Lance Anoa'i has his sights set on a big 2023.
Anoa'i signed with MLW in May 2022, and he was brought in as a member of the Samoan Swat Team alongside Jacob Fatu and Juicy Finau. Anoa'i has been featured with the company ever since. Finau and Anoa'i continued to gain momentum, and they challenged for the MLW World Tag Team Championship at MLW Blood & Thunder 2023.
Speaking on The Family Business, Anoa'i was asked to describe his goals for 2023. He emphasized that he's focused on carrying the Samoan Swat Team name and aiming to find success. Anoa'i also stated that he believes he, Finau, and Fatu are talented enough to work anywhere. He stated that they have had talks with AAA, and they're hoping that 2023 will be a big year.
“Right now, I wanna go up from the MLW Tag Team Titles with me and Juicy, and then my cousin Jacob going for the MLW Heavyweight Title once again, we’re just trying to make moves and carry that Samoan Swat Team name and just keep it going. From there, I think me and Juicy have the talent to work on any company, any show, even Jacob. Overseas, we’ve been in talks with AAA already. We’re trying to make moves here, so hopefully 2023 is a big year for the Samoan Swat Team," Anoa'i said.
When asked whether he eventually wants to go to WWE, Anoa'i stated that he'd love to get there one day. He noted that he likes seeing his family, Roman Reigns, The Usos, and Solo Sikoa, excel with The Bloodline. At the same time, he emphasized that he is focused on MLW right now, and he'll roll with the punches moving forward.
“Man, hopefully one day. I love watching WWE, watching my family, The Bloodline, they’re just tearing it up in WWE. But as of right now, I’m just focusing on MLW. They gave me the opportunity, they gave me the shot. I’m ready to rock out my deal, and from there, it all depends where it goes from there. I could stay with MLW longer if they like. WWE, AEW, who knows? But I’m just ready to roll with the punches," Anoa'i said.
In the same interview, Anoa'i looked back on facing Shane McMahon on WWE Raw. Check out his comments here.
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