The Headshrinkers

The Headshrinkers

Infobox Wrestling team
article_name=The Headshrinkers
type=T



caption=
members=Kokina Samu Fatu
names=The Hawaiian Beasts The Headshrinkers nobr|The Samoan Swat Team The Tahitian Warriors
former_members=Alofa/Ruopa Samoan Savage Sionne
debut=1988
disbanded=
promotions=AWA, AWF, JCP, WCCW, nobr|WCW, WWC, WWF, 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). They started out as heels.

The Headshrinkers portrayed a pair of Samoan savages, often displaying uncivilized behavior such as biting into a turkey carcass during a match and dragging each other by their hair. They were also billed as having hard heads that were impervious to pain; any attack that targeted a Headshrinker's head would have no effect, and an opponent who tried to headbutt one of them would end up hurting himself. Having hard heads went with typical professional wrestling portrayals of Samoan wrestlers.

While Samu and Fatu are the "Original" team members several other Samoans have at one time replaced one of the two.

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.

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 Fatu. 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.cite book | author=Royal Duncan & Gary Will | title=Wrestling Title Histories | publisher=Archeus Communications | year=4th Edition 2006 | id=ISBN 0-9698161-5-4 ] The duo held the titles for just over a month before dropping them to Mark Youngblood and Chris Youngblood before leaving the promotion.

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, [cite web| url = http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/supercards/usa/misc/wccw/cotton.html#88 | title = WCCW Show results – Cotton Bowl Extravaganza| accessmonthday = 04-03| accessyear = 2007| author = prowrestlinghistory.com] 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. [cite web| url = http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/supercards/usa/misc/awa/superclash.html#sc3 | title = AWA Show results – SuperClash results| accessmonthday = 04-03| accessyear = 2007| author = prowrestlinghistory.com] In the beginning of 1989, the Samoans left WCCW, forcing both tag-team titles to be vacated due to the sudden departure.

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 on April 2, 1989. [cite web| url = http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/supercards/usa/wcw/clash.html#VI | title = NWA Clash of the Champions Results (VI) | accessmonthday = 04-03| accessyear = 2007| author = prowrestlinghistory.com] . 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. [cite web| url = http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/supercards/usa/wcw/gabash.html#89 | title = NWA Great American Bash Results (1989) | accessmonthday = 04-03| accessyear = 2007| author = prowrestlinghistory.com] 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 addition 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 [cite web| url = http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/supercards/usa/wcw/starrcad.html#89 | title = NWA Starrcade Results (1989) | accessmonthday = 04-03| accessyear = 2007| author = prowrestlinghistory.com] – 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 New Wild Samoans (a reference to the "origial" Wild Samoans), 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". [cite web| url = http://puroresufan.com/njpw/results91.php | title = StrongStyle Spirit: NJPW Results from 1991 | accessmonthday = 04-03| accessyear = 2007| author = puroresufan.com]

The Headshrinkers

In 1992, Samu and Fatu signed up with the World Wrestling Federation, managed by Samu’s father Afa.cite book | author=Brian Shields | title=Main event – WWE in the raging 80s| publisher=Pocket Books| year=4th Edition 2006 | id=ISBN 978-1-4165-3257-6 ] The team 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 were not mentioned on air. The team first made their presence known when they helped Money Incorporated beat the Natural Disasters to win the WWF World Tag Team titles.. [cite web| url = http://www.thehistoryofwwe.com/92.htm | title = WWF Show Results 1992 | accessmonthday = 04-03| accessyear = 2007| author = Graham Cawthon | quote = Ted Dibiase & IRS (w/ Jimmy Hart) defeated WWF Tag Team Champions the Natural Disasters to win the titles when Dibiase locked Earthquake in the Million $ Dream after the Headshrinkers interfered ] Early in their run with the WWF the Headshrinkers feuded with the Natural Disasters and the recently formed High Energy [cite web| url = http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/supercards/usa/wwf/survivor.html#92 | title = WWF Surviror Series Results (1992) | accessmonthday = 04-03| accessyear = 2007| author = prowrestlinghistory.com]

