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Overview (4)

Born in Nuku'alofa, Tongatapu, Tonga
Birth NameTonga 'Uli'uli Fifita
Nicknames Haku
Meng
King Haku
King Tonga
Height 6' 1½" (1.87 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Born in the South Pacific island which shares his first name, Tonga 'Uli'uli Fifita was entrenched in athletic competition from an early age. He attended Tonga College, an all-boys school, where the top sport was rugby. After a troupe of Japanese sumo wrestlers visited the island kingdom in an attempt to drum up local interest in the sport, Fifita was selected at age 14 to join a contingent of Tongan wrestlers for further sumo training in Japan. (Fellow Tongan sumo wrestler Sione Vailahi aka 'The Barbarian' would later follow the same career path.) However, with the generous amounts of money Fifita saw professional wrestlers making in Japan, he decided to change careers, turning pro at 18. After touring various circuits throughout Japan and Canada, he debuted in the World Wrestling Federation in 1985 as 'King Tonga'. He immediately made an impact as a fan favorite when he bodyslammed Big John Studd on an episode of WWF Superstars (1986).

He remained with the company for the next six years, turning heel as 'Haku' after aligning himself with manager Bobby Heenan. In 1987, he formed 'The Islanders' tag team with the 'Tonga Kid' Sam Fatu. He was crowned 'King' of the WWF in 1988, and teamed with Andre the Giant to defeat Demolition for the WWF tag team championships in 1989. He later turned up in World Championship Wrestling, appearing on WCW Monday Nitro (1995) & WCW Thunder (1998) with an even meaner streak as 'Meng' - master of the Tongan death grip. By 2000, however, with mis-management and financial chaos running rampant in WCW, Tonga was let out of his contract, and hired back on a per-event basis. While celebrating a reign as WCW Hardcore champion, Tonga was contacted by the rival WWF within mere days of his title win at WCW Sin (2001), and was offered a contract. He returned to the WWF soon after, as the 29th entrant in the Royal Rumble (2001). That turned out to be a good business move for him, as WCW was soon shut down and sold off to the WWF. This time around he formed a temporary alliance with fellow Islander (& Tonga Kid's brother) Rikishi, feuding with the Undertaker & Kane on _"Raw Is War" (1997)_ & WWE Smackdown! (1999).

Though now mainly retired from in-ring competition, he continues to be involved in other commercial ventures such as Tri Women's Fitness, where WWE Superstars Torrie Wilson & Victoria are known to have got their start prior to their wrestling careers. He also now works as Detail Manager for Central Florida's David Maus Toyota. Tonga now lives in Poinciana, Florida with his wife Dorothy, sons Tevita, Alipate & Taula and daughter Vika.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Spouse (1)

Dorothy Koloamatangi (1980 - present) (4 children)

Trade Mark (6)

Huge Afro (2000-2001)
Trademark move: Headbutt
Trademark move: Splash
Trademark move: Savate Kick
Trademark move: Backbreaker
Finishing move: Tongan Death Grip

Trivia (35)

