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Encyclopedia > The Headshrinkers
The Headshrinkers
Tag team
Members Samu
Fatu
Name(s) The Headshrinkers
The Samoan Swat Team
Former members the Samoan Savage
Sieonne
Llody Anoa'i
Debuted 1988
Promotions WWC
WCCW
NWA
WCW
WWF
AWF
Indies

The Headshrinkers were a professional wrestling tag team in the World Wrestling Federation that consisted of Fatu and Samu. They previously competed under the name The Samoan Swat Team in World Championship Wrestling (WCW), World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW), World Wrestling Council (WWC) and the American Wrestling Federation (AWF). A professional wrestling tag-team consists of two or occasionally three wrestlers who are working together as a team. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... A professional wrestling tag-team consists of two or occasionally three wrestlers who are working together as a team. ... World Wrestling Entertainment, or WWE, is a professional wrestling promotion, currently the largest in North America. ... Solofa Fatu, Jr. ... Samuela Anoai is a professional wrestler better known as one half of The Headshrinkers, Samu. ... World Championship Wrestling (WCW) was an American professional wrestling promotion which, in its proper form, existed from 1988 to 2001. ... World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW), also called the World Class Wrestling Association (WCWA), was a popular regional professional wrestling promotion run out of Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas. ... The World Wrestling Council is one of Puerto Ricos two main professional wrestling promotions, the other one being the International Wrestling Association. ... The American Wrestling Federation, or AWF, was a national professional wrestling federation founded by Paul Alperstein. ...

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Career

Samula Anoa'i is the son of Wild Samoans Afa and Solofa Fatu is the nephew of Afa as well as both of them being the nephews of Sika and part of the Anoa'i family. Wild Samoans was the tag team of Afa & Sika in Mid-South Wrestling, National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) and the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). ... Arthur Afa Anoai (born November 21, 1942) is a Samoan American retired professional wrestler and professional wrestling manager. ... Leati Sika Anoai, a member of the famous Anoai family, is a former professional wrestler. ... The Anoai family, hailing from Samoa, has many members who are professional wrestlers. ...


The Samoa Swat Team

In 1985 Samu joined Gino Brito and Dino Bravo’s “International Wrestling” territory based in Montreal, which was the first time he worked in the same territory as his cousin. When the Montreal territory closed up the two cousins signed with the World Wrestling Council in Puerto Rico and became The Samoan Swat Team: Samu & Fatu. The team adopted the “Samoan savage” gimmick that had made their fathers so well known and feared through out the wrestling world, working barefeet and never spoke English on camera. The team became the first ever WWC Carrribean Tag-Team Champions on November 7, 1987 when they beat Invader I and Invader III. The duo held the titles for just over a month before dropping them to Mark Youngblood and Chris Youngblood before leaving the promotion. Gino Brito is a Canadian professional wrestler. ... Adolfo Bresciano (August 6, 1948 - March 11, 1993) was an Italian-born professional wrestler, best known for his work as Dino Bravo, self-proclaimed Worlds Strongest Man. ... Nickname: City of Mary (Ville-Marie) Motto: Concordia Salus (salvation through harmony) Coordinates: Country Canada Province Quebec Founded 1642 Established 1832 Government  - Mayor Gérald Tremblay Area [1] [2] [3]  - City 365. ... The World Wrestling Council is one of Puerto Ricos two main professional wrestling promotions, the other one being the International Wrestling Association. ... WWC Carribean Tag Team Championship was a third-string Tag Team title that was defended in the World Wrestling Council. ... November 7 is the 311th day of the year (312th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 54 days remaining. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Mark Romero was a professional wrestler better known as Mark Youngblood. ... Picture of Chris Romero, in one of his first Magazine Pictorials in 1985 . ...


