I presented a Samoan workshop to a group of grade two children in an Australian school. When it came time to ask questions the first one was not a question but a statement. “The Rock and Roman Reigns are Samoan!” Then instead of asking me questions about Samoa the group started to talk about all the Samoan wrestlers that they knew.
One of the sports that Samoans are well known for is Wrestling. In fact, it has been a family tradition for a particular Samoan family. To celebrate how wrestlers have brought Samoa to mainstream television we are going to talk about which Samoan wrestlers are related.
High Chief Peter Maivia – blood brother to Reverend Amituana'i Anoaʻi, grandfather to The Rock and uncle to Nia Jax.
The Rock – is the grandson of High Chief Peter Maivia a second cousin to Nia Jax and father to Ava Reign (Simone Johnson).
Ava Reign (Simone Johnson) - is the daughter of the Rock and granddaughter or High Chief Peter Maivia
Nia Jax (Savelina Fanene) – is the daughter of Joseph Fanene, first cousin of High Chief Peter Maivia
Wild Samoans (Afa and Sika Anoai) – sons of Reverend Amituana'i Anoaʻi
Rikishi – grandson of Reverend Amituana'i Anoaʻi (mother Elevera Anoa’i)
Tonga Kid (aka tama) - grandson of Reverend Amituana'i Anoaʻi and brother to Rikishi and Umaga (mother Elevera Anoa’i)
Umaga - grandson of Reverend Amituana'i Anoaʻi brother to Rikishi and Tonga Kid (mother Elevera Anoa’i)
Yokozuna - grandson of Reverend Amituana'i Anoaʻi (son of Afoa Anoa’i)
Roman Reigns – son of Sika Anoa’i
Rosey – son of Sika Anoa’i
The Usos (Jimmy & Jey Uso) – sons of Rikishi
Tamika Snuka - daughter of Jimmy “superfly” Snuka, It is her mother who links her to the Anoa’I family
Who is your favourite Samoan wrestler? Tell us in the comments