Sim Snuka / Deuce

Posted: January 25, 2012 in 2009, June
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When Jimmy Reiher Jr. signed for WWE in January 2005, he debuted as ‘Deuce Shade’ in their developmental territory OVW defeating Brent Albright in his debut match.

A year later he started teaming with Dice Domino as part of a team called ‘The Throw-Backs’. They were soon joined by Cherry Pie, and dropped the ‘Shade’, ‘Dice’ and ‘Pie’ part of their names. Soon after Deuce defeated Mike Mizanin to win the OVW Southern Tag Team Championships for his team.

In January 2007, they were called up to the Smackdown! roster, going by the name of ‘Deuce ‘n Domino’. Now with Cherry as their manager they went on to defeat a series of jobber teams in the first few weeks.

Their big chance came soon when they won a non-title match against the then Tag Team Champions, Brian Kendrick and Paul London. This earned them a title shot at No Way Out but it ended up being a losing effort.

However, in April 2007, at the third time of asking they finally captured Tag Team gold from Kendrick and London on an episode of Smackdown!.

They successfully defended the title on two occasions. The first in a triple threat Tag Team match against the teams of London and Kendrick, and William Regal and Dave Taylor, and the second was a special moment for Sim Snuka as they defeated Sgt. Slaughter and his real life Dad, Jimmy ‘Superfly’ Snuka at Vengeance.

Their run came to a halt in June when Domino suffered a genuine broken nose during a match with Cryme Tyme, which kept him sidelined for a month.

After Domino’s return they entered into a short feud with Evolution’s Ric Flair and Batista. Then a storyline with MVP and Matt Hardy saw them lose their Tag Team titles to them on Smackdown! and then fail to regain the at Unforgiven.

Deuce ‘n Domino’s push came to an end with this this loss and they began to appear less and less on Smackdown!. On the few occasions they did appear they faced the likes of Jesse and Festus, Jimmy Wang Yang and Shannon Moore, and Finlay and Hornswoggle.

The last notable incident that happened betwwen them came when they replaced their manager Cherry with Maryse. But after more losses, Deuce became frustrated and punched Domino in the face, thus ending their team in June 2008.

In June 2008, Deuce was sent to Raw as part of the supplemental draft, but it wasn’t until September that he debuted. When he did he acknowledged that his Dad was Jimmy Snuka and that he wanted to be known as ‘Sim Snuka’.

In the weeks that followed he became involved in a storyline that involved several young 2nd and 3rd generation wrestlers such as Cody Rhodes, Ted DiBiase Jr and Manu. They were all looking to prove themselves worthy of becoming a part of Randy Orton’s new stable known as ‘The Legacy’ by passing tests that he set for them.

Snuka was failed his task, but Manu and DiBiase were also angry with Orton for the way they were treated so decided to confront Orton and Rhodes. When they the two groups met in the ring, DiBiase turned on Manu and Snuka, and became the third member of ‘The Legacy’.

Snuka’s last appearance in WWE came as a camerman during the The Undertaker v Shawn Michaels match at Wrestlemania 25, where he failed to catch The Undertaker when he dived over the top rope.

He was released from his contract in June 2009.

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