Professional wrestlers are a mighty fearsome bunch, and no matter what wrestling fans yell out while watching matches on their TVs at home they wouldn't have much to say if they met a pro wrestler in person.
A few even managed to fill their fellow wrestlers with fear, making their matches hurt quite a bit more than usual because they were total brutes, but nobody put a hurting on wrestlers like Tonga Fifita.
Veteran grappler Tonga Fifita (aka Meng, Haku or King Tonga) started wrestling in 1978, and by the 80s he was one of the most feared opponents in both the WCW (Meng) and the WWF (Haku).
So what made King Tonga so fearsome? His brute strength and steel intensity:
“The toughest man I’ve ever met in my life. “He took his two fingers on his right hand, his index finger and trigger finger, and he reached into a guy’s mouth and he broke off the guy’s bottom teeth.” Heenan added, ‘I wouldn’t have believed it, if I didn’t see it for myself.’ Bobby Heenan also claimed that Andre the Giant wasn’t afraid of anybody…except for Harley Race and Haku.
“I was in LA one time with him and he fought eight cops, they shot him with mace and he closed his eyes and sucked it in. He just opened his mouth and took a deep breath. I mean, some of the stuff he did was like ‘What the hell’. Scotty (Steiner)and I always thought we were tough guys but that was before we met Meng.”
Other stories include Fifita pushing a man through 3 doors with his bare hands and brute strength. He also admits to biting off a man’s nose for calling pro wrestling fake. He was later sued for over 2 million dollars because of that incident. Kevin Sullivan used Fifita as a threat to other wrestlers who wouldn’t cooperate or were difficult. When that would happen, Sullivan said he would bring Fifita into the room and have him stand there and the wrestlers would instantly work well with the plans.
Another story had Brutus Beefcake complain to WWF management that Fifita was working too stiff. When management confronted Fifita of the incident…Fifita went right after Beefcake. He found him in the shower and began choking him. It took management to ask Hulk Hogan to intervene and calm things down.
Please note that I never said wrestling was fake...King Tonga Rules! *grin*