Tuesday, April 10, 2007

WCW: Sonny Siaki

Ring name(s) Hawaiian GQ,Money,Sonny Siaki,Cocky Siaki
Billed height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Billed weight 242 lb
Born July 23, 1974,Pago Pago, American Samoa
Billed from Pago Pago, American Samoa
Trained by Paul Orndorff,WCW Power Plant,Dusty Rhodes
Wrestling Debut March 1999

Sonny Siaki (born July 23, 1974) is an American professional wrestler, currently working for WWE in the Deep South Wrestling developmental territory. Siaki was born in Pago Pago, American Samoa, but when he was three his family moved to Hawaii, then California in the United States of America before settling in Wilmington, North Carolina when Siaki was four years old. Unlike many Samoans in professional wrestling, he is not part of the large Anoa'i or Fatu family.

Sonny Siaki graduated from East Carolina University in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science degree in health and fitness. While attending university, he played football as an inside linebacker until a serious stinger injury forced him to stop playing football, preventing him from pursuing a career within the National Football League.

After his school friend Lodi notified Siaki that the WCW Power Plant was holding tryouts in early 1999, Siaki attended the tryout and was awarded a WCW developmental contract. He graduated after seven months and wrestled his first televised match on WCW Saturday Night against Alan Funk. Siaki largely appeared on Saturday Night and faced other Power Plant graduates, though he did make several appearances on Thunder and Nitro. Siaki eventually left WCW, unhappy with the way he was being utilized.

In 2003, at the Baltic Brawl event in Helsinki, Finland Siaki had a match with him teaming up with Elix Skipper against Alan Funk and Mike Sanders. During that match, Siaki botched a split-legged moonsault, and landed on Funk's face knee-first. Funk was badly injured, breaking his eardrum, nose and jaw and also cracking his orbital bone, but made a full recovery.

Siaki moved on to the Urban Wrestling Alliance in California, where he was known as Money. After nine months, the UWA folded and Siaki joined Turnbuckle Championship Wrestling where he received further training from the TCW owner, Dusty Rhodes.
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