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Encyclopedia > Tonga Fifita
Tonga 'Uli'uli Fifita
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Ring name(s) Prince Tonga
King Tonga
Tonga Fifita
Haku
King Haku
Meng
Super Zym
Billed height 185 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Billed weight 142 kg (313 lb)
Born February 3, 1959
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Resides Kissimmee, Florida
Trained by Giant Baba
Debut 1978
Retired 2002

Tonga 'Uli'uli Fifita (born February 3, 1959 in Nuku'alofa, Tonga, then under British sovereignty) is a former professional wrestler for both World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). In WCW, he used the name Meng; in the WWF, he used the names King Tonga, King Haku, and Haku. He was known by his wrestling peers as the toughest backstage fighter of his era. February 3 is the 34th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Busy Talamahu market in Nukualofa Nukualofa, population 22400 (1996), is the capital of Tonga. ... Kissimmee is a city in Osceola County, Florida, United States. ... Shohei Baba (1938–1999) was a professional wrestler and co-founder of All Japan Pro Wrestling. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... February 3 is the 34th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nukualofa, population 21,300 (1986), is the capital of Tonga. ... World Championship Wrestling (WCW) was an American professional wrestling promotion which existed from 1988 to 2001. ... World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ...

Contents

Career

Growing up in the South Pacific island of Tonga, Fifita attended Tonga College, and at the age of 14, he was part of a group of teenagers sent by the King of Tonga to Japan to study Sumo. After immigrating to Japan in 1974, he competed under the shikona (sumo name) of Fukunoshima. Wikinews has news related to: King of Tonga dies, aged 88 Tāufaʻāhau Tupou IV, King of Tonga (4 July 1918 – 10 September 2006), GCMG (1977); GCVO (1970); KBE (1958); son of Queen Sālote Tupou III and her consort Prince Viliami Tungī Mailefihi, was the king of Tonga... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


Under the guidance of two other former sumotori who had turned to puroresu, Genichiro Tenryu and Takashi Ishikawa, he joined their home promotion, All Japan Pro Wrestling, upon his retirement from sumo in 1977. Puroresu is Japanese professional wrestling, as seen in FMW, New Japan Pro Wrestling, and All Japan Pro Wrestling. ... Genichiro Tenryu (天龍源一郎 Tenryū Genichirō), real name Genichiro Shimada (嶋田源一郎 Shimada Genichirō), born February 2, 1950, is a Japanese professional wrestler. ... All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW) (全日本プロレス, zen nihon puroresu) is a Japanese professional wrestling promotion established in 1972. ...


Nevertheless, this merely served as a springboard for him to wrestle all over the world. He made a name for himself outside the ring as the toughest wrestler of his era. He is known for biting off noses, knocking people out with one punch, slap or headbutt. Even renowned hardman Bad News Brown himself said in interviews that Fifita was without a doubt the toughest.[1] In 1987, Haku had a backstage fight with Jesse Barr (who wrestled at the WWF as Jimmy Jack Funk) which resulted in Meng gouging one of Barr's eyeballs out, causing Barr to later wear a glass eye. After this fight Fifita had a reputation that steered wrestlers away from backstage confrontations. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... “Fights” redirects here. ... A prosthetic right eye, made from acrylic An ocular prosthetic or artificial eye replaces a missing natural eye following an enucleation or envisceration that was lost due to disease or injury. ...


In the book "Arn Anderson: 4 Ever", Anderson cites an event where Meng/Haku pushed a cowboy through 2 sets of doors with one hand - and a conversation with The Barbarian about who was tougher. The Barbarian just shook his head when Anderson asked who would win in a fight between him and Meng and stated "Meng's the man."


