The Wild Samoan Pro Wrestling Training Center is a professional wrestling training school that is operated by Afa Anoa'i. Some of Afa's well-known students include WWE alumni Gene Snitsky and Batista.


The first Wild Samoan Training Center was established in Pensacola, Florida back in the late 1970s. Here Afa trained and assisted the careers of Paul "Mr. Wonderful" Orndorff, the Junkyard Dog, "Freebird" Michael P.S. Hayes, Luna Vachon, Hulk Hogan and Brutus "the Barber" Beefcake.

In the early 80's, the training center moved to Hamden, Connecticut when the Wild Samoans were making their way through the WWE chewing up and spitting out all tag teams that came their way. While in Connecticut, Afa trained such stars as: the Big Cheese, Afa's nephew Yokozuna (A 2 time WWE World Heavyweight Champion and 2 time WWE World Tag Team Champion), Rikishi Phatu (2 time WWE World Tag Team Champions), Yukon Jack, Virgil, "Sensational" Sherri Martel (former Women's Champion and manager of Ric Flair, "Macho Man" Randy Savage and Ted DiBiase) and several midget wrestlers.

In the late 80's, Afa moved the center to Allentown, Pennsylvania because of the outstanding wrestling background in the Lehigh Valley. This is where the WWWF and its owner Vince McMahon Sr. established their TV tapings for many years.

While in Allentown, Afa trained many young stars including: John Rambo, Neil Superior, Billy Kidman (former WCW World Cruiserweight Champion), Chris Kanyon, Batista, Paul Heyman (former ECW Owner and long time manager), Bam Bam Bigelow, Mean Gene Snitsky and many others who are making their way to the big time.

In 2008, Afa moved the award-winning training center to Central Florida. It is here that he will continue the great work that has opened doors to the many young superstars who grace the WWE, TNA and WXW venues all over the world. Current graduates of the Florida-based camp include: Tamina, Kimberly Whitehead and Adrian "TNT" Mottley.

Afa's son Samu runs his own wrestling training center in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

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