History Main / WildSamoan

26th Jul '17 8:19:30 AM Theatre_Maven_3695
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* A disproportionate number of UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball players come from American Samoa. According to a ''Series/SixtyMinutes'' piece on the subject, it helps that they're taller on average than other Americans, [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy have a strong warrior-culture influence]], and spend a great part of their day from a young age in hard agricultural labor, as compared to the more sedate lifestyle in the US mainland.

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* A disproportionate number of UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball players come from American Samoa. According to a ''Series/SixtyMinutes'' piece on the subject, it helps that they're taller on average than other Americans, [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy have a strong warrior-culture influence]], influence, and spend a great part of their day from a young age in hard agricultural labor, as compared to the more sedate lifestyle in the US mainland.
25th May '17 10:26:11 AM candleeater
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** Just to give yo an idea of how strong {{kayfabe}} was in the eighties. Hogan purchased a gun, and was traveling in New Jersey with the Wild Samoans (pre-Hulkamania) when he got pulled over by a state trooper. He went for his registration and the gun fell out of his glove box. He begged the Samoans to explain that he was unaware of NJ guns laws, but they just looked at each other and grunted (they both spoke perfect English) so as not to break kayfabe. They remained mute while being taken into custody with Hogan, because going to jail beats breaking character.

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** Just to give yo you an idea of how strong {{kayfabe}} was in the eighties. Hogan purchased a gun, and was traveling in New Jersey with the Wild Samoans (pre-Hulkamania) when he got pulled over by a state trooper. He went for his registration and the gun fell out of his glove box. He begged the Samoans to explain that he was unaware of NJ guns laws, but they just looked at each other and grunted (they both spoke perfect English) so as not to break kayfabe. They remained mute while being taken into custody with Hogan, because going to jail beats breaking character.
25th May '17 10:25:42 AM candleeater
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You probably don't need to be told this (what with all the {{Foreign Wrestling Heel}}s running around), but ProfessionalWrestling isn't very culturally sensitive. Nowhere is this more evident than the Wild Samoan [[TheGimmick gimmick]] (or Tongan, or Fijian, or Marquesan, [[LongList or...]]). Basically, in wrestling world, if you come from a small South Pacific island, you talk in grunts, groans, and gibberish, you devour raw fish on the way to the ring (not ''prepared'' raw fish like sushi either, just plain, whole, raw fish)... and [[WrestlingMonster you destroy everything in your path in the most brutal manner possible]]. Oh, and your head is [[HardHead hard enough to break concrete]].

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You probably don't need to be told this (what with all the {{Foreign Wrestling Heel}}s running around), but ProfessionalWrestling isn't very culturally sensitive. Nowhere is this more evident than the Wild Samoan [[TheGimmick gimmick]] (or Tongan, or Fijian, or Marquesan, [[LongList or...]]). Basically, in wrestling world, if you come from a small South Pacific island, you talk in grunts, groans, and gibberish, you devour raw fish on the way to the ring (not ''prepared'' raw fish like sushi either, just plain, whole, raw fish)... and [[WrestlingMonster you destroy everything in your path in the most brutal manner possible]]. Oh, and your head is [[HardHead hard enough to break concrete]].
concrete]]. Most fans know literally nothing about Samoa other than the absurd amounts of wrestlers (and absurd amounts of NFL players) who just seem to appear out of thin air. We have seen no proof that the entire island isn't just one very large wrestling school.


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** Just to give yo an idea of how strong {{kayfabe}} was in the eighties. Hogan purchased a gun, and was traveling in New Jersey with the Wild Samoans (pre-Hulkamania) when he got pulled over by a state trooper. He went for his registration and the gun fell out of his glove box. He begged the Samoans to explain that he was unaware of NJ guns laws, but they just looked at each other and grunted (they both spoke perfect English) so as not to break kayfabe. They remained mute while being taken into custody with Hogan, because going to jail beats breaking character.
8th May '17 9:51:26 AM IndirectActiveTransport
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* The late Wrestling/{{Umaga}} (Samoan for "The End"), who was actually a subversion of this trope before he began to embody it. He portrayed Jamal of Three Minute Warning, basically a gangsta, during his WWE run at the turn of the century. He continued on as Jamal in Japan after getting released. Even as Umaga he was at least portrayed as being highly intelligent (despite being socially inept enough to gnaw on the intercontinental championship) and spoke fluently (albeit not in English).

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* The late Wrestling/{{Umaga}} (Samoan for "The End"), who was actually a subversion of this trope before he began to embody it. He portrayed Jamal of Three Minute Warning, basically a gangsta, during his WWE run at the turn of the century. He continued on as Jamal in Japan Wrestling/{{All Japan|ProWrestling}} after getting released. Even as Umaga he was at least portrayed as being highly intelligent (despite being socially inept enough to gnaw on the intercontinental championship) and spoke fluently (albeit not in English).
6th Apr '17 3:25:15 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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Fortunately, this is on its way to becoming a DiscreditedTrope, with the broadening gimmicks for islander wrestlers (such as Wrestling/SamoaJoe, the badass submission expert - Rosey, the erstwhile sidekick to wrestling {{Superhero}} The Hurricane - Wrestling/{{Rikishi}}, the hip-hop dancing sumo wrestler who rubs his gargantuan, thong-covered ass into his opponents' faces (...yes, you read that right) - Wrestling/RomanReigns, the cerebral technician who takes advantage of wolfpack tactics to overwhelm his foes - and not least of all Wrestling/TheRock would count as well (his mother was Samoan, but his father was black). However, it does have a way of cropping back up from time to time.

