Explaining Haku’s status as the biggest badass in all of pro wrestling

After decades of success as an actor, something unusual happened to Chuck Norris. Famous for playing badass on screen, he became an offbeat internet folk hero in the mid-2000s with a proliferation of Chuck Norris “facts.” These were usually jokes about how impressive or intimidating he was, like “Why aren’t there any streets named after Chuck Norris?” Because no one would want to cross paths with Chuck Norris” or “Chuck Norris isn’t sleeping, he’s waiting.” Professional wrestling fans have since developed their own cult hero along comparable lines. Although he was never Pushed up as a top on-screen star, Haku became the subject of wild stories and a general conception in the wrestling community that he’s the biggest badass the company has ever seen. how did it get there?


Haku was a WWE mid-carder and tag team guy

Coronation of King Haku

Haku is generally best known for his work in WWE. He was half of the Islanders tag team and had a mid-card push through the singles ranks, including a run as King Haku. He was eventually the workhorse of The Colossal Connection, a team that gave Andre the Giant his only undisputed WWE title, and made the company money off of him as a heel. monster for one last run, after his body was badly broken down. They injured one of the big big men and the smaller men running in teams.

The funny thing is, this most memorable run amid WWE Golden Age success didn’t exactly establish Haku as a villain. He was a steady hand, recognizable by his longevity, but the end of the run saw him lose just about every notable outing, including putting on The Ultimate Warrior, The Texas Tornado and Davey Boy Smith.

Meng’s character changed fan perception in WCW

WCW Meng with wooden chair Col Rob Parker

In 1994, Haku debuted in WCW as Meng. He donned sunglasses and black suits while serving as a kayfabe bodyguard to director Colonel Rob Parker. It was a major turning point in Meng’s career, as the company slowly built it up, including a famous spot where Dusty Rhodes smashed a wooden chair over his head, only for Meng not to sell it for 100. %.

Related: Haku & 9 Other Legitimately Tough Wrestlers Who Didn’t Achieve Main Event StatusThe frame was there for fans to start thinking of Meng as a legit badass — not just for the way he was booked, but because that chair shot must have actually hurt at least a little, and it was impressive the man himself could not sell it. Even though Meng has become “just another guy” in WCW — never making it past the ranks of midcard or tag team there either — the seeds have been planted for fans to watch him under. a new day.

The legend of Haku

Haku WWE 2001

The modern era of professional wrestling is virtually defined by set interviews, tell-all books and documentaries. There are several ways this time in the company came at the perfect time to benefit the Haku legend. His colleagues had no shortage of stories about the bad, bad guy he was in real life.

Bobby Heenan tore the lid off this dimension of Haku in a set interview in which he bluntly declared Haku the toughest man he had ever met. He then included specific examples like knocking out someone’s lower teeth in a fight and stating that even Andrew the Giant was afraid of him. A legendary story, which Haku has corroborated in interviews, cites men at the Baltimore airport who fight with the “fake wrestlers”, only to have Haku literally bite his nose off. Just when some of the fervor for those stories had died down, one of the best stories fans learned during Chris Jericho’s appearance on Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Sessions interview show came up. talked about an incident in which Haku cleaned the house during a fight at a Mexican airport.

The professional wrestling world is full of tough people. It probably wouldn’t be right for Haku to really beat anyone in a fight, as he might struggle with bigger, expert-trained athletes like Brock Lesnar, or a highly skilled badass like Steve Blackman. However, the premise that he was this rare wrestler who was even tougher off camera than he was on air creates a certain sense of mythology around the man. While he might otherwise be just another 1980s-1990s wrestler, he has instead become a unique legend for his impressive reputation.

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