In an interview with Alex Marvez he was asked about one of his legendary fights. Fifita states his favourite was one that cost him a lot of money. Fifita was drinking in the Baltimore Airport Hilton bar with Sivi Afi when five men started laughing at them and said, ‘You guys are the fake wrestlers on TV.’ In response Fifita replied, ‘I’ll just show you how fake it is,’ and he reached over and grabbed one man while three other men jumped on him. Fifita said he did not care. They were punching him left and right, but the man who he grabbed, he bit him on the nose and spat it out and started fighting the other ones. When the others saw him spit out their friends nose, they all ran out of there.[2] However in a DVD shoot interview former pro wrestler Warlord asserts that the nose biting occurred at a night club and was largely unprovoked.[citation needed] DVD (Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc) is an optical disc storage media format that can be used for data storage, including movies with high video and sound quality. ... In botany, the shoot is one of two primary sections of a plant; the other is the root. ... Terry Szopinski (born March 28, 1962 in Pompano Beach, Florida) is a professional wrestler better known as The Warlord. ...


In 1986, known as King Tonga in his rookie year in the World Wrestling Federation, he became a star by bodyslamming Big John Studd on WWF Superstars of Wrestling. He made a name for himself as Haku in the WWF as half of "The Islanders" with Tama. The team had a classic feud with the British Bulldogs that was started when the Islanders, along with manager Bobby Heenan, kidnapped the Bulldogs' mascot, an English Bulldog named Matilda. World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ... John Minton (February 19, 1948 —- March 20, 1995) was an American professional wrestler, better known by his ring name, Big John Studd. ... WWF Superstars of Wrestling was a professional wrestling program that debuted on September 6, 1986, replacing WWF Championship Wrestling. ... For articles about the U.S. band or the TV series called The Islanders see The Islanders (disambiguation) The Islanders were a professional wrestling tag team. ... Larry Anoiai is a professional wrestler best known under the name of The Tonga Kid. ... The British Bulldogs Dynamite Kid & Davey Boy Smith British Bulldogs were the team of Davey Boy Smith & The Dynamite Kid in Stampede Wrestling & WWE (then WWF). ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Country of origin United Kingdom Classification Breed standards (external links) FCI, AKC, ANKC KC(UK), NZKC, UKC The English Bulldog, often called simply the Bulldog, is a medium-sized dog breed that originated in the United Kingdom. ...

The Colossal Connection

In 1989, upon King Harley Race's departure from the WWF, Haku was given Race's crown and robe and rechristened "King Haku". He would later lose the "crown" to Hacksaw Jim Duggan. He would later go on to form the tag team known as The Colossal Connection with André the Giant and win the WWF Tag Team Championsip and later form a tag team with The Barbarian. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... A professional wrestling tag-team consists of two or occasionally three wrestlers who are working together as a team. ... The Colossal Connection were a Professional wrestling tag team collaborated of Andre The Giant & Haku. ... André the Giant was the stage name of André René Roussimoff, (May 19, 1946 – January 27, 1993) a French professional wrestler and actor. ... One of NWAs World Tag Team Championship belts The World Tag Team Championship is the name given to a number of unrelated professional wrestling tag team (multi-wrestler team) titles . ...


In WCW, Fifita served as Meng, the bodyguard for Col. Rob Parker, then as a wrestler for the Dungeon of Doom and a tag team named the "Faces of Fear" with his old tag team partner The Barbarian. He was touted as being a (kayfabe) former bodyguard to the Emperor of Japan. His finishing maneuver was the feared Tongan Death Grip, a nerve grip on the Adam's apple applied to a standing victim who would drop into a prone position and experience the full effect of the hold. Robert Fuller (born Robert Welch on May 14, 1951 in Dyersburg, Tennessee) is a professional wrestler and manager. ... The Dungeon of Doom was the name of a British professional wrestling stable and a faction in World Championship Wrestling that existed from 1995 to 1997 // The Dungeon of Doom is a British tag team. ... The Faces of Fear was the tag team of Barbarian & Meng in WCW, as part of the Dungeon of Doom. ... Sione Vailahi is a professional wrestler best known under the name of The Barbarian. ... For the CPR ocean liner, see Empress of Japan. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see Adams apple (disambiguation). ...


