Wild Samoans

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Title History

  • NWA Florida Tag Team titles defeating Eddie & Mike Graham (June 1, 1973);
  • NWA (Vancouver) Canadian Tag Team titles defeating The Brute and Gene Kiniski (November 5, 1973);
  • NWA (Detriot) Tag Team titles defeating Hank James & Mighty Igor (1975);
  • NWA (Detriot) Tag Team titles defeating Hank James & Fred Curry (1975);
  • NWA (Gulf Coast) Tag Team titles defeating Bobby & Ricky Fields (March 4, 1977)
  • AWA Southern Tag Team titles (October 1977);
  • IWA World Tag Team titles defeating Animal Hamaguchi & Great Kusatsu (January 5, 1978);
  • Stampede International Tag Team titles defeating Carlos Colon & Gino Caruso ();
  • Stampede International Tag Team titles defeating Benny Ramirez & Gil Hayes ();
  • NWA (Mid America) Southern Tag Team titles defeated Pat Barrett & Norvell Austin ();
  • WWF Tag Team titles defeating Ivan Putski & Tito Santana (April 12, 1980);
  • WWF Tag Team titles defeating Tony Garea & Rene Goulet in a tournament (September 9,1980);
  • Mid-South Tag Team titles defeating Junkyard Dog & Dick Murdoch (June 1981);
  • Mid-South Tag Team titles defeating Junkyard Dog & Dick Murdoch (1981);
  • Mid-South Tag Team titles defeating Junkyard Dog & Dick Murdoch (January 1982);
  • NWA National Tag Team titles defeated The Fabulous Freebirds (August 29, 1982);
  • WWF Tag Team titles defeating Chief Jay & Jules Strongbow (March 8, 1983);
  • NWA (Mid America) United States Tag Team titles defeating Phil Hickerson & Dennis Condrey (January 1976);

Career Highlights

In The Beginning:

  • Early 1970s: Afa Anoai began his wrestling career after receiving training from Peter Maivia and Rocky Johnson..
  • Afa later brought in his younger brother Sika, and trained him.. Eventually they formed a tag team known as The Samoans..
  • Afa & Sika wrestled for Stu Hart’s Stampede Wrestling promotion, where they also trained in the famous Stu Hart Dungeon..
  • 1973: Afa & Sika won the Stampede International Tag Team titles on two separate occasions..
  • June 1, 1973 – NWA Florida: Afa & Sika defeated Eddie & Mike Graham to win the NWA Florida Tag Team titles..
  • November 5, 1973 – NWA Canada: Afa & Sika defeated Gene Kiniski & The Brute to win the Tag Team titles..
  • 1975 – NWA Detroit: Afa & Sika captured the Detroit Tag Team titles..
  • January 1976 – NWA Mid-America: The Islanders (Afa & Sika) defeated Phil Hickerson & Dennis Condrey to win the US Tag titles..
  • October, 1977 – AWA: Afa & Sika won the Southern Tag Team titles..
  • January 5, 1978 – IWA: Afa & Sika won the IWA Tag Team titles in Tokyo, Japan..

World Wide Wrestling Federation

  • The Wild Samoans enjoyed their greatest success in the World Wide Wrestling Federation, originally managed by Lou Albano..
  • October, 1979: Afa & Sika made their WWWF debut wrestling under the team name “Albano’s Wildmen”..
  • The Wild Samoans adopted a new, savage-like demeanor, which they never portrayed before joining the WWWF..
  • November 3, 1979 – Championship Wrestling: The Wild Samoans defeated Frankie Williams & Johnny Rivera in their TV debut..
  • The Wild Samoans quickly established themselves as prominent villains after gaining victories over top tag teams..
  • ~~~such as Bruno Sammartino & Dominic DeNucci, Ivan Putski & DeNucci, and Tito Santana & DeNucci..
  • January 21, 1980: The Wild Samoans wrestled Tito Santana & Ivan Putski (Tag Champs) in their Madison Square Garden debut..
  • The Wild Samoans continued to pursue the WWF Tag Team Titles as they bulldozed their way through a number of tag teams..
  • February 23, 1980: The Wild Samoans defeated Tito Santana & Ivan Putski (Tag Team Champions) by Count Out..
  • February 25, 1980: The Wild Samoans defeated Tito Santana & Ivan Putski (Tag Team Champions) by Count Out..
  • Around this time period both Afa & Sika became challengers to WWWF Champion Bob Backlund..
  • March 1, 1980: Afa wrestled WWF Champion Bob Backlund in Philadelphia at The Spectrum..
  • March 8, 1980 – Boston Gardens: The Wild Samoans defeated Tito Santana & Ivan Putski by Count Out..
  • March 24, 1980 – MSG: Afa defeated Dominic DeNucci | WWF Champion Bob Backlund defeated Sika..
  • April 12, 1980 – The Spectrum: The Wild Samoans defeated Tito Santana & Ivan Putski to win the Tag Team titles..
  • The Wild Samoans continued to take turns challenging Bob Backlund for the WWF Title while defending the Tag titles..
  • August 9, 1980 – Shae Stadium: Bob Backlund & Pedro Morales defeated The Wild Samoans in a 2/3 Falls match..
  • ~~~Backlund & Morales won the Tag Team titled but were stripped because Backlund was the current WWF Champion..
  • September 9, 1980: The Samoans defeated Tony Garea & Rene Goulet in the Tournament Final to win back the Tag Team titles..
  • November 8, 1980 – The Spectrum: Rick Martel & Tony Garea defeated the Wild Samoans to win the Tag Team titles..
  • Afa & Sika spent the remainder of 1980 putting over Rick Martel & Tony Garea in title matches..

