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WWE Hall of Famer Sika Anoa’i, Father of Roman Reigns, Dies at 79

One big thing: WWE Hall of Famer Sika Anoa’i passes away

Sika Anoa’i, a WWE Hall of Famer and patriarch of the legendary Anoa’i wrestling family, has died at the age of 79.

• Anoa’i was the father of current WWE star Roman Reigns and the late wrestler Rosey.
• The news was announced by family member Jahrus Anoa’i on Instagram.
• Sika leaves behind his wife Patricia and four children.

Why it matters

Sika Anoa’i’s passing marks the end of an era in professional wrestling. His contributions to the industry, both as a performer and trainer, have shaped the landscape of modern wrestling.

The backstory

Early career

• Began training in the early 1970s
• Made his Stampede Wrestling debut in 1973
• Formed the legendary tag team “The Wild Samoans” with his brother Afa

WWF success

• Debuted in WWF (now WWE) in 1979
• Three-time WWF Tag Team Champion with Afa
• Competed as a singles wrestler and teamed with Kamala in 1986

Later years

• Last televised WWF match was at WrestleMania IV in 1988
• Continued wrestling on the independent circuit until 2006
• Inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2007 as part of The Wild Samoans

The impact

Sika Anoa’i’s legacy extends far beyond his in-ring accomplishments:

• Trained numerous wrestlers at the Wild Samoan Pro Wrestling Training Center
• Helped establish the Anoa’i family as one of wrestling’s most prominent dynasties
• Influenced the careers of many current WWE superstars, including his son Roman Reigns

What’s next

As the wrestling world mourns the loss of Sika Anoa’i, his impact will continue to be felt through the careers of those he influenced and trained.

How do you think Sika Anoa’i’s legacy will be remembered in professional wrestling? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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