The Anoaʻi family originate from American Samoa, members of the family include WWE Hall Of Famers and Legends Afa, Sika, Samu, Rikishi, Umaga, Yokozuna and current WWE Superstars Roman Reigns and The Usos. The family continue to produce even more talented performers and another one that is on his way to the top is Lance Anoa’i the son of former WWE Tag Team Champion and one half of The Headshrinkers, Samu. We were extremely lucky to find out more about the very talented Lance Anoa’i with this short interview.
UWR:Where are you from ?
Lance: I am from Allentown, Pennsylvania
UWR:How old are you ?
Lance: 25 years old will be 26 in February
UWR:Growing up were you a fan of Pro Wrestling ?
Lance:Growing up I was a fan I enjoyed watching all the time. Just being born into the business it’s just apart of me.
UWR: Where did you train to become a Wrestler and who trained you ?
Lance: I trained at my fathers school here in Allentown, Pa at the Wild Samoan Training Center. And my father Headshrinker Samu is my trainer, also had a lot of training and give a lot of credit to Tommy Dreamer.
UWR: Who were some of your influences growing up ?
Lance: Growing up my family was a huge influences on me. Because I wanted to be just like them. But outside of Family Jeff Hardy was always my favorite along with Eddie Guerrero.
UWR. Are your family and friends supportive of your Pro Wrestling Career ?
Lance: Yes my family and friends are supportive. They are at most of my shows at first my family wanted me to continue my school and stay away from wrestling but they have seen the love I have and put into wrestling and it grew on them.
UWR: I’m sure like every Wrestler you remember your first match. So who was in the match ? Did it go well ? And what do you remember most about it ?
Lance: My first match was officially in 2010 against The Dynamic Sensation. I had my dad and my uncle Afa Jr managing me and it was in my hometown of Allentown,Pa! I was nervous because I’m wrestling in front of my hometown in front of friends and family! But at the end it was awesome!!
UWR: For people that have never seen You perform can you describe your character and wrestling style ?
Lance: I’m basically the pretty, young, high flying Samoan. I’m starting to try to mix a little savage in to bring back how my dad and uncles were!
UWR: What in your opinion is your best match or opponent you have ever had ?
Lance: I’ve had so many matches and I enjoyed everyone of them because I always learned something new. So to just pick one is tuff, when I enjoyed every single one.
UWR: What is your proudest moment from your time in Pro Wrestling ?
Lance: My favorite moment is March of 2015, I brought my grandfather out of retirement for one last match and I got to share the ring with my grand father Afa the Wild Samoan, Dad Headshrinker Samu, uncle Afa Jr , and uncle La Smooth. We had a 10 man tag. It was just such a proud moment for me in my career.
UWR: Are there any wrestlers on the Indy scene you would like to wrestle that you have never wrestled before ?
Lance: There are a lot of Indy Wrestlers I would love to get in the ring with and right now I want to have a match against Flip Gordon. He is such an athlete and I feel like me and him can steal any show.
UWR: If you could choose any wrestler in history to have a match with who would it be ?
Lance: I would choose Eddie Guerrero, I would be able to learn so much just from that one match. He is one of the greatest to ever step foot in the square circle.
UWR:Are there any goals you have set for yourself that you have not yet achieved ?
Lance: Get a WWE contract! I’m still pushing to get it and won’t slow down till it happens.
UWR: What advice would you give to anyone starting out in Wrestling ?
Lance: Just stay humble and never forget where you came from! Make sure you go to a great school that will take care of you and not just take your dime.
UWR: Where can people see you perform next ?
Lance: Follow me on Facebook , Instagram, Twitter – @LanceAnoai