Sarona Moana-Marie Reiher Snuka is a 43-year-old professional wrestler from Vancouver, Washington. She currently wrestles on WWE’s SmackDown under the ring name, Tamina. Snuka is one half of the Women’s WWE Tag Team Champions alongside Natalya.
Snuka is a second-generation wrestler as her father is WWE Hall of Famer, Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka. She began her wrestling career after she received the first Lia Maivia Scholarship to train in professional wrestling career at the Wild Samoan Training Center.
Snuka’s WWE Contract & Debut
Snuka signed with WWE in 2010 and made her debut on May 24, 2010 on RAW as a heel. Alongside Jimmy and Jey Uso, Tamina attacked the Unified Tag Team Champions, The Hart Dynasty (Tyson Kidd, David Hart Smith, and Natalya), which resulted in a long-standing feud between the two stables.
On June 20, 2010, Tamina and the Usos were defeated by the Hart Dynasty in a six-person mixed tag team match, after Natalya pinned Tamina. Three weeks later, Tamina and The Usos won their first match by defeating The Hart Dynasty in a six-person mixed tag team match.
On September 27, 2010, Snuka competed in a Divas battle royal to determine the number one contender to the WWE Divas Championship, which was won by Natalya. She was drafted to SmackDown as part of the 2011 supplemental draft and debuted as a heel on the May 27th episode of SmackDown by defeating The Chickbusters with Alicia Fox.
At Elimination Chamber 2012, she received her title shot but was defeated by reigning champion, Beth Phoenix. In August 2012, Snuka suffered a back injury sidelining her for three months. She returned to in-ring action in November and defeated Alicia Fox.
In 2013, Snuka unsuccessfully challenged Kaitlyn for the Divas Championship at Elimination Chamber. She competed in the NXT Women’s Championship tournament to crown the inaugural champion but lost in the first round to Paige. In September 2013, Snuka returned to WWE television as the bodyguard for WWE Divas Champion, AJ Lee, and helped her retain the title by interfering in numerous matches.
Tamina’s WrestleMania Debut
On April 6 2014, Snuka made her WrestleMania debut, competing at WrestleMania XXX in the 14-Diva “Vickie Guerrero Invitational match” for the WWE Divas Championship which was won by AJ Lee. Tamina won a battle royal to become the number one contender to Paige’s Divas Championship. She faced Paige for the Divas Championship at Extreme Rules in May 2014 but failed to capture the title.
The following month, she underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL. She returned 11 months later to RAW allying herself with Naomi. Tamina made her in-ring return on May 11 on RAW defeating Brie Bella. Tamina and Naomi formed a tag team and defeated the Bella Twins in a tag team match at Payback.
After Stephanie McMahon called for a “revolution” in the Divas division in July 2015, she introduced the debuting NXT Women’s Champion Sasha Banks as an ally to Tamina and Naomi. The trio of Tamina, Naomi and Banks was later dubbed Team B.A.D. (Beautiful and Dangerous).
At Battleground, a triple threat match took place with Sasha Banks representing Team B.A.D., against Charlotte of PCB and Brie Bella for Team Bella in a losing effort. The three teams faced off at SummerSlam in a three team elimination match, where Team B.A.D. was the first team to be eliminated courtesy of Team Bella when Tamina was pinned by Brie, and PCB would win the match.
Tamina Leaves Team B.A.D.
In February 2016, Tamina and Naomi attacked Sasha Banks after she announced that she would not be part of Team B.A.D. any longer. The feud between Tamina and Naomi and Banks continued throughout February and led to a match at Fastlane where Tamina and Naomi lost to Sasha Banks and her partner, Becky Lynch. In May 2016, Tamina underwent knee surgery to repair torn ligaments and returned to in-ring action on SmackDown in February, 2017.
Tamina competed in a five-way elimination match in July 2017 to determine the number one contender for the SmackDown Women’s Championship. Unfortunately, Tamina was eliminated by Becky Lynch.
In September 2017, on an episode of SmackDown, Tamina participated in a fatal four-way match to determine the number one contender for Natalya’s SmackDown Women’s Championship. She competed against Becky Lynch, Naomi and the returning Charlotte Flair, but was unsuccessful as Flair won.
At the Royal Rumble in 2018, Tamina entered as competitor #7 during the first women’s Royal Rumble match, but was eliminated by Lita. Tamina went on hiatus after the Royal Rumble to have surgery for a torn rotator cuff.
Tamina’s Return to WWE
Tamina returned to in-ring action on an episode of RAW on October 15, 2018. At WWE Evolution, she was one of the final competitors in the woman’s battle royal but was eliminated by Ember Moon. She also competed at the Royal Rumble in January 2019 but was eliminated by Charlotte.
Tamina and Nia Jax formed an alliance and teamed together to compete at Elimination Chamber in a match for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship. They failed to win as they were eliminated by Bayley, Sasha Banks, Sonya Deville, and Mandy Rose. They also did not win the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship at Fastlane in March.
Tamina Wins 24/7 Championship
At WrestleMania 35, Tamina and Jax competed in a Fatal 4-Way match for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship. Other competitors included champions The Boss ‘n’ Hug Connection (Bayley and Banks), The IIconics (Billie Kay and Peyton Royce) and The Divas of Doom (Phoenix and Natalya). Tamina and Jax were unsuccessful when Kay pinned Bayley. Later that year, Tamina returned to action at Hell in a Cell, defeating Carmella backstage for the 24/7 Championship. The 24/7 Championship was Tamina’s first championship of her wrestling career. She lost the championship to R-Truth later that night.
Tamina competed in the 2020 Women’s Royal Rumble match. She entered as competitor #14 and lasted less than a minute before being eliminated by Bianca Belair. At WrestleMania 36, Tamina competed in a Fatal 5-Way Elimination match for Bayley’s SmackDown Women’s Championship. She was the first woman eliminated after the four women hit moves from the top rope and pinned her at once.
In May 2020, Tamina wrestled Bayley at Money In The Bank for the SmackDown Women’s Championship but was unsuccessful. On May 14th’s episode of SmackDown, Tamina and Natalya defeated Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship.
Career Championships and Accomplishments
- World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)
- WWE 24/7 Championship (1 time)
- WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship (1 time, current)