Umaga (1973 – 2009)

The guy called Eki “Eddie” Fatu in real life was 36 when he passed on.

He was a two-time Intercontinental Champion defeating Jeff Hardy in his first title defense (losing it to Santino Marella – this was Santino’s debut as a fan with a wrestling background) and then taking the belt from Santino six weeks later (he lost the belt to Jeff Hardy 2 months later).

He started out as part of Three-Minute Warning, Eric Bischoff’s destructive Samoan force bent to break rules and make Eric’s foes pay. Working as Jamal, he was released from his WWE contract when he got involved in a bar fight less than a year in Raw.

He is part of a rich heritage of wrestlers coming from Samoa. Among his relatives and “island mates” are the Wild Samoans, High Priest Maivia, Rikishi, Manu, Yokozuna, Rosey, and the Rock.

He went to the indies, Japan, and TNA before returning to the WWE as the Samoan Bulldozer Umaga where he became a member of Raw and Smackdown’s elite upper midcard division. Accompanied by his handler Armando Alejandro Estrada, he fought wars with Triple H, John Cena, Kane, Jeff Hardy, CM Punk, and others.

I don’t know the specifics yet but they are saying that his death happened because of two almost successive heart attacks. He was released from his WWE contract (by now his characters has learned to speak English unlike his earlier “Tasmanian Devil” speech patterns) because he violated the company’s policies twice.

Before his death, he wrestled for Hulk Hogan’s Australia Tour where the likes of Ric Flair, Mr. Kennedy, Val Venis, and Shannon Moore were also at hand. This was his last appearance in the squared circle.

He will be missed.


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