Who Are Liana Snuka, Tamina Snuka And Ata Snuka, Jimmy Snuka Daughter?

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Even though not all of Jimmy Snuka’s kids followed his path, people still remember him when they see his daughter.

Little is known about his daughter Liana, but Tamina Snuka is a wrestler, and Ata is a collegiate basketball player. 

Jimmy Snuka In His Prime Flexing His Muscles
Jimmy Snuka In His Prime Flexing His Muscles (Source: NBC)

James Reiher Snuka was born on May 18, 1943, in the British colony of Fiji. He is an American professional wrestler, better known by the ring name Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka.

Snuka migrated to the Marshall Islands and subsequently to Hawaii as a child with his family. In the 1960s, Snuka competed in amateur bodybuilding in Hawaii.

He was also a professional bodybuilder, gaining the titles Mr. Hawaii, Mr. Waikiki, and Mr. North Shore.

From the 1970s to the 2010s, Snuka wrestled for several promotions. Snuka was best known for his time in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE).

In the 1980s, he is credited with introducing the WWF to the high-flying wrestling style.

Furthermore, Eastern Championship Wrestling (later Extreme Championship Wrestling) inducted him into the WWF Hall of Fame in 1996.

Snuka held the title of the initial ECW World Heavyweight Champion twice.

Jimmy Snuka Daughter Liana, Tamina And Ata Snuka

Jimmy Snuka has been married three times in his life and is a father of not one but three children. He has two biological daughters, Liana and Tamina. 

He’s also a stepfather to daughters from his other marriages. When discussing his daughters, the most notable names are Liana, Tamina, and Ata.

Liana and Tamina are his biological daughters from his second wife, Sharon Ili. However, Ata is Sharon’s third daughter, but Jimmy is her stepfather. 

In Jimmy’s book Superfly: The Jimmy Snuka Story, he mentions that he loves all of his children equally. 

Ata goes to Umpqua Community College, where she plays basketball. In terms of her schooling, she graduated from Douglas High School, which is located in 1950s Winston, Oregon.

Jimmy Snuka's Daughters With Their Mother
Jimmy Snuka’s Daughters With Their Mother (Source: Facebook)

There, she competed in basketball, volleyball, and track. She earned the titles of All-League and All-State in high school and secured the ninth position in the discus event at the state championship.

Male’ata came to Umpqua to acquire her degree in Golf Course Management. She hopes to one day develop her own specialized golf facilities all over the world.

As per her Instagram, Ata is currently dating a guy called Coolby Ootle. But, there is not a lot of information on Liana. 

She seems like someone who likes to keep to her own bubble. Hence, she has no social media to her name. 

His daughter Tamina decided to follow in his footsteps and become a wrestler. Tamina is actually her ring name, as her real name is Sarona Moana Marie Reiher Snuka-Polamalu.

They are all cousins to the famous wrestler and movie star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

His Girlfriend Nancy Argentino’s Murder Charges 

On May 10, 1983, only hours after defeating José Estrada during a WWF television taping at the Lehigh County Agricultural Hall in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Snuka requested an ambulance.

When emergency workers arrived at his room in George Washington Motor Lodge, they discovered that his girlfriend, Nancy Argentino, had been hurt.

Allentown’s Sacred Heart Medical Center took her in, but she succumbed shortly after from “undetermined craniocerebral injuries.”

On September 1, 2015, 32 years after the incident, Snuka was arrested and charged with third-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter for Argentino’s death.

Jimmy Snuka With His Girlfriend Nancy Who Dies In The 80s
Jimmy Snuka With His Girlfriend Nancy Who Dies In The 80s (Source: CourierPostOnline)

But, on November 2, 2015, Snuka pleaded not guilty before Judge Kelly Banach. On June 1, 2016, Banach decided that Snuka was not mentally competent to stand trial for murder.

So, his advocates argued that his health would not improve with time, yet a fresh hearing would be conducted six months later to re-evaluate his competency.

On January 3, 2017, Banach dropped the charges, ruling that Snuka was mentally ill to stand trial.

Bibek Dhoj Thapa
Bibek Dhoj Thapa

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