The Anoa'i Family, originating from American Samoa and Independent Samoa, is a legendary family of professional wrestlers.

Family members

The founders of the family, Elder Reverend Amituana'i Anoa'i and his wife Tovaleomanaia Leoso Ripley, had Seven sons, Tumua, Anoa'i (Jr.), Arthur (Afa), Leati (Sika), Tusipa, Peteroni, Fasito'o; and Four daughters, Sina, Elevera, Nita (Initalia), Matalima.

Tumua is the father of Reno Anoa'i (known as Black Pearl and Count of California) married to Tiffany Smith-Anoa'i; also Tumua is the grandfather of Reno Anoa'i III, finalist of American Idol 2014 Season.

Anoa'i, Jr. is the father of the late Rodney Anoa'i, known best under his WWF moniker Yokozuna.

Afa and Sika became wrestlers, forming the tag team the Wild Samoans.

Afa's Three sons are all wrestlers — Samuel (best known as The Great Samu), Afa Jr.(best known as Manu), Lloyd (best known as L.A. Smooth) and. His daughter Monica Anoa'i is the widow of wrestler Gary Albright.

Samuel Anoa'i is the father of Lance Anoa'i (known as Samoan Storm)

Sika's older son Matt Anoa'i is wrestling under the name Ro'Z and Matt E. Smalls, while his younger son Joe Anoa'i (best known as Roman Reigns) played football for Georgia Tech and was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Minnesota Vikings.

Elevera married Solofa Fatu and gave birth to four sons, three who would become wrestlers: Solofa Fatu Jr. (as Fatu and Rikishi and Junior Fatu ) Samuel Fatu (known as Tama and Tonga Kid), and Smith Edward (Eki) Fatu (known as Jamal and Umaga).

Solofa Fatu Jr. is the father of Jonathan & Joshua Fatu (best known as Jimmy & Jey Uso); Samuel Fatu is the father of Jacob Fatu (known as Samoan Werewolf).

Afa and Sika's father considered Peter Maivia his "blood brother", a connection that continued to Afa and Sika, who regard Peter as their uncle. Peter Maivia and his wife Lia Maivia had a daughter, Ata Maivia, married wrestler Rocky Johnson. The couple became the parents of Dwayne Johnson, better known as The Rock. Peter Maivia's youngest son Toa is in training to wrestle. Maivia's oldest son Peter Fanene Jr. is in the real estate business.

Hollywood stuntman Tanoai Reed (aka Toa on the new American Gladiators) is the great nephew of wrestling promoter Lia Maivia (Peter Maivia's wife)

Boxer David Tua, actor Solo Siaopo are also related to the Anoa'i family.

Linked to the family by marriage but not actually a blood relative is wrestler "Superfly" Jimmy Snuka. Snuka's son Jimmy Snuka Jr. now wrestles for Raw as Deuce, and his daughter Taimane also wrestles as (WWE Diva).

In an Article in Pro Wrestling Illustrated Samoa Joe claims to share a distant ancestor with the Anoa'i Family, but well before Reverend Amituana'i Anoa'i, so he is not a member of the family.

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