It is an absolute honor to receive this scholarship from Afa and the Usos Foundation. They are helping me one step at a time to try to achieve my dream of being a pro wrestler and along they way I am learning a whole different meaning of the word "family". I remember the 1st time I saw Wrestling on TV, I watched The Rock deliver a Rock Bottom to Rikishi in the middle of the ring. I find it amazing how now I am training underneath Pops' guidance and teachings. It's hard to believe that it was not destiny that made this possible.
When I was younger, everyone would shoot down my dream of becoming a pro wrestler. If you were to ask my friends and family 10 years ago if they thought I would ever be this far along towards reaching my dream they would've thought you were delusional. I love that I can now stand here today and prove all of them wrong. I went through a very dark time before Afa and Mom awarded me this scholarship. I had lost 3 of my best friends within 3 weeks, popped 3 of the tires on my car with no money to pay for them, and my family got foreclosed on our house, and then one day I was stuck outside my house in the cold and rain for an hour straight. I had to punch a hole through a glass window in order to let myself back in. When I got inside I lay down and passed out as I thought to myself... can it get much worse than this?
The very next day I went to Wrestling Training at the Gym and Mom and Pops called me into their office and told me that they would love to give the Adam Carreras Scholarship to me. Just at the sound of what they had just told me, I burst into tears and thought that all the suffering I had been enduring the past few months had finally paid off. It was like a dream come true for me and my family. My mom was also very excited and struck with emotion. She was so distraught over the fact that she didn't have the money to help me pay for my dream and she loves and thanks Mom and Pops for providing me with the opportunity that she couldn't.
I have learned so much from my time with Pops and the rest of his blood family and the WXW family. I have learned that Family is most important 'cause they will always be there for you through anything. I've learned that there is only one man who has talent on loan from god in PC- Richard J Creiado. I've learned that O'Doyle Rules!. I've learned that a match with Dylan Night and Candi will always be High Profile. I've learned that there is no one more explosive than TNT Mottley. I've learned to believe in Nick Nero. I've learned that there is no better 3 time Cruiserweight champion more high flying than Sean Maluta. I've learned that no one can eat their own pants and a bag of potato chips better than The Puerto Rican Hound Dog. I've learned that there is only one Silverback from the outback, Mark Silva. I've learned there is no one more Frat-tastic than Chris Russo. I've learned that there is no one more funky than Jamaican Funk and more funny than Hatchet City. I've learned that there is no one more sweet and beautiful than Miss Kimberly. I've learned to always try to have a nice day with a side of BANG BANG!! I've learned that I have a great friend in Kekoa The Hawaiian Warrior. Last but not least I have learned that there is no one more vicious, more ruthless, more aggressive, more wild, and more kind, more loving, more caring... than Pops. I love Pops so much and I would take a bullet for him. That's saying a lot because Noah is one of my best friends and I wouldn't take a bullet for him. Might push him out of the way though.
I would like to thank all of the Wrestling Legends associated with Pops and the Usos Foundation as well as all over the world, because without the dreams of younger wrestlers, today wouldn't even become a reality if it wasn't for them. I would like to thank my girlfriend for always supporting me and keeping my spirits up through all my hardships and troubles. I would like to thank the parents of Adam for establishing such a wonderful scholarship in his name. I would also like to give a special thank you to one person who is not here tonight; Aleki. Before he left I told him that I loved him even though I've only known him for a short while. He told me something that I'll never forget and that is this: " You need to do more than being a Ref. Not only do you need to but you are capable of being and doing so much more." I will never forget that. People like him are what drive me to keep going, keep pushing until I cant push anymore. I know if he was here right now he would tell everyone... that we suck.. with love of course.
Once again a special thanks to the Usos Foundation and everyone else who made this possible for myself.
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
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.
Dear Wild Samoan Training Center,
First of all, I would like to thank Afa and Lynn for giving me an opportunity to do something I love more than life, which is to wrestle. I want to personally thank Afa for taking me off the streets away from the gangs, drugs and the rest of the trouble that surrounds me. By letting me wrestle, Afa has given me goals to succeed in life as well as in wrestling. Wrestling has changed my life completely. I don't get into trouble in school anymore, but I'm still having a little trouble in school. Then again, I always had trouble in school. I know with Afa and Lynn's help, I can change that too. Basically what I'm trying to say is "thank you" Pops And Mom for giving me something positive and good in my life. I will never forget it and I will always love you for that, always.
Sincerely Your Son,
New WXW Champion, a member of Usos:
By Eric Shaffer, WXW Staff
World Xtreme Wrestling has a new Heavyweight Champion, and he is a proud graduate of the Wild Samoan Training Center and an exemplary member of the charitable organization known as Usos. The Usos foundation was created by Afa the Wild Samoan and is named for the Samoan words for "brotherhood" or "we are brothers". One of the goals of the program is to enhance the lives of young people by giving them positive outlets and keeping them away from negative influences.
One of these youths saw his dream come true, as "Hurricane" Havoc turned his life around and is now the WXW Heavyweight Champion. The former WXW Television Champion and Wrestler of the Month (July 2002) rose through the ranks and took home the top prize on November 12th 2005. But this success story was nearly five years in the making. As a teenager, Havoc came to the Wild Samoan Training Center in hopes of becoming a professional wrestler. Through his Usos foundation, Afa emphasizes the importance of hard work and goal setting rather than giving in to outside pressures that youths may find on the streets. This is precisely what Havoc was looking to do.
Before joining Usos and the Wild Samoan Training Center, Havoc admitted to having difficulty in school and trying to stay away from the temptations of drugs and gang violence. Through Afas motivation and tough love, Havoc strived to live his dream as a professional wrestler and it paid off through the next five years of training and wrestling. At a recent match in his hometown of Allentown, Pennsylvania, Havoc defeated Bison Bravado to earn the WXW Heavyweight Title.
The family values that Afa instills in his trainees was immediately evident following Havoc's match. Before he could even thank anyone, Havoc was joined in a proud congratulatory embrace by his younger brother who has idolized him from the start of his career, even once dressing as him for a Halloween costume contest! In an emotional interview, Havoc then told the crowd that he never thought he would make it to the top of what he loved doing, and had overcome many obstacles to get there. He was extremely grateful of Afa the Wild Samoan for believing in him and giving him a chance to make a difference and prove himself.
On behalf of the Usos Foundation, World X-Treme Wrestling, the Wild Samoan Training Center and its extended families, we would like to proudly congratulate "Hurricane" Havoc on living his dream and overcoming the odds to make it to the top!