Tamina Snuka

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Tamina Snuka

Tamina in 2013.
Ring name(s)Tamina[1]
Tamina Snuka
Sarona Snuka
Billed height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)[2]
Billed weight140 lb (64 kg)[3]
Born(1978-01-10) January 10, 1978 (age 35)[3]
Vancouver, Washington
Billed fromIslands of Fiji and Samoa
Pacific Islands[4]
Debut2009[4][5]
 
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Tamina Snuka

Tamina in 2013.
Ring name(s)Tamina[1]
Tamina Snuka
Sarona Snuka
Billed height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)[2]
Billed weight140 lb (64 kg)[3]
Born(1978-01-10) January 10, 1978 (age 35)[3]
Vancouver, Washington
Billed fromIslands of Fiji and Samoa
Pacific Islands[4]
Debut2009[4][5]

Sarona Reiher[4] (born January 10, 1978)[3] is a professional wrestler[4] who works for WWE under the ring name Tamina Snuka.[6]

Reiher is the daughter of WWE Hall of Famer Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka, and the younger sister of former WWE wrestler, Deuce.[4] Reiher began her wrestling career after earning the first Lia Maivia Scholarship to train in professional wrestling at the Wild Samoan Training Center.[5]

In December 2009, Reiher signed a developmental contract with World Wrestling Entertainment, and was assigned to Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW), WWE's developmental territory.[7] In May 2010, Reiher debuted on the main roster alongside The Usos feuding with the Hart Dynasty (David Hart Smith, Tyson Kidd, and Natalya).[8] She later began an on-screen relationship with Santino Marella in August 2010, also becoming his and Vladimir Koslov's valet.[9] In April 2011, Reiher was drafted to SmackDown as part of the 2011 Supplemental Draft,[10] aligning herself with Alicia Fox and Rosa Mendes feuding with Natalya and the Chickbusters (AJ and Kaitlyn).[11] In November 2011, she began an on-screen relationship with JTG, becoming his valet.[12] In November 2012, she would return from a back injury at the Survivor Series pay-per-view attacking AJ Lee and aligning herself with Vickie Guerrero.[13]

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Early career

Sarona first began in wrestling after she received the first Lia Maivia Scholarship to train in professional wrestling career at the Wild Samoan Training Center.[5]

Professional wrestling career

World Wrestling Entertainment

Florida Championship Wrestling (2009–2010)

On December 26, 2009 it was reported through WXW's official twitter account that WWE signed Reiher to a developmental contract and would report to their developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling for further training.[7] Reiher would then report to FCW on March 19 competing in a six diva tag team match at a house show.[14] Reiher would then transition to managing the Uso brothers even competing in the tournament to determine the new FCW Divas Champion, but was unsuccessful in winning the title.

Raw (2010–2011)

Tamina in ring with Jimmy and Jey Uso.

On the May 24 episode of Raw, Reiher debuted as a heel under the ring name Tamina along with Jimmy and Jey Uso by attacking the Unified Tag Team Champions, The Hart Dynasty (Tyson Kidd, David Hart Smith, and Natalya).[1][8] The next week on the May 31 episode of Raw, Tamina and The Usos introduced themselves and stated that The Hart Dynasty was in the wrong place at the wrong time, and brawled and again laid out The Hart Dynasty. On the June 7 episode of Raw, Tamina and The Usos again attempted to attack The Hart Dynasty, but was unsuccessful with The Hart Dynasty getting the upper hand. Tamina and The Usos made their pay-per-view debut in a six-person mixed tag team match against The Hart Dynasty in a losing effort after Natalya pinned Tamina.[15] Two weeks later on the June 21 episode of Raw, Tamina made her debut for the brand facing off with Natalya, but ended in a no contest after The Nexus interrupted the match. On the June 28 episode of Raw, Tamina and The Usos were scheduled to face The Hart Dynasty in another six-person mixed tag team match, but instead attacked them during their entrance, leading to Tamina throwing Natalya in the ring and executing the Super Fly Splash and left with the Usos.[16] On the July 12 episode of Raw, Tamina and The Usos won their first match by defeating The Hart Dynasty in a six-person mixed tag team match.[17] At the Money in the Bank pay-per-view, Tamina accompanied The Usos to a tag team match against The Hart Dynasty in a losing effort.[18] On the July 26 episode of Raw, Tamina along with Jimmy Uso accompanied Jey Uso to a singles match against Randy Orton, but was unsuccessful in defeating Orton.[19]

