Published on June 20th, 2015 | by Pro Wrestling Stories0
HAKU: Tales of Wrestling’s Toughest S.O.B.
1. A four letter word which stands for danger.
2. If near, high risk of harm or injury; risk; peril.
If his name doesn’t ring a bell, perhaps you might know him better by the name of Tonga Fifita, Prince Tonga, King Tonga, Meng, or King Haku. If you’re still not familiar with who he is, let us introduce you to one of the most terrifying men in professional wrestling.
Grab a coffee, an alpha brain, or some protection, and come along for a dangerous ride. Here are the tales of one of professional wrestling’s toughest men, as told by some of the biggest names in the business!
Meng on His Reputation of Being the Toughest Man in the Locker Room
“[Wrestlers] just wanna throw my name out for the heck of it. I think we were all tough. You had to make the people believe that in wrestling for us to make some money. For us to have all those angles on TV, and to bring them back for all this good stuff. Everybody was tough those days to make money and protect the business.”
“Wrestling…you don’t have to convince ME that it’s real – convince the people, y’know? I mean, that’s what the ‘art’ of wrestling is. We all know it’s a work…so, man – LOOK like you’re taking my head off, but [don’t really].
I’ll give you an example. King Haku…I would put this guy against anybody [in a real fight]…he could kill anybody – this guy’s a killing machine. Ask anybody in professional wrestling, ‘Who’s the toughest motherfucker you’ve ever met?’ It’s this guy.
[But, in the ring] he’d give you a side-kick or whatever and [you would barely feel it].
That. That is the art.”
[Comparing MMA fighters to Haku] “Don’t ever think that anybody would mess with Haku. If he was a young guy and he got into MMA, my god — he’d have done everything! He was the toughest son of a bitch I’ve ever met in my whole life. No lie, take my word for it.”
[After being asked who would win in a fight between The Barbarian, Meng, Scott Norton, Jim Duggan, Fit Finlay, Scott Steiner, Rick Steiner and himself] “Tonga. Nobody else would stand a chance. Not even a question. He could kill everyone without blinking and there is nothing anyone could do about it.”
“One time we were in a rough part of St. Louis for a show. Everyone had been drinking and a large fight broke out, which resulted in the police showing up. Meng had a few drinks, but saw the fight break out so he started trying to break it up. In the process, police thought he was part of the fight and maced him then handcuffed him. Meng was cuffed behind his back, looked at the police, and snapped the handcuffs.”
“Meng is the toughest man, not just wrestler, I’ve ever met in my life. A fight once broke out in a bar and Meng took his two fingers on his right hand, his index finger and trigger finger, and he reached into the guy’s mouth and he broke off the guy’s bottom teeth. If I hadn’t been there and seen it himself, I wouldn’t believe it.
The only two men in the world that Andre [the Giant] feared were Meng and Harley Race.”