Umaga’s First and Last Matches in WWE – Bell to Bell

Umaga’s First and Last Matches in WWE – Bell to Bell

(bell ringing) – [Zach] I don’t know about you, but someone who I feel was
a defining wrestler of WWE in the mid-2000s was Umaga. From the beginning, the
guy had a strong push and was involved in some huge matches. So, since you guys have been asking, and since he passed away
10 years ago this month, let’s look at Umaga’s first
and last matches in WWE. The man who would become
the Samoan Bulldozer, Edward Fatu, was born into the legendary Anoa’i family on March 28th, 1973. Growing up in a family of
wrestlers made it natural for Umaga to give
professional wrestling a try. After completing his training, and competing in his uncle’s company, Umaga found his way to the
WWE, and debuted in 2002. During his first run,
Umaga used the name Jamal, and wrestled with his cousin
Rosey as 3-Minute Warning. The group’s most memorable moments usually involved them
ambushing other talents, from wrestlers, to ring
announcers, to lesbians. The team would be disbanded
in just under a year, after Umaga was released from the company. After that, Umaga would
wrestle for the next few years in companies such as TNA,
and All Japan Pro Wrestling, before being signed again
by WWE in December of 2005. Roughly four months later, on the Raw after WrestleMania 22, we would witness the debut of Umaga. While Ric Flair was in the ring, giving a response to his
loss the previous night, a man named Armando Alejandro
Estrada interrupted. The businessman from Cuba told Ric Flair that the Nature Boy’s days were over, and it was time for a change, then came out the Samoan Bulldozer, Umaga. He destroyed Ric Flair and
left the 57-year-old wrestler demolished in the ring. While he didn’t have a
match during his debut, that would change the following week, as Umaga would step into the ring officially to demonstrate
his awesome strength. Before the Samoan made his entrance, Armando Estrada was in the ring, and hyped up the debut match of Umaga. The first things fans noticed
was Umaga’s change in hair. The Samoan Bulldozer had braided it and this would be the look he would use for the rest of his career. Umaga didn’t even wait
for the bell to be rung, and went straight for his opponent, which was a local
competitor named Chris Guy, who you may know better as Colt Cabana. After the initial attack,
Umaga set up his opponent in the corner and performed
the move that would be known as the Samoan Wrecking Ball. The assault on Chris Guy continued with a diving headbutt
from the middle rope. While he could’ve probably
pinned the man there, Umaga decided to take
the submission victory. He jammed his thumb into the
side of Chris Guy’s neck, and left it there until the referee had to call for the bell. It’s your typical squash match, but I liked that they had Umaga
win using a submission move instead of just having him perform a standard, big-guy finisher. Also, the fact that his debut
opponent was Colt Cabana makes for an interesting piece of trivia. Umaga went on to beat
Ric Flair in their feud, and began an undefeated streak, defeating other big-name wrestlers like Shawn Michaels, and Triple H. Finally though, you guessed
it, it was John Cena who was the first person
to pin Umaga in 2007. Despite this, the Samoan Bulldozer would still be a major
player in the company. He became the representative
for Vince McMahon in his rivalry with some
guy named Donald Trump. He also picked up the
Intercontinental Championship and won the title a second
time in the same year. In 2008, Umaga would be
drafted to SmackDown, but would tear his PCL in August, and wouldn’t be seen for
the rest of the year. He returned at the start of 2009, but would disappear until May,
when he would attack CM Punk, preventing him from cashing in the Money in the Bank contract. Obviously, the two eventually squared off in a match that Umaga won at Judgment Day. The Samoan Bulldozer wasn’t so fortunate in their second confrontation,
and fell victim to the GTS. To put an end to the rivalry, they decided to settle things
in a Samoan Strap match at Extreme Rules, which would also be
Umaga’s last WWE match. Before we get into the contest, here’s how this match type works. Both wrestlers would be
tied to opposite ends of a leather strap,
and the goal was to hit all four corners of
the ring in succession. With that out of the way,
the match began with tension as both competitors slowly
inched closer to each other. Finally, CM Punk went on the offensive and delivered repeated
blows to Umaga’s head. The Samoan’s size gave him the advantage, as he barely reacted to Punk’s attacks, and all he needed was one shoulder to knock the future UFC fighter down. Umaga then immediately
went for the turnbuckles, but was quickly thwarted by Punk. The fast-paced movement of
the “Money in the Bank” winner was difficult for Umaga, and left the Samoan
Bulldozer down momentarily. With an opening created, CM
Punk pursued the turnbuckles, but before he could hit the
third one, Umaga pulled CM Punk back and laid him out with a Samoan drop. Using the match type to his gain, Umaga began whipping CM
Punk with the leather strap. The former 3-Minute Warning
