Success Stories

Sarona Snuka

First of all I want to thank Uncle AFA Anoai and Aunty Lynn. It has been a true blessing being able to be the first one to receive the Lia Maivia Scholarship. I love the woman behind the scholarship, and I am honored to have the privilege to represent her in the wrestling industry. The scholarship helped me to get to where I am today. I was able to train at The Wild Samoan Training Center and learn so much from Afa and his trainers. It gave me the opportunity to grow and make my dreams come true as a WWE Diva Wrestler. I am now at the WWE training school known as FCW, and my Uncle Afa was a huge part of my training. He was very hard on me and its not just because I was his niece, but he treated everyone equal. He always does his best in trying to help students like myself reach their full potential and goals in this life, especially when it comes to wrestling. The Lia Maivia Scholarship will always and forever be in my heart and spirit; it was a stepping stone to where I needed to get, and it has blessed not only me but my family as well. So I just want to say, "Fafetai lava:" (Thank you) for privileging me and allowing me to pursue my dreams. I am moving forward now in my goals as a WWE Diva wrestler, and I will do my best to positively represent the Lia Maivia Scholarship and the Wild Samoan Training Center in everything I do. Thank you again Afa and for the Lia Maivia Scholarship!!!!
MUCH ALOFAS,
SARONA SNUKA-POLAMALU
A.K.A
TAMINA

WWE SIGNS WILD SAMOAN TRAINING CENTER GRADUATE & WXW SUPERSTAR SARONA SNUKA!

MINNEOLA, FL -- WWE Hall of Famer Afa “The Wild Samoan” is proud to announce that WXW superstar, and daughter of WWE Hall of Famer “Superfly” Jimmy Snuka, SARONA SNUKA has been signed to a WWE Contract!  Sarona was trained at the world famous Wild Samoan Training Center located in Minneola, FL.  WXW and the Wild Samoan Training Center have once again made history with Sarona Snuka following in the footsteps of numerous other stars who started their careers in WXW and the WSTC!  Sarona is also a recipient of the Lia Maivia scholarship and is a proud supporter of Usos Foundation.The WXW Family wishes Sarona well on her next steps to superstardom in the WWE!

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.

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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