Legendary Hall of Famer Has Passed Away At 79

Sika Anoa’i, a retired professional wrestler and best known as one-half of  “The Wild Samoans”, died on Tuesday. He was 79.

His nephew posted the sad news to Instagram yesterday.


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“It is with profound sadness that I share the news of the passing of Former Hall of Famer. He passed away peacefully on June 25th. Sika was a celebrated figure whose contributions and legacy have left an indelible mark. His memory will live on through his achievements and the many lives he touched.”

Alongside his brother Afa, Sika formed “The Wild Samoans,” one of the most dominant and memorable tag teams in wrestling history. The duo arrived in WWF in 1979, and became a winning team from the start.  They won their first World Tag Team Championship in 1980  They won numerous tag team championships in various wrestling promotions, including the WWF (now WWE). The Wild Samoans are multiple-time WWF Tag Team Champions, having held the titles on several occasions. Sika, along with Afa, was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2007 as part of The Wild Samoans.

The Wild Samoans were known for their wild and savage persona, often depicted as feral and uncontrollable in the ring, which added to their mystique and popularity among fans. The safety standards have changed since the early days, and they had to tone down the dangerous behavior down and use more theatrics.

Sika is part of the renowned Anoa’i wrestling family.

Anoa’i had two sons who followed in their father’s footsteps and became wrestlers. Son Matthew used the stage name Rosey. He wrestled in WWE in the beginning of his career and then died in 2017. His other son, Joseph, is famous wrestler Roman Reigns. He has been WWE Universal Champion for more than three years; but, lost the title during Wrestlemania 40.  As well as other famous relatives such as Yokozuna, Rikishi, and The Usos.

Rest In Peace