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Eddie Fatu (Jamal, Umaga) Passes Away at Age 36

Posted by invizweb on December 4, 2009

According to the Figure Four Weekly/Wrestling Observer site, Eddie Fatu who wrestled as Umaga, Jamal of 3 Minute Warning, and O.G. Ekmo, has passed away at 6:00 PM Eastern Standard Time.


Eddie Fatu (1973-2009). courtesy of WikiMedia Commons


I wasn’t very comfortable when Armando Alejandro Estrada appeared into the ring to confront Ric Flair and then introduced the world to his “Samoan BullDozer” Umaga. He seemed like a caricature. A racist throwback to times passed. To be honest though, I did not find hsi work as Jamal that exciting, and I did not see his work in Music City Wrestling (where WWF management had high prospects for him), FMW, or his apparently incredible run in All-Japan. Also, I thought he stiffed Flair that night. However, as time went on, the gimmick grew on me. Umaga was a scary archetypal “monster” who played the role perfectly crushing jobbers each week until John Cena stepped in. His series of matches where he carried Cena were very good.  His biggest career match was the Wrestlemania XXIII match against Bobby Lashley with Vince McMahon’s Hair on the line vs Donald trump’s Hair.  His last match was last Saturday in Sydney during the Hulkamania Tour.  Ken Kennedy was his final single match opponent.As a man born into the Pro Wrestling business, he treated it as such with utmost respect. He will be missed. I give my condolences to his friends, family, and loved ones.

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