the Wild Samoans were inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by Afa's son, Samu, and Sika's son, Matt.
Sika and Afa now run The Wild Samoan Training Center, a wrestling school that has produced such alumni as Umaga and Batista, Rikishi, Billy Kidman, Chris Kanyon. In March 2002, Sika suffered head and facial injuries when a beer truck hit his car near Pensacola, Florida.
In 1999, Sika started up XW 2000, an independent wrestling promotion based in Pensacola, Florida. From 1999 until 2008 and again since 2010, the promotion runs family-oriented wrestling shows across the Florida Panhandle.
One of four children, Sika moved to the United States when he was 14. His father was a pastor and was transferred to San Francisco. To help feed his family, Sika joined the Merchant Marine. Eventually, he followed Afa's lead and began wrestling professionally.
Sika has two sons, Matthew and Leati Joseph. Matt was a professional wrestler, who briefly wrestled in WWE under the name "Rosey", before dying on April 17, 2017. Leati Joseph, known as Joe, played college football for Georgia Tech from 2003 to 2006. He began a wrestling career in 2010, working for WWE under the ring name Roman Reigns where he is a three-time WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
- Finishing moves
- Signature moves
Championships and accomplishments
- Other honoree (1997)
- International Wrestling Alliance
- IWA Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Afa
- NWA All-Star Wrestling
- NWA Mid-America
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- World Wrestling Entertainment|World Wrestling Federation
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