Success Stories

Laurel Bullock Varty

I was born Laurel Danielle Bullock Varty, the only child of a failed marriage between two star crossed friends. I took my great-grandmother's maiden name, O'Connor, to celebrate my Celtic heritage.

My parents divorced when I was a toddler, my estranged father was never a positive part of my life. My single mother's parents struggled to assert a positive influence, providing balance and stability.

I struggled in school, due to a difficult home life and chronic health problems. Small for my age and bullied, I found courage and confidence through sports, bodybuilding and martial arts. Wrestling, music and performance art were an escape for me.

After much upheaval, I enrolled in UCF on an exceptionally high scoring GED and entrance exam, but was unable to graduate, losing my financial aid due to a severe ear infection of which nearly cost me my hearing.

We lost our family house to foreclosure, forcing yet another difficult round of hardship and insecurity. I pursued a career in sports journalism, not very lucrative, but it enabled me to go places I would not have been granted access. At one event, I was plucked from the audience by a friend and offered the opportunity to be a part of the wrestling promotion. Initially declining the offer, I soon realized that this may be a way to manifest the dreams that I had been forced to set aside.

I found myself on the card with the very wrestler who introduced me to the WXW Family and the Anoa'i Dynasty. Recognizing that my heart is truly in this business, Afa and his famous family has taken me under their considerable wing. My life will never be the same, and I remain forever grateful for this opportunity.

Clifford Aubuchon

My name is Clifford Aubuchon. My parents are Debbie Aubuchon and Jack Jackson, and I was born in Woodland, CA. I’ve been watching wrestling my whole life, and I feel very thankful to have this opportunity.


I grew up in Woodland and went to high school at Woodland High, where I played football. A few years after I graduated, I joined the military where I spent almost six years before being honorably discharged. During this time I was stationed in Fort Leavenworth, KS, Fort Sill, OK and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.


Life has been difficult since being discharged, re-adjusting to civilian life. Moving to Florida and meeting Afa Anoa’i and the WXW family has really helped me in my transition and given me new goals for my life. I plan to become a referee for professional wrestling. I am thankful for having this opportunity to work for WXW.

Johnny Bellswinger

Dear Lynn & Pops, About 7yrs ago, in the month of February, I was working for a company that was doing nothing for me. I was always in trouble for something stupid. I had never liked what was going on until you came along and offered me a position with you. I'm really happy you both did. Look what they both did for me! You kept me off the streets, out of trouble, and kept me away from all chemicals that do harm to people. Plus you all allowed me to train with you to be what I always dreamed of. And that is: "a bodacious referee." Because of you both: Afa & Lynn, and the training center, I became successful in what I love, and that is being a referee. If it weren't for the two of you, I would not be living my dream in any promotion on the east coast. Thank you Mom & Pops. I'll will always love you both.

Love you both always,
Your Son & "Bodacious Referee"
Johnny Bellswinger

(Editor's Note: Shortly after writing his letter of thanks, Johnny Moyer passed away on August 20, 2003. He was hit by a car on his way home from work and died from the injuries. Johnny was nominated for referee of the year, 2003 and had a bright future with the sport that he loved so much. His untimely death has touched Afa and Lynn Anoa'i so deeply as they thought of him as a son. He will surely be missed by the Usos and Anoa'i family)

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Usos Foundation Board Members

Usos Foundation Board Members

Executive Director: Andy Salgado

President: Afa Anoa'i

Vice President: Lynn Anoa'i

Board:

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Clifford Aubuchon

Steve Erickson

Pam Serviss

David Yeager

 

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