Haku recalls growing up on the Island of Tonga. He says it was very similar to England in that there was a King and a Queen who reigned, and the entire population worked under the rule of the Royal Family. He says that he grew up with former WWE Superstar ‘The Barbarian’ there, and he was a legitimately tough guy as well.
He recalls starting to compete in Sumo Wrestling competitions early on, and this led to an eventual transition into professional wrestling. He says that respect is a very big part of Sumo Wrestling. Jericho can recall Haku paying for all of his meals when they worked together in Mexico years later, because Haku’s Sumo training led him to believe that you should always take care of the ‘young guys’.
He says that he wasn’t rich at that time, in fact he was quite poor, but his training made it clear that it was his job to always take care of the young guys and then that gets passed down from generation to generation. Jericho admits that he was shocked by Haku’s generosity at the time, but he has never forgotten it either.
He says that he started professional wrestling as ‘Prince Tonga’ before being promoted to ‘King Tonga’. Soon he was recruited from Montreal to join WWE and once there, Vince McMahon came up with the name ‘Haku’. In the language of Hawaii, Haku is apparently translates to ‘Prince’ or something of that nature, so McMahon thought it made sense.