As both Roman Reigns and Jason Momoa have been gaining popularity, for very different reasons, many fans have noticed that the men look quite similar. This has led fans of the wrestling star, Roman Reigns, and the actor, Jason Momoa, to wonder if they are related.
Despite their similarities in looks, Jason Momoa and Roman Reigns are not related. Their similarities might come from the fact that both men are of Samoan descent. Regardless of their similarities, the two men are not related.
Continue reading to find out what, if any, similarities Jason Momoa and Roman Reigns have.
A Samoan Upbringing
Roman Reigns, or Leati Joseph Anoa’i, is a professional wrestler and actor. He is signed to the World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. (WWE). He is well-known because his family, the Anoa’is are famous in wrestling.
Almost every man in the Anoa’i family has been or still is a wrestler, going back at least four generations. Other famous Samoans like Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson are honorary members of the family as well.
He was, however, born and raised in the United States. More specifically, he was born in Pensacola, Florida in 1985 and currently resides in Tampa, Florida.
This is one thing that Roman Reigns and Jason Momoa do have in common, part of their background.
Jason Momoa was born in Nānākuli, Honolulu, Hawaii in 1979, but moved to Norwalk, Iowa with his mother when he was six months old. After high school, he moved back to Hawaii briefly. He currently lives in Los Angeles, California, but visits Hawaii often.
Mamoa’s father, Joseph Momoa is of Samoan and Hawaiian ancestry. His mother, Coni Lemke, is of German, Irish and Native American descent.
So even though they are not related, both Momoa and Roman Reign are mixed with Samoan descent. Similarly, both men were raised in the United States.
Reign and Momoa’s Other Similarities
In addition to their Samoan descent, both men are often mistaken as being related because they have similar looks.
Both Momoa and Roman Reigns have said that they are aware of the comparison that people make between them as they hear it from fans a lot.
Another reason both men often get compared is because of their prominent arm tattoos. Their tattoos also have a similar meaning.
Roman Reigns has his whole, right arm tattooed leading all the way up to, and including, his chest and back. This tattoo is meant to represent his Polynesian culture and is said to protect him
Polynesia encompasses many islands, notably Hawaii, Samoa, Tonga, Tahiti and more. Tattoos in Samoa specifically, were religious or often used as an intimidation tactic. Most men and women were, and still are, heavily tattooed.
Both Roman Reigns and Jason Momoa have Polynesian-style tattoos. Momoa’s, however, is much smaller and is on his left forearm. His tattoo is made up of small triangles to represent shark’s teeth
This is because the Momoa family’s ‘aumakuea is a shark. An ‘aumakuea in Hawaiian mythology is the family’s guardian and protection.
The two men also have tattoos that represent their children, which they both have three of. Roman Reign has a turtle with a flower on his back to represent his daughter, Jojo.
Momoa has a tattoo of his children’s, Lola and Nakoa-Wolf, signatures prominently displayed on his chest.
So, despite not being related, Jason Momoa and Roman Reign do have a lot of similarities.