It has been 17 years since Umaga made his debut in the WWE.
While he wrestled for the company under a variety of gimmicks before, it was as the Samoan Bulldozer that Eddie Fatu truly excelled.
He portrayed a savage monster better than anyone in WWE history. A crazed beast with no regard for anything except violence, he was a terrifying sight for children all across the world during that time.
He passed away in 2009 after a battle with drug addiction, with this year being the 14th anniversary of his death.
In honour of his memory, we’ll look at Umaga’s debut in the WWE and what he did following his first match with the company.
Umaga’s WWE Debut
Umaga made his first appearance in the WWE on April 3, 2006. It was the night after WrestleMania 22, and fans were expecting some debuts to come after the biggest show of the year.
Ric Flair is stood in the ring. One day removed from him losing in the second ever Money in the Bank ladder match, he vows that it isn’t the end of his quest to become World Heavyweight Champion.
Flair was then interrupted by Armando Alejandro Estrada, who introduces the debuting Umaga. He claims that the Samoan Bulldozer is “A new American Hero”, and that he is the man who is “going to change the face of WWE”.
Umaga proceeds to destroy the WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair, hitting all his signature moves.
He hit Flair with kicks, headbutts, a Samoan drop, his corner hip attack move which he made famous, and the terrifyingly deadly and looking back not that scary, Samoan Spike, where Umaga thrusts his outstretched thumb into his opponents’ windpipe, rendering them unconscious.
Umaga had his first match soon after, on the 10th April, 2006. Umaga wrestled Chris Guy, a local jobber brought in just for the match. He destroyed him in less than a minute, showcasing the incredible power of this debuting monster.
Umaga would go on to do great things in the WWE. He beat Jeff Hardy for the Intercontinental Championship, in a series of fantastic matches between the two.
The highlight of their matches was a cage match on Raw, which ended on Hardy hitting an incredible whisper in the wind from the top of the cage.
His best match was against John Cena at the 2007 Royal Rumble. It was a last man standing match, which ended in Cena choking out Umaga with the ring rope.
Umage was fired from the company due to drug issues in 2009, and passed away just a few months later.
Hamish is a writer and podcaster and wrestling fan who is a key part of the Atletifo team.
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