Success Stories

Tony Smith

I was born and raised in MIAMI FL, I am the second youngest of five children.
Growing up, I was a simple kid; as long as I was able to eat and play, I was a happy camper. The first time I was exposed to wrestling was back in 1997. I remember walking in to the living room on my oldest brother watching television at the age of 7. I seen a guy with a costume on hitting another guy with a steel chair, and then he did a weird dance. I found that to be very funny and cool. I sat down next to my brother, and begin to watch. I asked him what is this, and he replied "This is professional wrestling." From that point on, my oldest brother and I would watch wrestling all the time. I thank god for exposing me to Wrestling, because it kept me out of the streets and out of trouble. In the afternoon when I came home from school, my brother and I used to wrestle in the house when my mom was at work. Sorry about the coffee table mom.

Wrestling became part of me in a big way. I began to emulate my favorite wrestlers when I was in school. A young kid walking down the halls as if he was Undertaker, or have the charisma of The Rock. I soon realized that wrestling was me, and this what I wanted to do with my life. This is my dream.
I did Amateur, freestyle, and Greco Roman wrestling in high school. I have had some setbacks that prevented from doing what I love, including neck surgery, a 2% chance of living, but God has given me a second chance in life. The opportunity to live out my dream. I approach every day now as if it was my last. Showing love, being understanding, and believing God at his worlds " I can do all things through our lord who strength is within me."

Given this chance and opportunity from the Wild Samoan family and Usos Foundation is a great honor for a young man such as myself, to be able to live out his dream.

I wanted to e-mail you and tell you thanks again for everything that you have done for me. Last night was the greatest thing I have experienced thus far in wrestling and I owe it all to you. Without you I wouldn't have had the chance to even wrestle in the first place but you took me in under the Usos foundation and I can't explain how eternally grateful I am and forever will be. I look at this as a great experience for myself and will continue to work hard and try to get bigger as far as physically is concerned. I just started a new workout plan for myself so I hope to gain some weight this year. I will continue to perform to the best of my ability every time I'm out there for you, and represent WXW the way I always have and the way I feel it should be represented. I was very proud to be able to tell people that I'm from the Wild Samoan Training Center, Pops' school. And I thank you once again from the bottom of my heart. Pops once again I cant tell you how much I appreciate you and everything you have done for me and my family as a whole and I truly thank you and your family from the bottom of my heart. I won't let you down. I'll continue to work hard in order to succeed in this business. I love you very much and I thank you again.

Wes Peel

My name is Wes Peel and I was born in freehold, New Jersey. My parents are Lois (Shutzer) and Daniel Peel. I am an only child who graduated from Freehold Regional High School where I played 4 years varsity football and basketball.

My family and I moved to Daytona Beach, Florida in November of 2001 and it was there that I began to fulfill my dream of becoming a pro wrestler. In 2006 I read an article about a wrestling school called the School of Hard Knocks, which was a few minutes from my house. I trained there for about eight months. 

In late 2007 I lost my Mother to lung cancer, and I promised her that I would keep my dream alive in pro wrestling. I moved to Orlando to further my training at a school that was ranked the best in the area at the time. However in 2008 the school closed down.

In the beginning of 2009 I was introduced to Afa (Pops), Ricky Santana, and Haku. Through the Wild Samoan Training Center - WXW Wrestling and Usos Foundation, they started to mentor me and teach me the things I was lacking to make it to the next level. They helped me get ready for the WWE camp, where I was looked at by WWE head of talent Relations John Laurinaitis, who invited me to come to WWE Raw for a tryout and the feeling I had after hearing that was surreal. Even though I didn't get a WWE contract this time around, I now know I have what it takes to make my dream come true just by the fact that John invited me there and with Pops, Ricky and Haku mentoring me I know I will make to the WWE one day.

Usos Foundation Board Members

Usos Foundation Board Members

Executive Director: Andy Salgado

President: Afa Anoa'i

Vice President: Lynn Anoa'i

Board:

Vale Anoa'i

Clifford Aubuchon

Steve Erickson

Pam Serviss

David Yeager

 

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Charity Wines

Usos Foundation is proud to announce that we have partnered with Charity Wines for their newest brand, Legend Cellars. We are honored to be the first wrestling affiliation with this great fundraising opportunity. Legend Cellars recently released four brand new wines to accompany the eight original wines featuring professional wrestlers. The inaugural release included wines featuring wrestling superstars, The Wild Samoans, Rocky Johnson, Scott Hall, Samu, Haku, The Iron Sheik, Ricky Santana, and the late Davey Boy Smith. The four new wines feature High Chief Peter Maivia, Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka, The Magnificent Don Muraco, and the Alofa Forever sparkling white wine featuring High Chief Peter Maivia and his wife Lia Maivia. Proceeds from the sale of these wines benefits Usos - The Samoan Family Foundation.

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