Rikishi has called for WWE to induct his brother Umaga into the Hall of Fame.
Posting on social media, Rikishi has called a WWE Hall of Fame induction for former Intercontinental Champion Umaga, “long overdue.”
Umaga, real name Edward Fatu, signed with WWE in 2001 before making his debut on the main roster a year later. Appearing as Jamal, he featured in 3-Minute Warning alongside his cousin who worked under the name Rosey. The pair acted as hit-men for Raw General Manager Eric Bischoff, destroying whichever unfortunate Superstar had crossed the boss.
However, Fatu was released in June 2003, heading to TNA and then All Japan.
His next run with WWE proved to be his most famous and most successful, with Fatu re-debuting in April 2003 as Umaga. Over the next year he ran roughshod over Monday Night Raw, famously feuding with John Cena over the WWE Championship.
Heading into WrestleMania 23, Umaga was chosen to represent Donald Trump in the “Battle of the Billionaires” against Vince McMahon. In the run up to the event, Umaga clinched the Intercontinental Championship, before being defeated by Bobby Lashley on the “Grandest stage of them all.”
While the defeat wasn’t a disaster for the Samoan Bulldozer himself, it proved so for McMahon who as part of the stipulation for the match had his head shaved bald.
Umaga continued to hold a high-profile spot on the card until his release in June 2009. Sadly the star passed away just six months later.
I feel it’s long overdue #UmagaHOF class of 2022 .
— RIKISHI (@TheREALRIKISHI) December 21, 2021
Rikishi was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2015, while Yokozuna and the Wild Samoans have also previously received the honour.
The 2021 class included Kane, Eric Bischoff, Molly Holly, The Great Khali and Rob Van Dam.
Inside The Ropes will bring you news of the WWE Hall of Fame class of 2022 as and when the names are revealed.