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 [cite web| url = http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/supercards/usa/wwf/summer.html#93 | title = WWF SummerSlam Results (1993) | accessmonthday = 04-03| accessyear = 2007| author = prowrestlinghistory.com] and Men on a Mission. [cite web| url = http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/supercards/usa/wwf/survivor.html#93 | title = WWF Survivor Series Results (1993) | accessmonthday = 04-03| accessyear = 2007| author = prowrestlinghistory.com] The Headshrinkers assisted their relative Yokozuna in a casket match against The Undertaker at the 1994 Royal Rumble. [cite web| url = http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/supercards/usa/wwf/rumble.html#94 | title = WWF Royal Rumble Results (1994) | accessmonthday = 04-03| accessyear = 2007| author = prowrestlinghistory.com] In April 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. [cite web| url = http://www.wwe.com/inside/titlehistory/worldtagteam/304454132134 | title = Title History > World Tag Team > The Headshrinkers | accessmonthday = 04-03| accessyear = 2007| author = wwe.com] At King of the Ring 1994 on June 19 the Headshrinkers successfully defended their tag-team titles against Yokozuna and Crush. [cite web| url = http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/supercards/usa/wwf/kingring.html#94 | title = WWF King of the Ring Results (1994) | accessmonthday = 04-03| accessyear = 2007| author = prowrestlinghistory.com] 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. [cite web| url = http://www.wwe.com/inside/titlehistory/worldtagteam/304454132125 | title = Title History > World Tag Team > Shawn Michaels & Diesel | accessmonthday = 04-03| accessyear = 2007| author = wwe.com] The title change happened just one day before they were scheduled to defend against Irwin R. Schyster and Bam Bam Bigelow. [cite web| url = http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/supercards/usa/wwf/summer.html#94 | title = WWF SummerSlam Results (1994) | accessmonthday = 04-03| accessyear = 2007| author = prowrestlinghistory.com] Soon after the title change Samu leaves the WWF to recover from injuries and is replaced by Sionne as he and Fatu form the "New Headshrinkers".

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. For the first time ever, one half of the Samoan Swat Team/Headshrinkers was not a member of the Anoa'i nor a Samoan as Sionne was from the island of Tonga. The New Headshrinkers made only one Pay Per View appearance as a team which was at the 1994 Survivor Series where they were quickly eliminated. [cite web| url = http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/supercards/usa/wwf/survivor.html#94 | title = WWF Survivor Series Results (1994) | accessmonthday = 04-03| accessyear = 2007| author = prowrestlinghistory.com] The only other notable appearance of the New Headshrinkers was as part of the tournament to crown new WWF tag-team champions in late 1994, early 1995. The New Headshrinkers lost to Bam Bam Bigelow and Tatanka in the Semi Finals. [cite web| url = http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/supercards/usa/wwf/tagtitle.html#tag95 | title = WWF Tag-Team Title Tournament 1995| accessmonthday = 04-03| accessyear = 2007| author = prowrestlinghistory.com] By July the New Headshrinkers ended as Sionne signed with WCW. By the time Sionne left the WWF the team was used to put over new teams such as The Blu Brothers [cite web| url = http://www.thehistoryofwwe.com/95.htm | title = WWF Show Results 1995| accessmonthday = 04-03| accessyear = 2007| author = Graham Cawthon | quote = June 4, 1995: Jacob & Eli Blu defeated the New Headshrinkers]

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 Lloyd being "LA Smooth". The two men did not wrestle for the WWF but watched Fatu from afar as the former Headshrinker tried to turn himself into a positive rolemodel for kids on the street.cite book | author=RD Reynolds and Randy Baer | title=Wrestlecrap – the very worst of pro wrestling | publisher=ECW Press| year=2003 | id=ISBN 1-55022-584-7 ] The angle never went anywhere as the Samoan Gangster party never got in the ring or confronted Fatu before he was repackaged and the whole angle was dropped. But the Samoan Gangster 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. [cite web| url = http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/ecw/results/1996c.html#071396 | title = ECW Show Results – 1996, July – September (Heat Wave 1996) | accessmonthday = 04-03| accessyear = 2007| author = prowrestlinghistory.com | The Gangstas NC The Samoan Gangsta Party] [cite web| url = http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/ecw/results/1996c.html#080396 | title = ECW Show Results – 1996, July – September ("The Doctor is In") | accessmonthday = 04-03| accessyear = 2007| author = prowrestlinghistory.com | quote = The Gangstas beat The Eliminators, Ron & Don Harris, and The Samoan Gangsta Party in a "four way dance" to win the ECW Tag Title.] [cite web| url = http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/ecw/results/1996c.html#091396 | title = ECW Show Results – 1996, July – September ("Unlucky Lottery") | accessmonthday = 04-03| accessyear = 2007| author = prowrestlinghistory.com | quote = ECW Tag Champs The Gangstas beat Shane Douglas & Samu.]

After leaving 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 and signature moves
**Diving headbutt
**Top rope splash
**Double forward Russian legsweep
**Double headbutt
**Double savate kick

*Managers
**Lou Albano
**Buddy Roberts
**Paul E. Dangerously
**Oliver Humperdink
**Afa

Championships and accomplishments

Fatu and Samu
*World Class Championship Wrestling
**WCWA Tag Team Champion (3 times)
**WCCW Texas Tag Team Champion (1 time)
*World Wrestling Council
**WWC Caribbean Tag Team Championship (1 time)
*World Wrestling Federation
**WWF World Tag Team Championship (1 Time)

Kokina, Fatu and Samoan Savage
*Universal Wrestling Association:*UWA World Trios Championship (1 time)

Samu and Lloyd Anoa'i
*Independent Superstars of Pro-Wrestling
** ISPW Tag-Team Championship (1 time)
*World Wrestling Council
**WWC Tag Team Championship (1 time) (As the Tahitian Warriors)

*Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards
**Worst Worked Match of the Year (1993) with Bastion Booger and Bam Bam Bigelow vs. The Bushwhackers and Men on a Mission at Survivor Series

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