On the August 8 episode of Raw, Tamina began flirting with Santino Marella, hinting a face turn. Two weeks later, Tamina accompanied The Usos in a tag team match against Santino Marella and Vladimir Kozlov in a losing effort, but Tamina would then afterwards stop the Usos from attacking Santino, and blew a kiss to Santino as she left the ring.[20] On the September 27 episode of Raw, Tamina competed in a #1 contender diva battle royal, which was ultimately won by Natalya.[21] On the October 11 episode of Raw, Tamina joined Santino Marella after his victory over Zack Ryder and celebrated with him.[22] A few weeks later on the November 8 episode of Raw, Tamina teamed with Alicia Fox and Maryse in a Diva Cup Match in a losing effort to Eve Torres and The Bella Twins. On the November 15 episode of Raw, Tamina accompanied The Usos to a #1 contender tag team match against Santino Marella and Vladimir Kozlov in a losing effort.[23] Tamina made a backstage appearance with Santino Marella and Vladimir Kozlov on the November 22 episode of Raw when she serenaded and kissed Santino. Two weeks later on the November 29 episode of Raw, Tamina teamed with Alicia Fox and Maryse in a six diva tag team match against Natalya, Gail Kim, and Melina, but was distracted by Santino Marella serenading her, and she left the ring with Santino, turning her character into a face.

On the December 6 episode of Raw, Tamina began an on-screen relationship with Santino Marella, beginning by accompanying him and his partner Vladimir Kozlov in a three elimination tag team match against the teams of The Nexus (Justin Gabriel and Heath Slater) and The Usos in a winning effort, as Tamina walked in the ring and kissed Santino, officially becoming the valet of the team.[9] On the December 20 episode of Raw, Tamina teamed with her on-screen boyfriend Santino Marella in a mixed tag team match in a winning effort against Maryse and Ted DiBiase Jr. after Tamina executed the Super Fly Splash to Maryse. The next week on the December 27 episode of Raw, Tamina accompanied Santino Marella in a singles match in a winning effort to Ted DiBiase, leading to Tamina and Santino being attacked by both DiBiase and Maryse, after Santino and Tamina made a comeback, they both executed The Cobra on DiBiase and Maryse. On the January 3 episode of Raw, Tamina accompanied Santino Marella and Vladimir Kozlov in a tag team match against The Usos in a losing effort, and was afterwards confronted by the Usos, who later was headbutted by Kozlov and received a double Cobra from Marella and Tamina.[24] On the February 2 episode of WWE Superstars, Tamina competed in her first singles match as a fan favorite, facing Melina in a losing effort.

SmackDown; NXT appearances and Injury (2011–2012)

Tamina at a SmackDown live event in January 2012.

After being drafted to the SmackDown brand as part of the 2011 supplemental draft,[10] Tamina turned heel on the May 27 episode of SmackDown teaming with Alicia Fox in a diva tag team match defeating The Chickbusters (AJ and Kaitlyn) who were accompanied by their mentor Natalya with Fox pinning Kaitlyn.[11] A week later on SmackDown, Tamina and Fox again defeated The Chickbusters, with Tamina pinning AJ.[25] On the June 13 episode of WWE Superstars, Tamina competed in a 6 diva tag team match with Alicia Fox and Rosa Mendes in a losing effort to AJ, Kaitlyn, and Natalya with AJ pinning Fox.[26] Tamina then began appearing on the fifth season of NXT Redemption, where she continued her feud with Kaitlyn debuting on the October 26 episode of NXT Redemption in a losing effort.[27] On the November 2 episode of NXT Redemption, Tamina would lose again in a rematch against Kaitlyn, thus ending their feud.[28] Tamina would then begin an on-screen relationship with JTG, becoming his valet. She accompanied him on the November 9 episode of NXT Redemption in a losing effort against old partner Jimmy Uso, who was also accompanied by Jey Uso.[12]