Samu and Fatu next appeared in Texas, working for Fritz Von Erich’s World Class Championship Wrestling promotion. The storyline was that Buddy Roberts brought the team in to fight his fights against the Von Erich Family and former Fabulous Freebirds partner Michael Hayes. The SST was given a big push right away; presented as an unstoppable force the team was even allowed to beat hometown heroes Kerry and Kevin Von Erich for the WCCW Tag-Team Titles on August 12, 1988. The Samoans remained undefeated in WCCW until they came up against Roberts’ former partner Michael Hayes and Hayes new partner, “Do It To It” Steve Cox on September 12. The duo was not without the gold for long as they recaptured the titles only 4 days. Hayes and Cox would beat the Samoan Swat Team for the titles once again on October 15, 1988 but this time they only held the gold for two days before they lost it back to the SST. On September 12, 1988 The Samoan Swat Team become double champions as they beat ”Hollywood” John Tatum and Jimmy Jack Funk for the WCWA Texas Tag Team Championship. The Samoan Swat Team made their Pay Per View debut at AWA Superclash III, the first (and only) PPV that the American Wrestling Association ever presented. The Samoans successfully defended their WCCW Tag-Team titles against Michael Hayes and Steve Cox. In the beginning of 1989 the Samoans left WCCW, forcing both tag-team titles to be vacated due to the sudden departure. Jack Barton Adkisson (August 16, 1929 - September 10, 1997) was an American professional wrestler under the ring name Fritz Von Erich, better known today as a wrestling promoter and the patriarch of the Von Erich wrestling family. ... World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW), also called the World Class Wrestling Association (WCWA), was a popular regional professional wrestling promotion run out of Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas. ... Buddy Jack Roberts Dale Hey was a professional wrestler better known as Buddy Roberts. ... The Von Erich family is a legendary professional wrestling family. ... The Fabulous Freebirds were a groundbreaking professional wrestling tag-team that attained fame in the 1980s, performing into the 1990s. ... Michael Seitz (born March 29, 1959) is an American retired professional wrestler. ... Kerry Gene Adkisson (February 3, 1960 – February 18, 1993) was an American professional wrestler under the ring names Kerry Von Erich and The Texas Tornado (World Wrestling Federation or WWF) and part of the famous Von Erich family. ... Kevin Ross Adkisson (born May 15, 1957 in Belleville, Illinois) is a retired professional wrestler under the ring name Kevin Von Erich of the famous Von Erich Family. ... The WCWA Tag Team Championship was the major tag team title in World Class Championship Wrestling. ... August 12 is the 224th day of the year (225th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... September 12 is the 255th day of the year (256th in leap years). ... October 15 is the 288th day of the year (289th in leap years). ... September 12 is the 255th day of the year (256th in leap years). ... This article lacks information on the importance of the subject matter. ... This does not cite its references or sources. ... The introduction to this article provides insufficient context for those unfamiliar with the subject matter. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The Samoan Swat Team signed with Jim Crockett Promotions and was brought in as manager Paul E. Dangerously’s replacements for the ”Original” Midnight Express who had left the promotion. The Samoans also took over the ”Original” Midnight Express’ feud with the Midnight Express beating the team at Clash of the Champions VI on April 2, 1989. At The 1989 Great American Bash the Samoans teamed with former rival Michael Hayes, Terry Gordy and Jimmy Garvin losing a War Games Match to The Road Warriors, the Midnight Express and Steve Williams. In the fall of 1989 Paul E. Dangerously was phased out and the Samoans were given a new manager: ”The Big Kahuna” Oliver Humperdink. Their ranks were also bolstered by the additon of The Samoan Savage who is Fatu’s brother. The Samoans started to lose more and more matches as 1989 drew to a close, but their fortunes appeared to be changing due to the injury to Sid Vicious. Because Vicious was injured the Skyscrapers had to pull out of the ”Iron Team Tournament” at Starrcade 1989 and the Samoan Swat Team were chosen to be their replacements – Fatu and the Samoan Savage with no explanation of why the more experienced Samu was not chosen. For the remainder of the Samoan Swat Team’s time in WCW Fatu and the Samoan Savage competed under the name while Samu made a few singles appearances. After leaving WCW in the summer of 1990 the Samoan Swat Team worked for a number of independent promotions in the US, Europe and Japan, often teaming up with family member Rodney Anoa'i who competed as ”Kokina Maximus”. Jim Crockett Promotions was the name of a professional wrestling promotion owned by Jim Crockett, Jr. ... Paul Buster Heyman (born September 11, 1965) is a professional wrestling manager, on-air talent, and former promoter. ... The Midnight Express is a professional wrestling tag team that has had various members and achieved most of its success in the 1980s. ... The Clash of the Champions logo The Clash of the Champions were a series of professional wrestling television specials aired by World Championship Wrestling. ... April 2 is the 92nd day of the year (93rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 273 days remaining. ... The Great American Bash was an annual summer PPV in the NWAs Jim Crockett Promotions and then in WCW. After WCW was sold to WWE, WWE took over the promotion of the event. ... Terry Gordy (April 23, 1961 - July 16, 2001) was a professional wrestler who was most famous for being a member of the Fabulous Freebirds. ... Jimmy Garvin (born James Williams on September 25, 1952 in Tampa, Florida) is a former professional wrestler. ... The WarGames Match was a gimmick match used originally in the old National Wrestling Alliance and later held annually in World Championship Wrestling, usually at their Fall Brawl pay per view event in September. ... The Legion Of Doom The Road Warriors with Paul Ellering. ... Dr. Death Steve Williams is a professional wrestler and former collegiate American football star at the University of Oklahoma. ... Sir Oliver Humperdink Oliver Humperdink was a professional wrestling manager who worked for Jim Crockett Promotions, Florida Championship Wrestling and the World Wrestling Federation. ... Larry Anoiai is a professional wrestler best known under the name of The Tonga Kid. ... Sidney Ray Eudy (born July 4, 1960) is an American professional wrestler, most commonly known as Sid Vicious, but is also well-known as Sid Justice and Sycho Sid. ... The Original Skyscrapers with Teddy Long (Sid Vicious & Dan Spivey) The Skyscrapers were a professional wrestling tag team in World Championship Wrestling in 1989 and 1990. ... Starrcade was the primary supercard of the NWA and World Championship Wrestling from 1983-2000. ... Rodney Anoai (October 2, 1966 – October 22, 2000) was an American professional wrestler, most commonly known as Yokozuna. ...


