The dream came true when he passed the audition to be a wrestler,
conducted by World League Wrestling (WLW) in the early year
of 1998. I was selected from 28 people enrolled in the
audition, said Santoso, adding that a total of seven people
were selected. He has been in training with WLW ever since.
My first match in front of audience with WLW was in
July 1999, said Santoso. My character was Indonesian
I wanted to have a stage character that would represent
my country, said Santoso, as he explained that Kommando
is spelled with a K in Indonesia.
Santoso did not fight for WLW very long as it went bankrupt
and was taken over by Island Extreme Wrestling Federation (IXWF)
in 2000. IXWF is a chapter of the National Wrestling Alliance
which was formed by Professional Wrestling promoters throughout
North America in order to avoid stringent U.S. anti-trust laws,
according to nwawrestling.com.
Santoso started his career in Hawaii wrestling as a jobber,
a person who loses all the time. He was a jobber from 1998 to
1999. In 1999, he was promoted to a heel, a bad
character that people would hate. In 2001, Santoso become a
face, a good character the audience will love. Face
is the last level in IXWF ranking.
Santoso is now ranked No.2 in IXWF hardcore championship wrestling.
According to Lars Anderson, who was the manager for WLW, Santoso
is the first professional wrestler from Indonesia in America.