member took his beat down outside, and used the
strap to pull and smash the Straight Edge wrestler’s arm against the ring post and steel steps. The action went back
into the ring for a bit until Umaga performed a superkick that sent CM Punk flying to the outside. This allowed the Samoan monster
to go after the turnbuckles and while the first
two were easy to reach, the third proved to be difficult. Punk started pulling on the strap, and when Umaga was in
range, the Chicago-Made Punk struck with a kick and an
elbow from the top rope. Riding the momentum he created, CM Punk attempted a GTS, but ended up with Umaga’s foot in his face. While Umaga managed to hit that move, he wasn’t in control just yet,
as he ran into the turnbuckle and got a low blow, courtesy
of the leather strap. Umaga absorbed a few more of Punk’s moves including the signature
running knee and bulldog. The battle almost ended for Umaga when CM Punk hit three
of the four turnbuckles. With the match in jeopardy,
Umaga yanked his opponent into reach, and hit a swinging
side slam to keep him down. The match was beginning to wear out Umaga, and he realized he needed to end it soon. He successfully hit
three of the turnbuckles, but resistance from CM Punk prevented him from hitting the fourth. With no other option, the Samoan
Bulldozer charged at Punk, only to go over the top
rope and onto the floor. CM Punk then gave another attempt at reaching all four turnbuckles, but was again pulled back before
he could get to the fourth. To incapacitate his adversary, Umaga set his sights on the top rope. However, his plan fell apart
when the Chicago native used the strap to throw
Umaga off his balance and send him crashing onto the mat. By the time Umaga was back to his senses, Punk had hit three turnbuckles, and was closing in on the final one. Using his size and strength, Umaga stopped CM Punk’s progression. To prevent Punk from winning the match, Umaga went for the Samoan Spike, but instead took a ride on the future WWE champion’s shoulders and
received a knee to the face. With the Samoan down, Punk
hit the final turnbuckle for the win, defeating
Umaga at his own match. I know this setup of having
to hit the turnbuckles to win isn’t everybody’s cup
of tea, but I like it. I thought the Samoan Strap fit as well since it was Extreme Rules, but I do wish they used it a bit more, and really beat each other up to show how brutal the match was. On the other hand, the
PG-era wasn’t that old. So that may be one reason
why they didn’t go too far. As a final match, it wasn’t
terrible, but not ideal, but then again, how often
do you see a wrestler have an ideal final match in WWE? For what it was, I don’t
think it was all that bad of a way to leave the company. Also, what a coincidence that
Umaga’s first WWE opponent was Colt Cabana, and his
final one was CM Punk, since the two closely tied together. The day after this match, Umaga
would be released from WWE due to a wellness violation,
and refusing to go to rehab. He would compete on
the independent circuit for a short while until sadly passing away on December 4th, 2009,
due to a heart attack. While Umaga was only in WWE
for roughly three years, I felt like he had a solid run. The mindless, powerhouse
monster has been done before, but I felt like Umaga’s
small tweaks made it fresh. Just for fun, my favorite Umaga moment was at One Night Stand 2008. He was wrestling Jeff Hardy in
a Falls Count Anywhere match and at one point, Jeff
throws a traffic drum that hits Umaga in the
head, and Umaga just yells and kicks Jeff Hardy in the face. I don’t know, it just kinda
makes me chuckle a little. I’ll pass it on to you. What moment from Umaga’s
career was your favorite? Leave your answer in the comments and hit the video in
the center of the screen to watch Andre the Giant’s
first and last matches in WWE. I’m Zach from Tap Out Corner,
and that was “Bell to Bell.” (moderate rock music)

74 thoughts on “Umaga’s First and Last Matches in WWE – Bell to Bell

  1. Do ultimate warrio,y2j,tye dillanger,sin cara, luke harper,the assention,razor ramon,or bret hart I love your videos and I hope you have a blessed night day and morning

  2. The Chris Benoit tragedy really caused WWE to double down on their Wellness Policy. They tried to help Umaga, but he refused to go to rehab. Guess he wasn't a fan of WWE's new approach. Even though Umaga was one of WWE's main players, they released him. They were still trying to repair their damaged public image from the Chris Benoit tragedy. Hell, they weren't even a year removed from ushering in the PG Era. As much of a bad rep that WWE gets, Umaga's death really isn't their fault. He refused the help he was given, and sadly paid with his life.

  3. I still miss him. The CM Punk fued was when I was actually starting to like him but was so sad when I heart he got released. RIP big man.

  4. mine has to be back in 2003 at that years Royal Rumble when he was known as Jamal. his real life brother Rikisi gave him the Stink Face cause at the time he was known for working ''stiff'' in the ring

  5. Your vids are so awesome they are so funny and cool I’m liked and subbed and it would be awesome if you could reply to rthis 😀😃

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