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Hikuleo
LeoTon
Leo Tonga in September 2017
Birth name Taula Koloamatangi
Born February 7 1991 (1991-02-07) (age 27)
United States
Resides United States
Alma mater Webber International University[1][2]
Family Tonga Fifita (uncle/adoptive father)
Tama Tonga (brother)
Tanga Loa (cousin/adoptive brother)
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) HikuLe’o
Leo Tonga
Hikuleo
Height 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in)
Weight 120 kg (260 lb)
Trained By NJPW Dojo
Mark LoMonaco
Devon Hughes
Bad Luck Fale
Debut November 12, 2016

 

Taula Fifita (born Taula Koloamatangi on February 7, 1991) is a Tongan-born American professional wrestler better known by the ring name Leo Tonga trained by and signed to New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW). Fifita is part of a large wrestling family, as he is the brother of Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa and the one of the son's of Haku. He also has a cousin Bad Luck Fale, that wrestle with them in NJPW as part of the Bullet Club.

Early lifeEdit

In 1991, he and his elder brother Alipate were adopted by their maternal aunt, Dorothy Koloamatangi, and her husband Tonga Fifita, who brought them to the United States. They took him back to Poinciana, Florida where he grew up with his biological cousins, who he later came to see as siblings, fellow professional wrestler Tevita and his older sister Vika.[3]

When he was a kid he wanted to become a professional wrestler after seeing his father on TV. He was raised in Kissimmee, Florida, attending Osceola High School. He attended Florida's Webber International University, majoring in sport management and playing basketball as a center for the Webber International Warriors. He was named Webber International University's junior varsity men's basketball most valuable player for 2009-2010.[1][2][4]

Professional wrestling careerEdit

New Japan Pro Wrestling (2016–present)Edit

Taula Fifita began training with New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) in 2016 but before training in NJPW he trained under Team 3D wrestling academy until his in-ring debut on November 12, 2016 under the name HikuLe'o, losing to fellow young lion Henare in a dark match.[5][6]

On September 6, it was announced that he would join their brothers Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa in the Bullet Club, now under the ring name Leo Tonga, replacing Kenny Omega on an upcoming Road to Destruction tour due to Omega having suffered a knee injury.[7][8][9] Leo made his in-ring debut with his brothers Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa in a losing effort against Juice Robinson, Hanson and Raymond Rowe, with Leo being pinned by Robinson. On October 18 Tonga got his first victory teaming with Bullet Club stablemate Yujiro Takahashi defeating Tetsuhiro Yagi and Ren Narita with Tonga pinning Narita for the win. On January 4, 2018, Fifita appeared at Wrestle Kingdom 12, the 27th annual January 4 Tokyo Dome Show (NJPW's annual flagship event), taking part in a New Japan Rumble.[10] On January 9, it was announced that Leo was going to change his ring name to Hikuleo, representing him no longer being a young lion.

Personal lifeEdit

A second generation professional wrestler, Fifita is the nephew and adopted son of professional wrestler Tonga Fifita and Dorothy Koloamatangi. He has a brother, Alipate, and is the cousin and adopted brother of Tevita and Vika. He is also the adopted cousin of Fale Simitaitoko.[11]

In wrestlingEdit

  • Finishing moves
    • T-Bomb (Neck Hanging Bomb)
    • Vertical Suplex
    • Chokeslam (sometimes with the two hands)
  • Signature moves
    • Body Slam
    • Forearm Smash
    • Knife-edged chop
    • Running Lariat into a conored opponent
    • Running Big Boot
  • Entrance themes
    • "The Underboss" by Yonosuke Kitamura (used while teaming with Bad Luck Fale)
    • "Guerrilas of Destiny"[12] (used while teaming with Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa)
    • "Shot'Em" by [Q]Brick[13] (used while a part of Bullet Club)

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Taula Koloamatangi - 2010-11 Men's Basketball". WebberAthletics.com. Webber International University. http://webberathletics.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=597. Retrieved January 5, 2018.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Taula Koloamatangi - 2012-13 Men's Basketball". WebberAthletics.com. Webber International University. http://webberathletics.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=1861. Retrieved January 5, 2018.
  3. Tama Tonga. Episode 3: Tanga Loa (part 1) audioboom.com MLW Radio Network. (2 July 2016).
  4. "Taula Koloamatangi". ESPN.com. ESPN. http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/player/_/id/54581. Retrieved January 5, 2018.
  5. "NJPW Charity Pro-Wrestling "On The Mat"". http://www.profightdb.com/cards/njpw/charity-pro-wrestling-on-the-mat-25190.html.
  6. "CONGRATS to @Team3DAcademy graduate HikuLe'o on beginning his career with @njpw1972. VERY PROUD of him and his brothers!#younglion". January 6, 2017. https://twitter.com/bullyray5150/status/817388422423777280.
  7. (in Japanese) New Japan Pro-Wrestling. September 6, 2017. Archived from the original on September 6, 2017. http://www.webcitation.org/6tGulO9sa?url=http://www.njpw.co.jp/113029. Retrieved September 6, 2017.
  8. Radican, Sean (September 6, 2017). "NJPW announces Omega to miss several dates with injury, latest MLW One Shot w/Ricochet and Strickland (w/Radican's analysis)". Pro Wrestling Torch. http://www.pwtorch.com/site/2017/09/06/njpw-announces-omega-miss-several-dates-injury-latest-mlw-one-shot-wricochet-strickland-wradicans-analysis/. Retrieved September 6, 2017.
  9. "Replacing an injured Kenny Omega, G.O.D.’s “Big” little bro. Leo Tonga is looking to make an impact in the New Japan ring!". https://www.njpw1972.com/14297. Retrieved 6 September 2017.
  10. Ethan Renner (January 3, 2018). "NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 12 live results: Okada-Naito, Omega-Jericho". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. https://www.f4wonline.com/japan/njpw-wrestle-kingdom-12-live-results-okada-naito-omega-jericho-249171. Retrieved January 5, 2018.
  11. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named audioBoom
  12. (in Japanese) New Japan Pro-Wrestling. January 30, 2017. http://www.njpw.co.jp/82273. Retrieved January 30, 2017.
  13. [Q]Brick (May 22, 2014). ""Shot'Em" Bullet Club 2nd Theme". SoundCloud. https://soundcloud.com/qbrickmusic/shotembulletclub. Retrieved November 10, 2014.
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