Mid-South Wrestling

  • 1981-82: The Wild Samoans wrestled in Bill Watt’s Mid-South Wrestling with Ernie Ladd as their “financial adviser”..
  • ~~~The Wild Samoans won the Mid-South Tag Team titles under Ernie Ladd’s guidance..
  • ~~~The Wild Samoans turned on Ernie Ladd and joined General Skandar Akbar‘s Devestation Inc..
  • ~~~Ernie Ladd recruited the legendary Assassin (Jody Hamilton) to help him battle the Wild Samoans..
  • ~~~The Assassin ALSO turned on Ernie Ladd and joined Devestation Incorporated..
  • ~~~Ernie Ladd then recruited “Iron” Mike Sharpe as his new partner..
  • ~~~1982: Ernie Ladd & Mike Sharpe drove the Wild Samoans out of Mid-South Wrestling..
  • The Wild Samoans feuded with the Junk Yard Dog & Dick Murdoch over the Mid-South Tag Team titles..
  • ~~~This quickly became one of the most popular rivalries in Mid-South history..
  • June 1981: The Wild Samoans defeated Junk Yard Dog & Dick Murdoch to win the Tag Team titles..
  • September 1981: Junk Yard Dog & Dick Murdoch defeated The Wild Samoans to recapture the Tag Team titles..
  • The Wild Samoans won a total of THREE Mid-South Tag Team Championships..

National Wrestling Alliance

  • 1982: The Wild Samoans had a brief stint in Jim Crockett’s NWA: Mid Atlantic territory..
  • August 29, 1982: The Wild Samoans defeated The Fabulous Freebirds to win the NWA National Tag Team titles..
  • The Wild Samoans vacated the National Tag Team titles months later after leaving the promotion..

World Wrestling Federation

  • 1983: the Wild Samoans returned to the WWF, and are reunited with manager Captain Lou Albano..
  • March 18, 1983: The Wild Samoans defeated Chief Jay & Jules Strongbow for the WWWF Tag Team titles..
  • The Wild Samoans introduced a 3rd member, Samula (Samu), who temporarily replaced an injured Sika..
  • Sika eventually returned to the ring, but Samula remained as an unofficial member of the tag team..
  • The Wild Samoans worked a number of matches with two members of their extended family; Jimmy Snuka & Rocky Johnson..
  • November 15, 1983: Rocky Johnson & Tony Atlas defeated The Wild Samoans in a No DQ match to win the Tag Team titles..
  • 1984: The Wild Samoans left the World Wrestling Federation..

Semi-retirement

  • 1986: Sika returned to the WWF as a singles competitor and was managed by The Wizard (Curtis Iaukea)..
  • Sika occasionally formed a tag team with “The Ugandan Giant” Kamala..
  • Mr Fuji took over as Sika’s new manager (Sika also gained the services of Kim Chee)..
  • September 23, 1987 – Saturday Night Main Event: Hulk Hogan defeated Sika to retain the WWF title..
  • March 27, 1988 – WrestleMania IV: Sika participated in the 20 Man Battle Royal..
  • 1988-89: The Wild Somans (Sika & Kokina) wrestled in Ron Fuller’s Continental Wrestling Federation..
  • Late 1992: Afa returned to the World Wrestling Federation to manage The Headshrinkers..
  • 1994: Afa co-managed (with Lou Albano) The Headshrinkers to the WWF Tag Team titles..
  • Afa & Sika now run a very successful wrestling school and are members of the Cauliflower Alley Club..
  • March 23, 2007 – SmackDown!: They announced that the Wild Samoans will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2007..
  • March 31, 2007 – Hall of Fame: The Wild Samoans were inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by their sons, Samu and Rosey..
  • April 1, 2007 – WrestleMania 23: The Wild Samoans and the other HOF inductees were introduced to the audience at Fords Field..