Second release in less than a week for WWE
JON WALDMAN -- SLAM! Wrestling
Just four days after Scotty Goldman was released by WWE, the Fed made another roster cut, as Manu is no longer with the company effective immediately.
Manu, real name Afa Anoa'i Jr., had only been with the main roster since September 2008, joining Ted DiBiase Jr. and Cody Rhodes in the "Priceless" faction. Manu made his debut after joining a post-match beatdown of Cryme Tyme at the Unforgiven pay-per-view following a World Tag Team Title defence. Manu, DiBiase and Rhodes, at the same pay-per-view, would help Randy Orton attack CM Punk and Kofi Kingston.
Following the PPV, Manu would accompany the Priceless members to ringside, though would rarely see action initially. As time went by, however, Manu would begin to compete in singles and other matches.
On November 3, as the relationship with Orton grew, Manu and Rhodes would attack DiBiase, effectively commencing the Legacy group. The trio would later be joined by Sim Snuka (known up to that point as Deuce). Orton would begin putting the younger members of Legacy through a series of trials to retain membership in the group. Manu was the first eliminated, and later Snuka joined him on the outside of the faction.
Following the pair's eviction, the two were joined by DiBiase on the January 12 episode of Raw, who would later turn on the duo and join Rhodes and Orton. A brief appearance one week later on Raw was the last that Manu was seen on WWE TV.
Prior to joining the Raw roster, Manu had made sporadic appearances on Heat, while also training with Florida Championship Wrestling. The son of Afa, the Wild Samoan, also trained in Deep South Wrestling and Ohio Valley Wrestling when the two territories were WWE affiliates.
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