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WWE legend Sika Anoa’i, father of Roman Reigns, dead at 79

Sika Anoa’i, one half of the legendary professional wrestling tag team The Wild Samoans and father of current WWE star Roman Reigns, passed away on Tuesday.

He was 79 years old.

The news was announced on Instagram by his nephew, Jarl Anoa’i.

“It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of former Hall of Fame player Pooraivao Leati Sika Anoa’i, who passed away peacefully on June 25th. Sika was a renowned figure whose contributions and accomplishments left an indelible mark. His memory will live on through his work and the lives of the many people he touched,” Jarlath said in the release.

Sika Anoa’i, one half of the legendary Wild Samoans, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 79. j.anoa1/Instagram
Roman Reigns (center) poses with his father, Sika (right), and uncle, Afa (left) WWE

“He accomplished so much – a hardworking father, a caring brother, a supportive uncle and a proud grandfather. A cherished friend to many, a loving family member with boundless warmth and kindness and an inspiration to countless others. His legacy will continue to inspire and encourage future generations and remind us that one life can impact so many. Rest in Peace Uncle Shikha.”

Brothers Sika and Afa Anoa’i formed the Wild Samoans in 1973 in Calgary, Canada for Stuart Hart’s Stampede Wrestling, and had wrestling gigs throughout the region during the 1970s, including in the Continental Wrestling Association (also known as Mid-South in Memphis) and various NWA promotions.

Sika Anoa’i (left) stands with Hulk Hogan (right), who holds Anoa’i’s son, Joe, aka Roman Reigns.

They debuted in the then-WWF in 1980 and had a successful decade that included winning the World Tag Team Championship twice.

In between, they wrestled for other organizations including New Japan Pro Wrestling, AWA and Jim Crockett Promotions.

Sika later returned to the WWF for a third time as a singles wrestler.

Sika Anoa’i had many stints in the WWE. WWE

The Wild Samoans were inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2007.

Sika is one of the roots of “The Bloodline,” which has dominated WWE programming since 2020.

At one point, Sika and Afa presented Raines with an “Ula Fala” necklace, which identified him as the “tribal chief,” or leader of his lineage.

Sika and Afa are both inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. j.anoa1/Instagram

“The Samoan dynasty of Anoa’i and Fatu became the dominant family dynasty,” says Paul Heyman, who manages Bloodline. Speaking to ESPN ahead of WrestleMania 39 last year,“More than the Harts. More than the Funks. More than the Briscos. More than the Rhodes.”