The Headshrinkers

In 1992 Samu and Fatu changed their name to the Headshrinkers but their gimmick remained the same, Samoan wildmen. Rodney Anoa'i also signed with the WWF but he was repackaged as ”Yokozuna” and the family ties between him and the Samoans was not mentioned on air. The team first made their presence known when they helped Money Inc. beat the Natural Disasters to win the WWF World Tag Team titles. Early in their run with the WWF the Headshrinkers feuded with the Natural Disasters and the recently formed High Energy. Between 1992 and the early parts of 1994 the Headshrinkers maintain a position in the middle of the tag-team division, occasionally challenging for the titles and making sporadic PPV appearances feuding with teams like The Smokin' Gunns and Men on a Mission. In April of 1994 the Headshrinkers turned face and challenged then tag-team champions The Quebecers, with the addition of manager Lou Albano the team won the gold on April 26, 1994. At King of the Ring 1994 on June 19 the Headshrinkers successfully defended their tag-team titles against Yokozuna and Crush. Their run with the titles came to a surprising end on an untelevised card on August 28 where they lost the titles to Shawn Michaels and Diesel. The title change happened just one day before they were scheduled to defend against Irwin R. Shyster and Bam Bam Bigalow. Soon after the title change Samu left the WWF to recover from injuries and was replaced by Sionne as he and Fatu formed the ”New Headshrinkers”. 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... Money Inc. ... The Natural Disasters Earthquake & Typhoon The Natural Disasters was the tag team comprised of Earthquake & Typhoon in the World Wrestling Federation. ... The World Tag Team Championship belt (2002 to present) The World Tag Team Championship is a professional wrestling tag team championship. ... Owen Hart (May 7, 1965 – May 23, 1999) was a Canadian-American professional wrestler. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ... The Smokin Gunns were a professional wrestling tag team of brothers Billy Gunn and Bart Gunn. ... Men on a Mission was the tag team of Mabel & Mo. ... The Quebecers were a tag team in the WWE (then WWF) from late 1993 to mid-1994. ... Louis Albano (born July 29, 1933 in Carmel, New York), better known as Captain Lou, is an American professional wrestler and manager. ... April 26 is the 116th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (117th in leap years). ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ... King of the Ring logo (1999-present) King of the Ring is an annual World Wrestling Entertainment tournament first held in 1985. ... June 19 is the 170th day of the year (171st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 195 days remaining. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... August 28 is the 240th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (241st in leap years), with 125 days remaining. ... Michael Shawn Hickenbottom (born July 22, 1965) is an American professional wrestler, better known by the ring name Shawn Michaels. ... Kevin Scott Nash (born July 9, 1959 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American professional wrestler and actor. ... Lawrence Michael Rotunda, better known as Mike Rotunda, or Mike Rotundo, is an American Professional Wrestler. ... Scott Charles Bigelow (September 1, 1961 – January 19, 2007) was an American professional wrestler, best known by the stage name Bam Bam Bigelow. ... Sione Vailahi is a professional wrestler best known under the name of The Barbarian. ...


