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Hikuleo
LeoTon
Leo Tonga in September 2017
Birth name Taula Koloamatangi
Born February 7 1991 (1991-02-07) (age 28)
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 sports 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.[11][12] In March 2018, Hikuleo sustained an injury to his anterior cruciate ligament.[13] Hikuleo would be sidelined for nearly a year, during his rehabilitation period Hikuleo trained in the NJPW US dojo. Hikuleo made his return to the promotion on February 22, 2019 at Honor Rising: Japan, accompanying his brothers to ringside. Three days later, NJPW announced Hikuleo would be taking part of the New Japan Cup, making his return match against Mikey Nicholls on March 9. On March 9, he was defeated by Mikey Nicholls in his return match.

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.[14]

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 conered opponent
    • Running Big Boot
  • Entrance themes
    • "The Underboss" by Yonosuke Kitamura (used while teaming with Bad Luck Fale)
    • "Guerrilas of Destiny"[15] (used while teaming with Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa)
    • "Shot'Em" by [Q]Brick[16] (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. Retrieved on 2018-01-05.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Taula Koloamatangi - 2012-13 Men's Basketball . WebberAthletics.com. Webber International University. Retrieved on 2018-01-05.
  3. Tama Tonga. Episode 3: Tanga Loa (part 1) audioboom.com MLW Radio Network. (2 July 2016).
  4. Taula Koloamatangi . ESPN.com. ESPN. Retrieved on 2018-01-05.
  5. NJPW Charity Pro-Wrestling "On The Mat" .
  6. CONGRATS to @Team3DAcademy graduate HikuLe'o on beginning his career with @njpw1972. VERY PROUD of him and his brothers!#younglion (2017-01-06).
  7. ja:ケニー・オメガ選手欠場により、タマ&タンガの“末の弟”、レオ・トンガ選手が新日本マットに緊急参戦!! (Japanese). New Japan Pro-Wrestling (2017-09-06). Archived from the original on 2017-09-06. Retrieved on 2017-09-06.
  8. Radican, Sean 2017-09-06. NJPW announces Omega to miss several dates with injury, latest MLW One Shot w/Ricochet and Strickland (w/Radican's analysis) . Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved on 2017-09-06.
  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! . Retrieved on 2017-09-06.
  10. Ethan Renner 2018-01-03. NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 12 live results: Okada-Naito, Omega-Jericho . Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved on 2018-01-05.
  11. Robert McCauley 2018-01-27. NJPW 'The New Beginning in Sapporo' 1.28.18 preview & predictions . FightBoothPW.com. Retrieved on 2018-02-03.
  12. John Powell 2018-01-28. Bullet Club implodes at New Beginning . Canoe.com. Retrieved on 2018-02-04.
  13. Bryan Rose 2018-03-08. Kitamura, Hikuleo out of New Japan Cup tour due to injuries . Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved on 2018-03-11.
  14. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named audioBoom
  15. ja:【3月1日(水)発売!】エルガン、オスプレイ、Sanada、高橋ヒロムの曲も収録!! 入場テーマ曲集「NJPWグレイテストミュージック V」が登場!! (Japanese). New Japan Pro-Wrestling (2017-01-30). Retrieved on 2017-01-30.
  16. [Q]Brick 2014-05-22. "Shot'Em" Bullet Club 2nd Theme . SoundCloud. Retrieved on 2014-11-10.
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