The opening match of this past Monday night’s episode of WWE RAW saw reigning Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions The Usos (Jimmy and Jey Uso) successfully defend their titles against Matt Riddle and Kevin Owens with a little bit of an interference from The Bloodline. Immediately following the match, Kevin Owens chased The Bloodline off due to a post-match attack on Matt Riddle, but that would leave Riddle alone in the ring with Solo Sikoa.
Solo then continued his post-match attack on Matt Riddle by hitting him with the Samoan spike and the Bulldozer (hip attack) in the corner of the ring, which are maneuvers previously used by professional wrestling legend Umaga. Sikoa performing these maneuvers are a clear tribute to Umaga, who would have celebrated his 49th birthday recently.
Umaga made his professional wrestling debut in 1995 and was a member of the Anoaʻi family. During his first run with WWE, Umaga was known as Jamal and he was part of 3-Minute Warning with his cousin Matt Anoaʻi (Rosey). He was released from the company in June 2003 and made his return in April 2006 under the ring name Umaga. Umaga would win the WWE Intercontinental Championship on two occasions and would even become Vince McMahon’s representative in the Battle of the Billionaires at WrestleMania.
You can check out the tweets below:
Awesome tribute to Umaga by Solo Sikoa. "The Samoan Bulldozer" passed away on December 4th 2009, he should be in the WWE Hall of Fame by now… #Umaga #RIPUmaga #TheBloodline #WWE #WWERaw pic.twitter.com/I3q3OzddtP— Raphael Wilson (@089968Raph___) December 6, 2022