The New Headshrinkers

The Kayfabe reason given to Samu’s departure was that he was not coping well with manager Lou Albano’s attempts to civilize the Headshrinkers, especially wearing boots. FBy July the New Headshrinkers ended as Sieonne signed with WCW. By the time Sieonne left the WWF the team was used to put over new teams such as The Blu Brothers In professional wrestling, kayfabe (pronounced KEI-feib; IPA: ) refers to the portrayal of events within the industry as real, that is the portrayal of professional wrestling as not staged or worked. ... Donald Don Harris and Ronald Ron Harris (born October 23, 1961) are American twin brothers who achieved fame as professional wrestlers. ...


Independent Headshrinkers

After being away from the spotlight for a while Samu returns to the WWF in 1995. Samu along with his brother Lloyd Anoa'i were known as ”The Samoan Gangster Party” with Samu being known as ”Sammy the Silk” and Llody being ”LA Smooth”. But the Samoan Ganster Party did not end there, in 1996 they worked for Extreme Championship Wrestling feuding mainly with The Gangstas in a short but intense war between the two ”Gangsta” factions. Lloyd Anoai is a Samoan American professional wrestler and professional wrestling manager who has performed under numerous ring names. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... New Jack of the Gangstas Mustapha of the Gangstas The Gangstas was the tag team of New Jack & Mustapha Saed in ECW & Smoky Mountain Wrestling. ...


After leaving ECW Samu has worked for a number of independent organizations both as a singles wrestler and alongside his brother Lloyd who worked under names such as”Headshrinker” Alofa, ”Headshrinker” Ruopa and ”The Tahitian Warrior” winning titles in WWC and ISPW.


In Wrestling

Finishing Moves

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Louis Albano (born July 29, 1933 in Carmel, New York), better known as Captain Lou, is an American professional wrestler and manager. ... Buddy Jack Roberts Dale Hey was a professional wrestler better known as Buddy Roberts. ... Paul Buster Heyman (born September 11, 1965) is a professional wrestling manager, on-air talent, and former promoter. ... Sir Oliver Humperdink Oliver Humperdink was a professional wrestling manager who worked for Jim Crockett Promotions, Florida Championship Wrestling and the World Wrestling Federation. ... Afa Anoai is a former professional wrestler/manager. ...

Championships and Accomplishments

Fatu and Samu

Samu and Llody Anoa'i World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW), also called the World Class Wrestling Association (WCWA), was a popular regional professional wrestling promotion run out of Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas. ... The WCWA Tag Team Championship was the major tag team title in World Class Championship Wrestling. ... This article lacks information on the importance of the subject matter. ... The World Wrestling Council is one of Puerto Ricos two main professional wrestling promotions, the other one being the International Wrestling Association. ... WWC Carribean Tag Team Championship was a third-string Tag Team title that was defended in the World Wrestling Council. ... World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ... World Wrestling Entertainments World Tag-Team Championship is WWEs original tag team championship and is now exclusive to the RAW brand. ...

  • Independent Superstars of Pro-Wrestling
  • ISPW Tag-Team Championship (1 time)

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