On the December 30 episode of SmackDown, Tamina competed in a diva tag team match teaming with Natalya in a losing effort to Kaitlyn and Alicia Fox with Fox pinning Natalya, and would afterwards attack Natalya, turning face in the process, and beginning a feud between the two about their respective families. The following week on the January 6 episode of SmackDown, Tamina faced off in singles competition against Natalya in a winning effort, a feat she would repeat on the January 12 episode of SmackDown again defeating Natalya.

On the February 10 episode of SmackDown, Tamina saved Alicia Fox from being attacked by Beth Phoenix, where the two would then have a stare down with Tamina challenging Phoenix. The following week on the February 17 episode of SmackDown, Tamina competed in a diva tag team match with Alicia Fox in a winning effort against Beth Phoenix and Natalya. At the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view, Tamina (now billed as Tamina Snuka) failed to capture the WWE Divas Championship in a match against Beth Phoenix.[6]

On the April 25 episode of NXT Redemption, Tamina teamed with Kaitlyn in a diva tag team match defeating the team of Maxine and Natalya. On the May 9 episode of NXT Redemption Tamina competed in singles competition against Maxine in losing effort.[29] On the June 6 episode of NXT Redemption, Tamina competed in singles competition against Natalya in a winning effort.[30] At the Money In The Bank pay-per-view, Tamina teamed up with Layla and Kaitlyn who later on defeated the team of Beth Phoenix, Natalya and Eve Torres. On the August 20 episode of Raw, Tamina would compete in a diva battle royal to become the #1 contender for the Divas Championship to face Layla at the Night of Champions pay-per-view, but was unsuccessful in winning the match.[31]

Return (2012–present)

After three months of inactivity, Tamina returned from injury at the Survivor Series pay-per-view interrupting a segment between AJ Lee and Vickie Guerrero by attacking AJ from behind, turning heel in the process.[13] Snuka made her in-ring return on the November 26 edition of Raw, competing against the Alicia Fox in a winning effort.[32] On the December 3 edition of Raw, Snuka competed against AJ Lee in a losing effort. At the pre-show of the TLC pay-per-view on December 16, 2012, Snuka participated in a "Santa's Little Helpers" battle royal but failed to win after being eliminated by Kaitlyn and eventually winner Naomi. On the December 24th of Raw, Tamina teams up with Rosa, Aksana and Divas Champion Eve in a losing effort to Alicia Fox, Natalya, Kaitlyn and Layla in a Santa's helper 8 diva tag team match.[33][34]

On the January 2, 2013 episode of NXT, Snuka defeated Sasha Banks in a singles match.[35] On the Janauary 4 edition of SmackDown!, Snuka defeated Layla in a singles match.[36] On the Janauary 28, 2013 episode of Raw, Snuka competed against Divas Champion Kaitlyn in a lumberjill match. The match in a no-contest after the Lumberjills interfered.[37] On the February 6 episode of Main Event, Snuka teamed up with Aksana against Naomi and Cameron in a losing effort after Naomi pinned Aksana. On the February 11 edition of Raw, it was announced that Snuka will face Kaitlyn at Elimination Chamber for the Divas Championship.[38]. On the February 15 episode of Friday Night SmackDown!, Tamina took on Layla in a winning effort after a Samoan Drop and a Superfly Splash. Tamina competed against Kaitlyn for the Divas Championship at Elimination Chamber but would come in a losing effort.[39] On the February 22 episode of Smackdown Snuka once again teamed with Aksana in a losing effort againist Layla and Kaitlyn.

In wrestling

Tamina performing the Superfly Splash
Tamina performing the Superfly Splash

Championships and accomplishments

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