Talk about wrestlers who have not ceased to amaze the world with their skills and talents in an otherwise notoriously male-dominated field, and Sarona Moana-Marie Reiher Snuka-Polamalu, known by her ring name Tamina Snuka, would undoubtedly be counted among them. She is an American professional wrestler under contract with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and performs under the Smackdown brand.
The WWE diva didn’t really start early in the arena; she joined after a divorce and in the third decade of her life. Although she hasn’t won a title yet, she has proven herself to be a force to be reckoned with in the ring, whether by overpowering her opponents in an individual competition or acting as a strong back-up for other wrestlers. No wonder she was ranked 19th in the top 50 female PWI Female 50 wrestlers in 2012 by Pro Wrestling Illustrated.
Tamina Snuka’s Bio
Tamina is a descendent of the Fijian professional wrestler Jimmy Snuka. Her father was a Hall of Famer and actor who was known for his time in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF now WWE). Tamina, the second generation wrestler, was born on January 10, 1978, in Vancouver, Washington, USA. She is of mixed descent and has Japanese, Fijian, and Samoan roots. Since she was born into a family where wrestling is revered and practiced, it was not surprising that she chose this profession.
Her father was married three times in his life, and his second wife, Sharon Georgi, is the mother of his four children, including Sarona, her brother James Jr., who was also a professional wrestler and known as Deuce or Sim Snuka, and her sisters Ata and Liana.
Tamina Snuka took over her Superfly Flash finishing move from her father.
Everything You Need to Know about the Wrestler
Her Wrestling Career
Tamina started wrestling after following in the footsteps of her famous father and brother into the world of professional wrestling in 2009 after she received her first Lia Maivia scholarship to train at the Wild Samoan Training Center in Minneola, Florida. She signed with the WWE in late 2009 and was assigned to the Florida Championship Wrestling Development Area in 2010.
She made her wrestling debut in May 2010 as Heel (rogue character) in an episode of Raw alongside the Usos (Jimmy and Jey) against The Hart Dynasty (David Hart Smith, Tyson Kidd, and Natalya), and her debut in singles against Natalya in June of the same year ended in a No Contest. Tamina then competed on other WWE platforms such as NXT and SmackDown, where she defeated two-time women’s champion, Natalya, in January 2012. The victory against Natalya spurred her on to further victories, but mostly in tag teams.
Apart from fighting in tag teams and acting as a valet for other wrestlers, she also took on the role of bodyguard for Diva’s champion AJ Lee in 2013. Tamina Snuka also fought as a member of the women’s wrestling group Team B.A.D. (Beautiful and Dangerous), which was made up of herself, Naomi, and Sasha Banks. The team disbanded in May 2016. She also fought in WrestleMania and WWE Divas Championship.
Tamina is Related to the Wrestling Icon, The Rock
Tamina calls The Rock her cousin. So are they related? What could you say about the fact that Dwayne also referred to her late father as her uncle when he announced the news of his death. Caught by the curiosity flu, we went on a dig to see if there was any trace of a relationship between the two, even if it was far away.
Here are our findings. Dwayne is known to come from the Anoa’i dynasty of American Samoa, known as the progenitor of professional fighters and wrestlers. Roman Reigns and Naomi also belong to the same lineage. Tamina on the other hand is connected to the same family through her mother, whose father was a chief in Western Samoa. Now you can connect the points.
Her Love Life
The WWE diva was married once in her life. From 1995 to 2003 she was the wife of Brandon Polamalu, with whom she has two daughters, Milaneta and Maleate.
She allegedly had a relationship with her wrestling colleague Santino Marella after she started flirting with him in August 2010. According to rumors about her date, Tamina acted in a way that lent credibility to her alleged romance by helping Santino on occasion to avert an attack by the Usos against him. She also joined him to celebrate his victory over Zack Ryder in October 2010, and in November 2010 she appeared backstage with Santino and Vladimir Kozlov in an episode of Raw, where she serenaded and kissed him.
She also began a relationship with Santino on screen, accompanied him and his partner, and became their official servant. They had also fought in a mixed tag team where she won against Maryse and Ted DiBiase Jr.
She is an Actress
Although wrestling can be recognized as a form of acting, and Tamina Snuka, who has starred in several episodes, could take the title of an actress, she actually acted. She made her acting debut in 2014 in the movie Hercules alongside Dwayne Johnson and appeared as herself in several episodes of some TV shows like Total Divas and WWE Tough Enough.
Height, Weight, Body Measurements
Tamina has maintained a well-built physique throughout her wrestling career. She has become a versatile figure in the sport, even though she has not yet won a title, she has recovered after each injury, stronger and better than her former form. These characteristics were supported by her 1.75 m high frame and her body weight of 77 kg (170 lbs). Her body measurements are 36-26-36 inches.