DA WHEEL TESTIMONIAL OF SAMANTHA 11.07.16
Samantha Costanza is 22 years old and a born and raised Manhattanite of Venezuelan/Italian decent. She has been training at WUW since September 2015. Currently,Samantha is finishing up her last semester at Hunter College where she will graduate with a degree in Art History and Curatorial Studies and a minor in French Language Studies. She’s an intelligent lady! Did I mention she can speak Spanish and French? A life long wrestling fan and tomboy, wrestling has always inspired Samantha to push her body athletically.After watching wrestling for the first time at age 7,she asked her father to enroll her in Tae Kwon Doe classes and she has never looked back. Samantha constantly out – sparred her male counterparts and won sparring trophies for her sensai 3 years in a row before retiring from competition to focus on playing highschool sports.At her former school,Concordia College, Samantha played NCAA Division II Women’s Soccer as a walk on player having had no prior Soccer experience. Samantha believes that with power comes great responsibility. One day,she hopes that wrestling will give her a platform to be a voice for the voiceless and espouse causes near and dear to her heart like animal conservation, homelessness,and child hunger among others. Wrestling has played a pivotal role in Samantha’s life. “I never wanted to be just another girl worrying about clothes and makeup.That was never me! Instead I wanted to be the girl who was respected by the boys. Wrestling taught me that anything they can do WE,ladies, can do better. Most importantly,it has taught me to respect the wrestling’s past as it gives life and insporation to the future of the industry.” Wrestling has become a women’s game…..are you ready to play?
WHAT DO YOU GET WHEN YOU ADD WUW WITH DA WHEEL = YOU GET A BROTHERHOOD OR A SISTERHOOD OF FRIENDSHIP THAT KEEPS TURNING YEAH ON A OCCASSIONS…. THERE’S A SLOW LEAK IN A TIRE THEN IT WON’T RUN BUT YOU PATCH IT UP AND ITS UP & RUNNING & TURNING LIKE NEW AGAIN…WHILE THE WUW CLUB IS A TRAINING FACILITY AT GLEASONS GYM TO PRACTICE YOUR WRESTLING CRAFT DURING YOUR TIME AT THE WUW CLUB… YOU GAIN FRIENDSHIPS… YOU ALSO GAIN ENEMIES (HEY, WE ARE IN A COMPETITIVE SPORT-YOU WANT TO BE THE BEST) BUT OVERALL FRIENDSHIPS ARE CREATED AND NEVER ENDS WHETHER YOU MAKE IT IN THE SPORTS ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY OR NOT…LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP (LIKE JOHNNY RODZ SAYS) SOMETIMES CAN MEAN LIFETIME FRIENDSHIPS TO SOME OF US..NOTHING IS MORE SHOWN LIKE IN THE PHOTOS BELOW AND VIDEO MONTAGE THAT JUAN JEREMY CREATED FOR JOE MONTANINO WHO PAST AWAY ON AUGUST 18TH 2016…GLEASONS GYM & WUW CLUB LOST A MEMBER WHO MADE YOU LAUGH & MAD LOL-WHILE HIS GOVERNMENT NAME WAS JOE MONTANINO THE CLUB KNEW HIM BY GIMMICK NAME THE MONT & JOE SO DELICIOUS…VIDEO WRESTLING FOOTAGE IS FROM A FELLOW WRESTLING COMPANY CALLED VICTORY PRO WRESTLING THAT MANY WUW CLUB MEMBERS HAVE WORKED FOR…
DA MIKE I TO MIKE IANUZZI STORY
When I was young all I ever wanted was to live my dream and become a wrestler. The acrobatics, story telling, it captivated me so much that I HAD to do it. Its safe to say i was obsessed… But how do you become a wrestler? That’s a question I get asked almost every time i tell someone I’m breaking into the sport. Well, when I was 17 I started my search. I looked all over the country from Texas to Florida, Detroit, New England, California and then New York. I came very close to packing everything up and moving to California after high school …but something kept me from going. One day I was talking to a friend( Marti Belle) and she told me she just started being a valet for wrestlers over at Johnny Rodz wrestling club down in Brooklyn and that I should call him and see what he has to offer me. So Marti gave me his number and I called. Johnny asked me a few questions and then asked me where I lived and when i can come down for a face to face interview. I said I live upstate about 100 miles from you guys and I will see you that Thursday…the rest is history. I was sold. Gleasons is a no thrills hardcore gym filled with boxers and wrestlers all working their asses off at any given time, and that atmosphere right away hooked me. Now the hard part of balancing it all came into play. Living 100 miles away it is NOT easy to get there…but this is my dream. So I took any job i could to pay for my training. I worked making pizzas,scrubbing toilets selling furniture whatever i could do to pay for it. I never got special treatment from Johnny and I will always be thankful of that. He always told me starting out that he can’t tell me how to get down there. It is all up to me because after all…this was my dream. He later introduced me to a whole bunch of guys that he trained and went on to bigger and better things. Matt Striker, D-von Dudley, Jason Knight, Tommy Dreamer, Prince Nana and the list goes on, with all of them leaving me with at least one piece of knowledge to further my wrestling career. As training progressed and I grew as an athlete and performer,as well with age and wisdom, I got a call that ive been dreaming about since I was 8 years old. The WWE came calling asking for me to participate in a tryout match. I was so excited to tell my friends and family,who have been with me since I started and they were all just as happy as me. With the WWE pleased with my all around presentation, I was sent back with things to work on,things to keep and never lose and things to give back. Johnny always told me to look out and be ready because you never know….and he is absolutely right. You never know what will happen in wrestling, even in life itself so always be ready, never take your eyes off of the big goal no matter how unreal it seems and no matter where you are in life. I hope I can give someone reading this some hope…I’m nothing special, I wasn’t lucky or handpicked…I’m just following my heart…following my dream.