Success Stories

Junior (Havoc)

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, Junior (Havoc) Allentown, P.A.

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!

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.

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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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