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Fortunately, this is on its way to becoming a DiscreditedTrope, with the broadening gimmicks for islander wrestlers (such such as Wrestling/SamoaJoe, the badass submission expert - Rosey, the erstwhile sidekick to wrestling {{Superhero}} The Hurricane - Wrestling/{{Rikishi}}, the hip-hop dancing sumo wrestler who rubs his gargantuan, thong-covered ass into his opponents' faces (...yes, you read that right) - Wrestling/RomanReigns, the cerebral technician who takes advantage of wolfpack tactics to overwhelm his foes - and not least of all Wrestling/TheRock would count as well (his mother was Samoan, but his father was black). However, it does have a way of cropping back up from time to time.
3rd Apr '17 2:07:14 PM KYCubbie
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** Averted by Troy Polamalu of the Pittsburgh Steelers. He is of Samoan descent (albeit born and raised in the US) and is every bit the warrior during the game. However, off the field, he is very soft-spoken, laid back and sweet-natured.
* Many top-class rugby players are Polynesian or Maori. While things are improving, there's still a tendency to overemphasise their strength and agression instead of, say, tactical genius or discipline (and vice-versa with white players).

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** Averted by Troy Polamalu of Polamalu, who played his entire NFL career with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He is of Samoan descent (albeit born and raised in the US) and is was every bit the warrior during the game. However, off the field, he is very soft-spoken, laid back and sweet-natured.
* Many top-class rugby players are Polynesian or Maori.(which includes New Zealand's Māori). While things are improving, there's still a tendency to overemphasise their strength and agression instead of, say, tactical genius or discipline (and vice-versa with white players).
31st Dec '16 10:30:43 AM nombretomado
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Fortunately, this is on its way to becoming a DiscreditedTrope, with the broadening gimmicks for islander wrestlers (such as Wrestling/SamoaJoe, the badass submission expert - Rosey, the erstwhile sidekick to wrestling {{Superhero}} The Hurricane - Wrestling/{{Rikishi}}, the hip-hop dancing sumo wrestler who rubs his gargantuan, thong-covered ass into his opponents' faces (...yes, you read that right) - Wrestling/RomanReigns, the cerebral technician who takes advantage of wolfpack tactics to overwhelm his foes - and not least of all [[DwayneJohnson The Rock]] would count as well (his mother was Samoan, but his father was black). However, it does have a way of cropping back up from time to time.

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Fortunately, this is on its way to becoming a DiscreditedTrope, with the broadening gimmicks for islander wrestlers (such as Wrestling/SamoaJoe, the badass submission expert - Rosey, the erstwhile sidekick to wrestling {{Superhero}} The Hurricane - Wrestling/{{Rikishi}}, the hip-hop dancing sumo wrestler who rubs his gargantuan, thong-covered ass into his opponents' faces (...yes, you read that right) - Wrestling/RomanReigns, the cerebral technician who takes advantage of wolfpack tactics to overwhelm his foes - and not least of all [[DwayneJohnson The Rock]] Wrestling/TheRock would count as well (his mother was Samoan, but his father was black). However, it does have a way of cropping back up from time to time.
25th Dec '16 6:23:33 PM Odacon_Spy
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Fortunately, this is on its way to becoming a DiscreditedTrope, with the broadening gimmicks for islander wrestlers (such as Wrestling/SamoaJoe, the badass submission expert - Rosey, the erstwhile sidekick to wrestling {{Superhero}} The Hurricane - Wrestling/{{Rikishi}}, the hip-hop dancing sumo wrestler who rubs his gargantuan, thong-covered ass into his opponents' faces... yes, you read that right) - Wrestling/RomanReigns, the cerebral technician who takes advantage of wolfpack tactics to overwhelm his foes - and not least of all [[DwayneJohnson The Rock]] would count as well (his mother was Samoan, but his father was black). However, it does have a way of cropping back up from time to time.

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Fortunately, this is on its way to becoming a DiscreditedTrope, with the broadening gimmicks for islander wrestlers (such as Wrestling/SamoaJoe, the badass submission expert - Rosey, the erstwhile sidekick to wrestling {{Superhero}} The Hurricane - Wrestling/{{Rikishi}}, the hip-hop dancing sumo wrestler who rubs his gargantuan, thong-covered ass into his opponents' faces... faces (...yes, you read that right) - Wrestling/RomanReigns, the cerebral technician who takes advantage of wolfpack tactics to overwhelm his foes - and not least of all [[DwayneJohnson The Rock]] would count as well (his mother was Samoan, but his father was black). However, it does have a way of cropping back up from time to time.
12th Dec '16 1:32:31 PM FordPrefect
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** In real life this was half true. Outside of the ring he was very quiet, respectful, and well spoken........until you pissed him off and lord help you at that point. Right, Jimmy Jack Funk?

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** In real life this was half true. Outside of the ring he was very quiet, respectful, and well spoken........until you pissed him off and lord Lord help you at that point. Right, Jimmy Jack Funk?
2nd Dec '16 1:42:48 PM Morgenthaler
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* Referenced in ''Film/TheFastAndTheFurious6'', where the character played by Creator/DwayneJohnson is referred to as "Samoan ComicBook/{{Thor}}" at one point.

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* Referenced in ''Film/TheFastAndTheFurious6'', ''Film/FastAndFurious6'', where the character played by Creator/DwayneJohnson is referred to as "Samoan ComicBook/{{Thor}}" at one point.
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