The Samoan Dynasty is one of the largest families in professional wrestling history. It goes back to the '60s and '70s, with the Wild Samoans. Over the years, children and grandchildren have all started working in professional wrestling, and many of them achieved high levels of success.
Many Samoan wrestlers are now WWE Hall of Fame stars, and several of them have worked some of the biggest events in WWE history. With Roman Reigns and Nia Jax among the new breed of Samoan superstars and others around the world, it doesn't appear that the Samoan Dynasty is slowing down anytime soon. Here is a look at the 10 best Samoan wrestlers of all-time.
10 THE ROCK
Easily the most successful and popular Samoan wrestler in history is Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. While he claims the family ties to the Anoa'i family, his relationship to them is not blood. His grandfather, High Chief Peter Maivia, is a blood-brother of the Anoa'i family, though.
The Rock's father Rocky Johnson is also a former professional wrestler. Over his career, The Rock won 10 world titles, two Intercontinental titles, and five world tag team titles. He is also one of Hollywood's top stars, his movies making multiple-billions of dollars.
9 ROMAN REIGNS
The biggest Samoan wrestling star working today is Roman Reigns. The former member of The Shield is the son of Sika, who was one half of the legendary Wild Samoans tag team. Reigns late older brother was also a professional wrestler, also known Rosey, the popular tag team partner of Hurricane Helms.
While his wrestling career is still short, Roman Reigns won four world championships as well as the Intercontinental and United States Championships one time each. He also won the tag team titles once with Seth Rollins. He has worked the main event of multiple WrestleMania events.
WWE chose to change the nationality of the character of Yokozuna. The company used him as an evil heel character from Japan and had his gimmick mimic the classic Japanese sumo wrestlers. With Mr. Fuji as his manager, Yokozuna won the world title twice and the tag titles twice.
However, Yokozuna was not Japanese. He was a Samoan wrestler who was the cousin of Roman Reigns, Umaga and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. Yokozuna was the son of Afoa Anoa'i and a blood member of the Anoa'i Samoan wrestling dynasty. Yokozuna died in 2000.
Rikishi is a WWE Hall of Fame superstar and was one of the most popular stars of the Attitude Era. Most fans remember Rikishi dancing around the ring with Too Cool after matches and was a huge fan favorite during that era. He is also the father of The Usos.
However, Rikishi was very popular before he became a dancing big man. The son of Fatu of the Wild Samoans, he followed in his father's footsteps by taking on the name Fatu and working as part of the Samoan Swat Team in WCW and Headshrinkers in WWE with his cousin Samu.
6 THE USOS
Rikishi's sons are The Usos, Jimmy and Jey, and they have become one of the hottest tag teams in WWE today. The Usos made their debut in WWE in 2010 and quickly became fan favorites. Over the years, they have proven to be well-rounded and work the heel roles as well as they did the babyface roles.
The brothers are incredibly successful in the WWE tag team division. They won the WWE world tag team championship two times and the SmackDown tag team championship four times. Their 379 combined days as SmackDown tag team champions is the most of anyone.
5 HIGH CHIEF PETER MAIVIA
High Chief Peter Maivia is one of the earliest successful Samoan wrestlers in the industry. He was born as an Ali'i family member but became a blood brother to Amituanai Anoa'i, who was the father of the Wild Samoans (Afa and Sika). This means that Peter Maivia and his descendants are regarded as a member of the family.
Over his wrestling career, Peter Maivia won several titles, all as a member of the NWA. He was a two-time Texas Heavyweight Champion, held the NWA New Zealand British Empire Commonwealth title twice, and numerous others. He entered the WWE Hall of Fame in 2008.
4 SAMOA JOE
Unlike most Samoan wrestlers on this list, Samoa Joe is not related in any way to the Anoa'i family. Joe was born in Orange County, California, and spent his childhood in Hawaii. His family even started a Polynesian dance troupe and performed at the 1984 Summer Olympics when Joe was just five.
While Samoa Joe is not part of the Anoa'i family, it is clear he is proud of his heritage based on his name. Over his career, Joe was the longest reigning ROH world champion at one time, won the TNA world title once, and has been a two-time NXT and two-time U.S. Champion in WWE.
3 THE WILD SAMOANS
The Wild Samoans are really where the popularity of the Samoan wrestlers started. Afa and Sika were brothers and took on the role of the crazed, animalistic Samoan monsters who never spoke, only grunted and growled, and had manager Capt. Lou Albano do their speaking for them.
They were very successful as a tag team, winning the WWF tag team titles three times. However, the Wild Samoans won titles all over the world. By the time they officially stopped working together 24 years later, the brothers were 21-time tag team champions. They entered the WWE Hall of Fame in 2007.
Umaga came onto the scene in WWE first in 2001. He worked with his cousin Rosey (Roman Reigns' brother) in the tag team 3-Minute Warning. They were a gimmick tag team that came out and beat up anyone who annoyed Eric Bischoff. When he returned a few years later, he was the unbeatable Umaga.
Umaga was the son of Fatu of the Wild Samoans and the bother of the Tonga Kid and Rikishi. As dominating as he was, Umaga only won the Intercontinental title twice. However, he was involved in one of the most infamous WrestleMania matches in history. Bobby Lashley pinned Umaga, and Donald Trump shaved Vince McMahon's head.
1 JACOB FATU
There is one Samoan wrestler on this list that many mainstream wrestling fans have never heard of. Jacob Fatu, as his name signifies, is part of Fatu's family line in the Anoa'i family. He is the son of the Tonga Kid, nephew of Rikishi, and first cousin of the Usos.
He is also someone that wrestling fans should watch out for. Jacob made his wrestling debut in 2012, trained by Rikishi, and chose to work for Major League Wrestling. He is a perfect fit for the Anoa'i family and is the reigning MLW World Heavyweight Champion.