The “Samoan Bulldozer” Umaga had quite a remarkable run with WWE. Umaga was a member of the Anoa’i family of Samoan wrestlers which includes notable stars like The Rock, Rikishi and The Usos. Rikishi recently shed light on the fact that Umaga’s Hall of Fame induction is long overdue.
Umaga had two different runs with WWE. He debuted as Jamal of 3-Minute Warning along with Rosey in 2001. He was released in 2003 but made a comeback in 2005 where he was repackaged as Umaga.
On Dec 21, Rikishi took to social media to call out WWE on Umaga’s candidacy. Rikishi tweeted that Umaga deserves to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2022.
“I feel it’s long overdue #UmagaHOF class of 2022 . What you say @WWEUniverse should my brother go in this year ?? #UmagaClassOf2022”
Umaga was Vince McMahon‘s representative in the hair vs hair wager match at WrestleMania 23. He lost to Bobby Lashley at that event. It resulted in Vince McMahon having to shave his head, much to Donald Trump’s amusement.
Umaga was also a 2x Intercontinental Champion in WWE. In 2009, WWE released him due to his refusal to go to rehab following a violation of the company’s wellness policy. He passed away due to a heart attack just 6 months later at the age of 36.
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