One of the most memorable RAW moments in WWE history is the gruesome encounter between Umaga and Steve-O & Chris Pontius (from Jackass). The pair were on the show to promote their new movie – “Jackass 2”. The duo were sat front row at the event and were invited into the ring by announcer Todd Grisham, but were interrupted and ambushed by Armando Alejandro Estrada and his client, the Samoan Bulldozer Umaga.
Pontius and Steve-O were beaten down by Umaga, who at the time was one of the most feared wrestlers in the world. His 300lb frame, mixed with his incredible agility and uncontrollable rage led many a child to run and hide behind the sofa whenever he appeared on screen.
Umaga had many memorable feuds in WWE during this time and wrestled some fantastic matches against some of the top stars in the company. Bouts against the likes of Triple H, John Cena and Jeff Hardy cemented him as a top heel in the company, although drug issues would lead to his untimely release from the company in 2009.
During a “watch along” on his Youtube Channel, Steve-O was joined by Chris Pontius as the Jackass stars looked back at their now-infamous appearance in WWE, where they were beaten down mercilessly by the Samoan Bulldozer, Umaga.
“It’s one of the craziest things that ever happened to me. When we were on Monday Night Raw in 2006 Jackass Number Two had just come out. It was number one in the box office. “
“I was like heinously on drugs.- The WWE came into town and the theme of that night was like ‘Hollywood’, so they had different celebrities that they invited [to appear on Monday Night Raw]. We weren’t originally like set to go to wrestle.
“They wanted us to go into the ring and you know… Plug our movie… Plug some stuff. And Vince McMahon’s out there and he’s like, ‘You’re gonna get these guys in the ring and not have them wrestle? We are fucking idiots if we don’t get them to wrestle somebody!’
“I remember walking through [WWE Backstage] and being really fascinated to see how much preparation goes into one of these matches”.
He then began to watch the match and revealed that everything did not go to plan. Steve-O and Pontius were attacked by Umaga and completely dominated by the former WWE Intercontinental Champion. First Chris Pontius was attacked before Steve-O bore the brunt of the assault.
Steve-O went on to reveal that he was not instructed exactly on what to do in the ring. He began to laugh at Umaga during the wrong point in the match, leading the Samoan to think he was disrespecting him which led to him being even stiffer with his following attacks.
He also noted that he was not told to stop moving while on the floor. He writhed around in pain after every move, once against making Umaga think he was disrespecting him by not selling his moves. There was a lack of communication between Steve-O and Umaga and the Jackass star said that he had not been told to stay still in the ring so that the segment could end.
“So now the match is supposed to be over, but I don’t know that I have to play dead. So I keep moving around. I’m like, ‘Ah!’ And like he’s not done beatin’ me up. Now he’s gonna hit me with a f*****’ elbow that actually knocked me into a blackout “
“And I showed this to Jason Ellis and he said, ‘Dude that is not a WWE elbow. That is an MMA Elbow’. And I’m begging him, I’m like, ‘Please stop doing this to me.’ .But that means that he has to keep doing it because I’m movin’ around.”
“I don’t remember leaving the ring, and they just cut to a commercial. When we did leave the ring, we went down the aisle and we went to the control room and Vince McMahon is in there and he’s like, ‘Yes!’. He was so stoked. They could’ve stressed the importance of staying down a little bit more!”
In the title of the video, Steve-O called the encounter “The Worst Beating I Ever Got”, and watching the footage below it’s certainly easy to see why!
As far as celebrity guests goes, Steve-O and Chris Pontius’ appearance with the WWE was one of the less impressive and maybe most dangerous. However, the fact people remember it 15 years later shows that they did something right and the pair have now been written in wrestling legend.
Umaga passed away in 2009, aged just 36. You can click below to read about Umaga potentially going into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2023