Meng then went back to the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). At the time he jumped ship, he was the reigning WCW Hardcore Champion, but this was never mentioned by WWF, nor was the Hardcore title referred to again on WCW programming. He redebuted as Haku as a surprise entrant in the 2001 Royal Rumble. He then formed a tag-team with Rikishi, but the team did not last long due to Rikishi's injury. Haku was left to wrestle on the lower card shows. He was eventually released from WWF and retired to become a car salesman. He still wrestles on occasion in the independent scene. World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ... WCW Hardcore Championship. ... Royal Rumble 2001 was the fourteenth annual Royal Rumble professional wrestling pay-per-view event from the World Wrestling Federation. ... Solofa Fatu, Jr. ...


In wrestling

Finishing and signature moves

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Managers

The Mouth of the South Jimmy Hart (also known as The Colonel) (born January 1, 1943 in Memphis, Tennessee) is a professional wrestling manager, executive, composer and musician. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...

Championships and accomplishments

  • Lutte Internationale (Montreal)
Regional
  • NWA World Six-Man Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Ken Lucas and George Gulas
  • PWI ranked him # 330 of the 500 best singles wrestlers of the "PWI Years" in 2003.
  • World League Wrestling
  • WLW Heavyweight Championship (2 times)

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Personal life

Fifita is married to Dorothy Koloamatangi. They have a daughter, Vika; a son, Tevita; and two adopted sons, Pate and Taula. His son Tevita played football as a defensive end for the University of Texas at El Paso. United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... Defensive end is the name of a defensive position in the sport of American football. ... The University of Texas at El Paso, popularly known as UTEP, is a public, coeducational university, and it is a member of the University of Texas System. ...


His parents are Kelepi Fifita (father) and Atiola Vikilani Fifita (mother).


Among Fifita's first-cousins are Australian Wallabies rugby player Tatafu Polota-Nau, Australian Customs officer Andrew Fifita and Television Tonga reporter Sione Vikilani. The Wallabies are the Australian national rugby union team. ... Tatafu Polota-Nau (born: 26th July 1985) is a Parramatta Two Blues, Sydney, Australia, rugby union player who also plays in the Super 14. ... TV Tonga/TBC studios & tower at Fasi-moe-afi, Tonga. ... A Female Reporter A reporter is a type of journalist who researches and presents information in certain types of mass media. ...


Fifita currently works at a car dealership in Sanford, Florida. Sanford is a city in and the county seatGR6 of Seminole County, Florida, USA. The population was 38,291 at the 2000 census. ...


Trivia

He was the best man at The Rock's wedding. Dwayne Douglas Johnson (born May 2, 1972) is an American actor and former third-generation professional wrestler,[2] best known for his time in World Wrestling Entertainment as The Rock between 1996 and 2004. ...


He appeared in the 1978 Sylvester Stallone movie Paradise Alley. Sylvester Stallone (born July 6, 1946) is a two-time Academy Award-nominated American actor, director, producer and screenwriter. ... Paradise Alley is a 1978 movie about 3 brothers (known as the Carboni Boys) who live in Hells Kitchen, New York City, during the 1940s. ...


Longtime WWF ring announcer Howard Finkel mistakingly introduced King Haku as "King Tonga" for his opening match at WrestleMania V vs. Hercules, despite going by the name Haku for more than three years prior. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... WrestleMania V was the fifth annual WrestleMania professional wrestling pay-per-view event from the World Wrestling Federation. ... Hercules Ray Hercules Fernandez (1957–2004) was a professional wrestler who primarily wrestled in Florida and Texas. ...


He appeared in a Little Caesars commercial alongside Goldberg. Little Caesars is estimated to be the fourth-largest pizza restaurant chain in the United States. ... William Scott Bill Goldberg (born December 27, 1966) is a currently inactive American professional wrestler, retired football player, and actor. ...


Early in his career, he refereed matches in the Amarillo territory. Nickname: Location within the state of Texas Coordinates: Country United States State Texas County Potter (and Randall) Government  - Mayor Debra McCartt Area  - City  90. ...


In the WWF, he used Jerry "The King" Lawler's Theme Music Jerry The King Lawler Jerry ONeil (The King) Lawler (born November 29, 1949 in Memphis, Tennessee, United States) is a professional wrestler and wrestling commentator. ...


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