Former member of the Heenan Family.
Former sumo wrestler, under the name of "Fukonoshima".
Was trained by the legendary Jaianto Baba.
Former WWE Tag Team champion.
Tag team partners have included Rikishi, The Barbarian, André the Giant and the Tonga Kid.
Was the Best Man at the wedding of Dwayne Johnson.
First cousin of former Radio & TV Tonga News (2000) reporter Sione Vikilani.
When Haku jumped from WCW to WWE in 2001, he was still the WCW Hardcore Champion. WCW never acknowledged the belt again.
Haku entered the NWA using the name "Prince Tonga" and was later promoted to "King Tonga".
Many believe that Haku began his wrestling career as Lenny or Larry Hurst, but Haku denied this in an interview.
Has 2 children - Vika & Tevita, and 2 adopted sons - 'Alipate & Taula, who are actually Haku's nephews by blood.
His daughter Vika was an all-county volleyball and softball player at Poinciana High School, Florida. She graduated from Florida State University in 2004.
His son Pate Leone was the leading receiver in Osceola County, Florida during his senior year, scoring 8 touchdowns. 'Alipate later graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.
Is widely regarded within the wrestling industry as one of the toughest men, both in and out of the ring.
When walking to the ring for his matches, he would shout into the camera, "Mate Ma'a Tonga" (translation: "Die for Tonga"), which is the motto of the school he attended, Tonga College. He also usually writes this phrase next to his name when signing autographs.
In the Powers of Pain shoot wrestling interview DVD released by RF Video, wrestlers Warlord & Barbarian talk about how Haku once knocked out four men single-handedly at a night club, after the men would not stop taunting him with disparaging racial remarks.
Was the only man ever to hold the WWF Tag Team Championship with André the Giant.
His son Tevita Fifita was a defensive end football player for the University of Texas-El Paso (UTEP), having played at the Houston Bowl.
Is referred to as Uncle Tonga, in Dwayne Johnson's autobiography, 'The Rock Says'. He helped Rock with his first professional WWF match, lending Dwayne a pair of his old electric purple wrestling tights (which were too big on Dwayne). Although not a blood relative of the Rock, Tonga has been a good family friend for all of Dwayne's life, as Tonga was very close to the Rock's late grandfather, Samoan wrestler, 'High Chief' Peter Maivia.
Is one of only two Tongans to have wrestled for both the WWF & WCW. The other is his former tag team partner Sione Vailahi (a.k.a. The Barbarian). Coincidentally, prior to their professional wrestling careers in the United States, both men trained in Japan as Sumo wrestlers, although Tonga started Sumo training several years before Sione did.
First-cousin of Australian Wallabies rugby player Tatafu Polota-Nau.
In 1995, Haku became Meng in WCW. He served as a bodyguard for Colonel Rob Parker's Stud Stable.
When he first moved to the United States, he refereed matches in the Amarillo territory.
His son Tevita Fifita earned his bachelor's degree in communication from the University of Texas at El Paso in December 2004, later choosing to pursue a master's degree in public administration.
Former WCW Hardcore Champion.
Has a scar on his upper right arm as the result of a shark attack in his native homeland. In Chris Jericho's autobiography 'A Lion's Tale', Chris mentions that Tonga ended up killing the shark with his bare hands.
Wore his 'Meng' wrestling attire while appearing in the Mortal Kombat: Conquest (1998) episode, 'Festival of Death'.
His wrestling name - Haku - is the first word uttered by Dwayne Johnson in The Mummy Returns (2001).
Won a Slammy Award in 1986, in the 'Bobby "The Brain" Heenan Scholarship Award' category.
His sons, Pate Leone, Tevita Fifita and Taula Koloamatangi were trained for professional wrestling by Mark LoMonaco and Devon Hughes (a.k.a. The Dudley Boyz). Tevita was signed to a WWE developmental contract in early 2009, later wrestling on the WWE Smackdown! (1999) roster as Camacho. Pate signed on as Tama Tonga with New Japan Pro Wrestling, while Taula made his in-ring debut as Hikule'o at NJPW's On the Mat (2016) iPPV.
His middle name, Uliuli, means "black" in Tongan.
When Gary Hart created the Great Kabuki character, Tonga Fifita was considered for the role, but was ultimately deemed too young at the time, as Tonga was in his late teens. The Great Kabuki gimmick ended up being given to Akihisa Mera.
Worked in Florida as a car salesman. [June 2005]
Worked as a detail manager for David Maus Toyota in central Florida. [October 2006]
WCW booker Kevin Sullivan gave him the name Meng, based on the Flash Gordon (1936) villain, Ming the Merciless.

Personal Quotes (8)

On WWE Hall-of-Famer Big John Studd: "John is a difficult man to describe. He was big and strong, and I was grateful that he was willing to work with me."
On Sam Fatu a.k.a. The Tonga Kid: "I had a great time with the Kid -- we were both young. He was unbelievable. He could talk, he could wrestle, and he could fly."
On his former manager, Bobby Heenan: "He was funny. I wished sometimes that the people could hear him. They saw him as a manager and an announcer. If only they could have seen him away from the ring and the TV. He was the funniest person to be around. We used to laugh all day long."
On former tag-team partner, André the Giant: "I was thankful to be a part of the Colossal Connection. Working with the Giant was something that I can only describe as awe inspiring."
On Vince McMahon: "I'm not trying to kiss Vince McMahon's ass but he's great. The way he created the Superstars, the way he created what's going on today (in WWE) -- it's unbelievable."
On Stone Cold Steve Austin: "We were in WCW together. He was a great wrestler, but all of a sudden, WCW let him go. And now look at him! He's a main event superstar today."
On Dwayne Johnson: "I've known this kid since he was a baby, and look at where he is today. I'm glad to see that. Sometimes I sit back and wonder what his grandfather Peter Maivia would say about his grandson."
On his reputation for being the sport's most legitimate tough guy: "I came up in the days when you had to be tough to protect yourself as a wrestler, especially outside the ring. For the bad-guy wrestlers mainly, it was really tough for us to walk into a bar or other places, because challenges would be made against us. People would call the business fake, and it was my duty to defend the business -- that's how I put bread on the table. I had a lot of fights because I take great pride in being a wrestler and in defending my friends. But I'm not tough. I believe all wrestlers are tough -- in different ways. They all believe in protecting the business and protecting themselves."

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