Lei’d Tapa has had the business in her genes from the start. It’s no wonder where Tapa gets her intimidating presence, and pre-disposition to inflict pain from. Tapa, who is Tongan, is the niece of the legendary powerhouse The Barbarian, best known from such notorious tag teams as The Powers of Pain and The Faces of Fear. Tapa shows many glimpses of her uncle’s ring style and temper, but is also proud to represent her heritage as the first female Tongan to be prominently featured within professional wrestling. Tapa was a star athlete all throughout her life, including NCAA Division I vollyball in college, as well as four successful years in a women’s professional football league. However, it wasn’t long before it was time to follow in her uncle’s footsteps, and it was clear she made others take notice right away. With her intimidating stature and undeniable presence,
Tapa was one of very few to successfully pass through TNA’s Gut Check Challenge, eventually winding up as the chief associate of one of the greatest female competitors of all-time, Gail Kim. While the association was a plus for both parties, it eventually came to an end, and Tapa switched her focus to arguably the most successful training school in wrestling, OVW, to refine her skills. Tapa has burst back into the headlines in a major way, as one of the major forces within the GFW Women’s Division, and also as the only female wrestler who has dared to cross over and do battle with TNA’s Knockouts on their own turf, including going blow-for-blow with Awesome Kong. With her frequent adviser, manager and spokesman Royal Red often by her side, a unique presence in his own right, it seems like Lei’d Tapa is ready to conquer all, and add further to a legacy of pain and punishment that would make her uncle proud.