Interview with Afa the Wild Samoans
Q. Do you think wrestling is missing something today, that it may have had
when you first began to compete?
A. Wrestling has changed in many ways from my day of the 1980s. As with
anything, you give the fan's what they want. I have always been from the old
school but you must change with the times.
Q. How has wrestling changed in the past 15 years and Where do see
professional wrestling headed?
A. Before you believed what you saw. The wrestlers gave their all for the fan's
and protected the business. Today it's more entertainment, the wrestlers
still give their all but they are not respected in the same way. I believe
that the wrestlers of today abuse their bodies much more then we did. I don't
know where the business is headed, but I do know that wrestling will be on
top for many years to come.
Q. Are there any other wrestlers in the major promotions you would have liked
the opportunity to work with?
A. I am retired from the ring and enjoy training my students to compete against
the finest of the promotions.
Q. What factors do you think has contributed to the success of several
members of your family?
A. We The Samoans are gifted athletes. We love the sport and enjoy the fan's, so
I believe that this shows in our performance in the ring.
Q. With the recent success of athletes such as The Rock, Rikishi and Haku,
wrestlers from the "islands" have maintained the great tradition that came
before them. What do think has contributed to their tremendous work ethic?
A. I know that I followed in the footsteps of my uncle, the late High Chief
Peter Maivia. My brother Sika joined me and we became a tag team that our
people were proud of. My kids and nephews that have followed in the family
business have followed our work ethics, and i am very proud of them.
Q. What do think of the current monopoly that has taken place recently with
WWFE? Do you think wrestlers today should look towards establishing a union?
A. It will never happen. I pushed for it in the 1980s and had no support. Its a
shame if you are a great talent and have no where to perform. I hope that the
wrestlers saved their money & have education behind them so that they do not
make the same mistake's that so many of the wrestlers from my day did.
Q. The Wild Samoan's were often recognized for being savages inside and out
of the ring.Do you think that your characters should have changed much?
A. No, we were just being us. We came from a jungle and we loved to eat raw
fish, chicken, etc. We also loved to fight so we were THE WILD SAMOANS. There
was no gimmick there.
Q. Who gave you some of the best matches of your career?and How so?
A. Andre The Giant, Jimmy Superfly Snuka. Working with them was like having a
Q. During your time with the WWF, you were involved in several feuds. How do
you feel, the company could have done a better job promoting you?
A. We were a top draw and sold out MSG and all the other arenas we went to, so
I believe that the WWF billed us just fine. Especially since they did not
have the TV coverage of today.
Q. How would you best describe your style of wrestling and did you ever need
consider adding different technics or manuvers to it?
A. My brother and I were the X-TREME. We were rough, kick-ass wrestlers. We
were not technical wrestlers, we were vicious.
Q. How long has your family been involved with wrestling, and how many
generations does that include?
A. Peter Maivia started our family off in the 1960's, Sika and I in the 1970s
my son's and nephews in the 1980s and 1990s. The Rock and Rikishi ( my
nephews) are heading the WWF and I have two other nephews working their way
up ( The Hamo Bull & Reno Anoa'i ) I am sure that my Grandson ( Lance ) will
follow since he started wrestling at the age of 7.
Q. What are your immediate plans for the future, and are can fans expect any
new members of your family to enter the ring just like yourself?
A. I run several Wild Samoan Training Centers in Pennsylvania. I am franchising
my gym into NY, NJ, CT and other states. I have a book in the workings,
several movies and I run World X_Treme Wrestling. I also have a foundation to
offer the dream of a wrestling career to the less fortunenent We are the only
Indi promotion with live TV coverage. My websites are: www.wildsamoan.com &
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Notorious T.I.D. says "If you are a heel......stay the hell out of the crowd after your match. In fact, just give up all together. It's quite apparent that you are an idiot."